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[4/20/2014] Injury Report: Yasuhiro Ogawa (Yakult), Ryo Hijirisawa (Rakuten)

by on Apr.20, 2014 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Hanshin Tigers

  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka visited the Koshien clubhouse on Friday to provide the team with an update on his progress.  The Tigers are still not sure when Nishioka will be able to begin his rehab at the Naruohama facilities. Source: Sanspo 4/20/2014, Daily Sports 4/20/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Jorge Sosa's outing on Sunday was cut short when he hurt the back of his left thigh. Source: Sponichi 4/20/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yuhei Nakamura took an HBP off his left elbow on Saturday.  He was examined at a hospital in Osaka after the game and diagnosed with a bruise.  He was not in the starting line-up on Sunday, but was available off the bench. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/20/2014
  • Yasuhiro Ogawa was taken off the active roster on Sunday because he was still experiencing pain in his right hand.  Ogawa took a batted ball off his right hand during a game against Hanshin on the 18th.  As a precaution, he will have the hand examined at a hospital in Tokyo on Monday. Source: Sanspo 4/20/2014, Sports Hochi 4/20/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/20/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • Ryo Hijirisawa was taken off the active roster on Sunday because he was not feeling well.  Aoi Enomoto was called up to fill in for Hijirisawa. Source: Sanspo 4/20/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/20/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Takeya Nakamura (back tightness) played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Yokohama on Saturday.  He was the starting designated hitter and batted fourth.  He went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. Source: Sponichi 4/20/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Kenichi Nakata was pulled after eight innings on Saturday against Lotte because he had a cut on the tip of his right thumb.  He got the cut when he threw a slider to Yuta Yoshida in the 5th inning.  He managed to limit Lotte's chances on the base-paths until he walked two straight to start the 8th. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/20/2014

[4/20/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Apr.20, 2014 @ 11:54 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants lost after giving up five runs in the 11th inning on Saturday.  The last time they allowed five or more runs in extra innings was when they gave up six runs in the 12th against Chunichi at Tokyo Dome on October 10, 2006. Source: Sponichi 4/20/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Mauro Gomez reached based in his twenty-first consecutive game on Sunday and tied the franchise record for first-year foreign players set by Cecil Fielder in 1989. Source: Sanspo 4/20/2014, Daily Sports 4/20/2014 ... Gomez joined Jim Paciorek (1992), George Arias (2002), and Andy Sheets (2005) as the only foreign players in franchise history to record twenty or more RBIs in April during their first season with the Tigers.  Of the four, only Gomez has managed to achieve the feat during his first year in the NPB.  Source: Sponichi 4/20/2014
  • Daiki Enokida was sent down to Ni-gun on Sunday for extra work.  He has been pulled after three or fewer innings in three of the four starts he has made so far this year.  In the three starts (3.0 innings on March 30 against Yomiuri; 1.2 innings on April 6 against Yakult; and 2.1 innings on April 19 against Yakult), he gave up twelve runs (all earned) on seventeen hits. Source: Sanspo 4/20/2014, Daily Sports 4/20/2014
  • The Tigers extended their winning streak at Koshien to eight games.  Their last eight-game winning streak at Koshien came in September 2006. Source: Sponichi 4/20/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/20/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Takeru Imamura will be sent down to Ni-gun after giving up three runs (all earned) on four hits over two innings of work on Sunday. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/20/2014
  • The Carp moved eight games above .500 on Saturday for the first time since June 5, 1998 (27-19-0).  The last time they were eight games above .500 in April was on April 28, 1998 (14-6-0). ... 2nd round draft pick Allen Kuri joined Yasuyuki Yamauchi (1995), Hiroki Kuroda (1997), and Yuya Fukui (2011) as the only pitchers in franchise history to start their careers with a two-game winning streak. Source: Sanspo 4/20/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/20/2014
  • Shota Dobayashi hit a grand slam on Saturday and joined Terushi Nakajima (September 1990) and Takanori Suzuki (July 1995) as the only players in NPB history to hit a grand slam, walk-off home run (April 2), and pinch-hit home run (April 8) in the same month. Source: Sponichi 4/20/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars fell ten games under .500 on Saturday after playing eighteen games for the first time since 2003. Source: Sanpso 4/20/2014

[4/19/2014] Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Apr.19, 2014 @ 11:56 pm, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Takashi Toritani recorded the 100th modasho of his career on Friday.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/19/2014
  • According to Tokyo Sports, a player on the team half-jokingly said he would only do forehead taps with Mauro Gomez during celebrations (in place of high fives) until the latter knocked out his first home run.  Gomez apparently agreed to the deal and earned his first high five on Thursday when he jacked a home run in his seventy-eighth trip to the plate.  Source: Tokyo Sports 4/19/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • A number of MLB teams could be interested in Brad Eldred after the season.  He might be a particularly interesting option since he might sign for cheap.  Source: Tokyo Sports 4/19/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Daisuke Miura gave up home runs to Yoshihiro Maru, Ryosuke Kikuchi, Shota Dobayashi, Brad Eldred, and Yoshiyuki Ishihara on Friday.  He joined Masahide Yone (October 1, 1995) and Yuji Yoshimi (July 20, 2003) as the only players in franchise history to give up five home runs in a game.  Miura is the first to surrender home runs to five different hitters.  He is also the first pitcher over forty to allow five home runs in game.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/19/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yasuhiro Ogawa took a batted ball off his right hand on Friday.  He told reporters on Saturday that while the swelling had gone down, he still felt pain.  He could take a trip to the hospital if the pain does not subside within the next day or two.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/19/2014, Sponichi 4/19/2014 ... Ogawa will most likely remain on the active roster.  His next start will probably be pushed back a few days.  Source: Sports Hochi 4/19/2014 ... Ogawa will miss his next start on the 25th.  He is hoping to resume playing catch on either Sunday or Monday.  Source: Sanspo 4/19/2014

[4/18/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Apr.19, 2014 @ 12:47 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Shinnosuke Abe recorded his second multi-homer game in as many days on Thursday.  It was the third time he recorded multiple home runs in back-to-back games.  The previous two times both came in 2004: April 11 (two vs Yakult) and 13 (two vs Chunichi); and April 28 and 29 (both against Yakult; three on the 28th and two on the 29th).  No other player in Central League history has accomplished this feat.  Three have recorded multiple home runs in back-to-back games: Sadaharu Oh (1967, 1976), Masaru Uno (1985 twice), and Katsumi Hirosawa (1986, 1992).  Source: Sanspo 4/18/2014, Sponichi 4/18/2014
  • Shuichi Murata will again donate money to organizations involved in providing neonatal care -- 10,000 yen for every hit records this season.  He will also continue to invite current and former NICU patients and their families to games at Tokyo Dome.  Source: official announcement

Hanshin Tigers

  • Randy Messenger moved past Darrell May (540) into sole possession of third on the Central League's all time strikeout list for foreign pitchers.  Messenger struck out seven on Thursday and now has 542 over his NPB career. Source: Daily Sports 4/18/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • The Carp moved six games above .500 with their victory on Thursday.  It was the first time they recorded six more wins than losses after playing in at least sixteen games since they were 15-9-1 on May 1, 2000.  Source: Sanspo 4/18/2014
  • Brad Eldred likes to fish because he finds it relaxing.  He has not done much fishing in Japan during the season, but might start this year if he can find a good spot in Hiroshima.  Source: Tokyo Sports 4/18/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Daisuke Miura gave six runs (all earned) on ten hits and five home runs over six innings of work against Hiroshima on Friday.  He will be taken off the active roster on Saturday.  Source: Daily Sports 4/18/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien walked over to Shinnosuke Abe during pre-game practices on Thursday to apologize for what happened on Wednesday night -- he upset Scott Mathieson when he did a little celebration after hitting a home run in the 9th; after rounding the bases, he looked toward Mathieson and started walking toward him, both benches cleared.  Source: Sports Hochi 4/18/2014

[4/17/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons

by on Apr.17, 2014 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Shinnosuke Abe hit two home runs in Wednesday's game against Yakult, including a shot in the 10th inning.  The home run in extra innings was the fifth of his career, first since April 24, 2009.  The multi-home run game was the twenty-seventh of his career.  Top five Yomiuri players, multi-home run games: Sadaharu Oh (ninety-five, NPB record), Hideki Matsui (forty), Shigeo Nagashima (thirty-six), Yoshinobu Takahashi (thirty-one), Tatsunori Hara (twenty-eight).  Source: Sponichi 4/17/2014 ... Abe hit two more home runs in Thursday's game against Yakult and moved into a fifth place tie with Hara.  It was the first time he recorded multiple home runs in back-to-back games since April 28 and 29, 2004 (both games against Yakult).  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/17/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Mauro Gomez has reached base in all eighteen of Hanshin's games this season.  Cecil Fielder set the franchise record for reaching base in consecutive games by a foreign player in their first year (twenty-one games in 1989).  Source: Daily Sports 4/17/2014 ... Thomas O'Malley reached safely in nineteen straight in 1991.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/17/2014

Chunichi Dragons

[4/16/2014] Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Apr.17, 2014 @ 12:36 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Shintaro Fujinami hit a home run on Tuesday.  He was the first pitcher to hit a home run since Yusuke Nomura on September 12, 2013 and first Hanshin pitcher since Atsushi Nomi on May 6, 2014.  Fujinami also became the first player twenty or younger in franchise history to hit a home run since Hiroshi Hirao and Fumikazu Takanami in 1995 -- Hirao was nineteen years and seven months when he hit a home run on August 3 and Takanami was nineteen years and nine months when he hit a home run on August 19.  The last pitcher twenty or younger in franchise history was Yutaka Enatsu at eighteen years and eleventh months on April 23, 1967.  Source: Sanspo 4/16/2014 ... The fan that caught Fujinami's first home run refused a trade to return the ball.  Source: Sanspo 4/16/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/16/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • 2nd round draft pick Allen Kuri could make his next start on the 19th against Yokohama on there days of rest -- he made a relief appearance on Tuesday.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/16/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • 1st round draft pick Shota Suzuki made his debut in a Ni-gun game against Hiroshima on Wednesday.  He entered the game in the 8th with the score tied at three.  With a runner on first and two out, he gave up a home run to Kenta Kurihara.  His final line: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 17 NP.  He topped out at 138km/h.  Source: Sanspo 4/16/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/16/2014
  • Daniel Cabrera's next start could come on the 20th against Yomiuri.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/16/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Ichi-gun Equipment Manager Yusaku Iriki will appear in Boss' Earth Research Series commercial (spot number forty-one) for Rainbow Mountain.  The commercial will begin airing nationally on the 22nd.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/16/2014