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[8/1/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons

by on Aug.02, 2015 @ 5:04 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Ni-gun game against Rakuten on August 1: Kazuma Okamoto got the start at third and batted fifth. He went 2-for-5 with two RBI, including a solo home run off Tomohiro Anraku in the 2nd inning. The home run was the first of his career. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/1/2015
  • Shuichi Murata's home run at Tokyo Dome on July 31 was the franchise's 2,121st at the stadium. Shinnosuke Abe leads all Yomiuri players with 193 home runs at Tokyo Dome, followed by Yoshinobu Takahashi with 175 and Hideki Matsui with 146. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/1/2015
  • Tokyo Dome opened in 1988. The Giants recorded their 1,000th Tokyo Dome victory on July 31. It was their 1,696th game at the dome. Their first Tokyo Dome victory came in their second game at the stadium on April 9, 1988. Source: Sponichi 8/1/2015 ... Through July 31, the Giants were 1,000-669-27 at Tokyo Dome. Under Tatsunori Hara, they are 448-262-21 at Tokyo Dome. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/1/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Seung-Hwan Oh recorded his thirtieth save of the season on July 31 and became the first foreign pitcher to save thirty games in each of his first two years in the NPB. Three other foreign pitchers have recorded consecutive thirty save seasons, but not in their first two years in the NPB. They are: Rodney Pedraza (thirty-five in 2000, thirty-four in 2001), Marc Kroon (thirty-one in 2007, forty-one in 2008), and Chang-Yong Lim (thirty-five saves in 2010, thirty-two saves in 2011). Source: Nikkan Sports 8/1/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons dropped their game against the Giants on July 31 and extended their losing streak to seven games. It was their first seven-game losing streak since 2002. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/1/2015 ... The Dragons lost against on August 1 and are in the middle of their first eight-game losing streak since August 1994. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/1/2015, Sports Hochi 8/1/2015

[7/31/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Aug.01, 2015 @ 6:44 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants beat the Chunichi Dragons on July 31. The victory was their 1,000th at Tokyo Dome. Source: Sponichi 7/31/2015
  • The Giants recorded back-to-back walk-off victories on July 29 and 30 (against Yokohama) for the first time since October 10 and 11, 2011 (against Hanshin). Source: Nikkan Sports 7/31/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Ni-gun game against Softbank on July 30: Takumi Akiyama started the game and gave up three earned runs over four innings of work. He faced sixteen hitters, allowed four hits, including a two-run home run to Nobuhiko Matsunaka in the 2nd inning, walked none, hit one, and struck out six. Yuta Iwasada relieved Akiyama and tossed three shutout innings. He faced fourteen, allowed four hits, walked one, and struck out one. Source: Daily Sports 7/31/2015
  • Takumi Akiyama and Yuta Iwasada are candidates to get a start during a Hiroshima series that begins on August 4. Source: Daily Sports 7/31/2015, Sanspo 7/31/2015
  • Shintaro Fujinami started feeling like he might develop a cramp in his leg while throwing his warm-ups in the 3rd inning of a game against Yakult on July 31. The team trainer visited the mound in the 4th to check on him. Fujinami did not want to use the cramp as a reason for his poor performance and early exit: six runs, all earned, on six hits and three walks over 3.2 innings of work. Source: Sanspo 7/31/2015
  • Seung-Hwan Oh notched his thirtieth save of the year on July 31 and joined Kyuji Fujikawa (2007-2008) as the only pitchers in franchise history to record two consecutive thirty-save seasons. Source: Daily Sports 7/31/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Shoichi Ino has not won a game since May 30. Kiyoshi Nakahata is planning to skip his next turn in the rotation because he feels extra rest will get him back on the right track. Source: Sanspo 7/31/2015
  • The Bay Stars decided to scratch Yoshiki Sunada from his start on August 1 because he was not feeling well. He was examined at a hospital and diagnosed with gastroenteritis. Source: Sponichi 7/31/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Tetsuto Yamada stole his twentieth base of the year on July 30 and became just the second Japanese Yakult player to record twenty home runs and twenty stolen bases in the same season. The other was Takao Sato in 1957 (twenty-two home runs, twenty-three stolen bases). Source: Sports Hochi 7/31/2015

[7/30/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Jul.31, 2015 @ 5:44 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Yoshiyuki Kamei recorded the fifth walk-off home run of his career on July 29 and moved into a fifth place tie on the franchise's all-time list with five other players: Tatsunori Hara, Kazuhiro Kiyohara, Hideki Matsui, Hayato Sakamoto, and Shinnosuke Abe. Source: Sponichi 7/30/2015, Sanspo 7/30/2015
  • Miles Mikolas' wife, Lauren, participated in a public relations event for Beaute et Sante Laboratories on July 30. Source: Daily Sports 7/30/2015 ... The media was misinformed when they reported that Lauren signed a contract with the Motoko Inagawa talent agency back in June. She told the media through her Twitter account on July 8 that they should contact her through her blog, Fearless Charm, and not the agency. Source: Daily Sports 7/30/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Yutaka Wada recorded his 250th managerial victory on July 29 against Chunichi. The 250 wins is good for ninth most in franchise history. Source: Sanspo 7/30/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Ni-gun game against Orix on July 30: Masahiro Yamamoto started the game and gave up a run over six innings of work. He faced twenty-three hitters, threw eighty-three pitches, allowed seven hits, walked none, struck out one, and topped out at 133km/h. Source: Daily Sports 7/30/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Tetsuto Yamada recorded his tenth home run in the month of July on the 29th and joined Toru Sugiura (ten in May 1985) and Akinori Iwamura (eleven in June and August 2004 and twelve in August 2006) as the only Japanese players in franchise history to hit at least ten home runs in one month. He is the first to accomplish the feat in franchise history as a right-handed hitter. Source: Sanspo 7/30/2015 ... Yamada recorded the fortieth modasho of his career, tenth of the current season, on July 29. Source: Sponichi 7/30/2015

[7/29/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers

by on Jul.30, 2015 @ 10:05 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Alex Castellanos practiced at Giants Stadium on July 29 for the first time since his arrival. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/29/2015
  • On July 28, Hisayoshi Chono became the sixth Giant in franchise history to record at least ten home runs in each of his first six seasons. The other five: Shigeo Nagashima (seventeen yearrs, 1958-1974), Shinnosuke Abe (fourteen years, 2001-2014), Tatsunori Hara (fourteen years, 1981-1994), Yoshinobu Takahashi (eleven years, 1998-2008), and Hideki Matsui (ten years, 1993, 2002). Chono also became the first player on the team to hit ten home runs this season. The home run came in the team's ninety-third game. The last time it took ninety-three games to produce the Giants' first hitter with at least ten home runs was in 1953 (Shigeru Chiba, ninety-three games). It has never taken more than ninety-three games to produce the Giants' first hitter with at least ten home runs since the start of the two leagues. Source: Sanpso 7/29/2015, Sponichi 7/29/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Through July 28, Minoru Iwata was 13-9 with a 1.92 ERA in twenty-nine games against the Chunichi Dragons over his career. He was 4-2 in eleven games at Nagoya Dome. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/29/2015

[7/28/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jul.29, 2015 @ 8:23 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hirokazu Ibata was not available to play on July 28 because he was not feeling well. Source: Sanspo 7/28/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Shintaro Fujinami could make his next start on six days of rest against Yakult at Koshien on July 31. Source: Sanspo 7/28/2015
  • Randy Messenger's next start will most likely come on five days of rest against Yakult at Koshien on August 1. Source: Sanspo 7/28/2015
  • Through July 27, Minoru Iwata was 3-2 with 2.13 ERA in ten games at Nagoya Dome over his career. Source: Sanspo 7/28/2015
  • General manager Katsuhiro Nakamura will be heading to the United States on July 28 to check on talent for the 2016 season. Nakamura told reporters he will most likely be checking on relievers and position players with pop that can play third or the outfield. Source: Sanspo 7/28/2015 ... Among names on their list of relievers: Marcos Mateo, Jairo Asencio, Jumbo Diaz, and Jon Velasquez. The Tigers could be looking for an arm in case Seung-Hwan Oh does not return next year. Source: Sponichi 7/28/2015, Sponichi 7/28/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Rafael Perez and Drew Naylor could make their debuts during the Yomiuri series that begins on July 31. Source: Sponichi 7/28/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars sent personnel to the United States to check on field conditions at MLB stadiums because they interested in replacing the turf at Yokohama Stadium with natural grass. Staff from the Bay Stars and Yokohma Stadium visited the United States between July 4 and 12 and studied stadiums belonging to the Diamondbacks, Astros, Marlins, and Mariners. Source: Sanspo 7/28/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows will most likely give starters at least seven days of rest over the next few weeks. The core starting rotation could include Yasuhiro Ogawa, Masanori Ishikawa, Nagisa Arakaki, Yoshihisa Naruse, and Hirofumi Yamanaka. Other pitchers that need extra rest or have yet to nail down a spot in the rotation, like Shohei Tateyama, Taichi Ishiyama, and Masato Furuno, would get spot starts to fill the gaps. They are also planning to go with eight relievers to offset the workload for each pitcher. The Swallows play thirty-three of their next thirty-six games at outdoor stadiums, including twenty-six straight between August 11 and September 10. Source: Sanspo 7/28/2015 ... The Swallows do not want to work their pitching staff too hard down the stretch during the hot summer. They would like to give starters seven days of rest and go with eight relievers. The base rotation could include Ogawa, Ishikawa, and Arakaki. Tateyama could pitch on ten days of rest because he is coming off an injury. Pitchers like Yamanaka, Naruse, Ishiyama, and Furuno could compete for starts to fill the gaps. Source: Sponichi 7/28/2015