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[9/13/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunich Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Sep.13, 2014 @ 11:53 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Yoshiyuki Kamei missed Saturday's game against the Yokohama Bay Stars because he was not feeling well. He was at the stadium but was sent home before the game. Source: Daily Sports 9/13/2014
  • Tetsuya Utsumi notched his 113th career victory on Friday and moved past Koji Uehara into sole possession of fourteenth on the franchise all-time wins list. Source: Sponichi 9/13/2014 ... Utsumi became the first Yomiuri pitcher to record two shutouts against Yokohama in the same season since Masaki Saito and Masumi Kuwata in 1989. He tied Utsumi for third on the all-time list for Tokyo Dome victories with fifty-seven. Saito is in first with seventy-eight and Kuwata in second with seventy. Source: Sanspo 9/13/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Shintaro Fujinami hit 157km/h on the radar gun during Friday's game against the Hiroshima Carp at Koshien and set a new personal high and tied the franchise high for velocity. Tomoyuki Kubota set the original record on June 21, 2005. Source: Sponichi 9/13/2014, Daily Sports 9/13/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Yuya Fukui's next start could come on the 19th against Yokohama at Mazda Stadium. Source: Daily Sports 9/13/2014
  • Brad Eldred played in a Ni-gun game against Chunichi on Friday. He got the start in left and went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two RBI. Kenjiro Nomura is still not sure when to call the slugger back up to Ichi-gun. Source: Daily Sports 9/13/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Chunichi Dragons Oendan is currently made up of thirty-six men and women between the ages of seventeen and forty-seven. Manabu Mizushima (水嶋学) from Nagoya was selected to lead the group. Source: official announcement, Sports Hochi 9/13/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars are moving towards offering Kiyoshi Nakahata a contract for 2015 (assuming the team does not suffer any major meltdowns). Team officials are expected to meet before the end of the season to finalize the decision. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/13/2014

[9/12/2014] Injury Report: Ryota Imanari (Hanshin), Takeya Nakamura (Seibu)

by on Sep.13, 2014 @ 1:55 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Ryota Imanari left the game after fouling off a pitch during his at bat in the 4th inning of Friday's game against the Hiroshima Carp. With one out in the 4th, he grabbed at his left side after he swung and fouled off the first pitch he saw. Source: Daily Sports 9/12/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Ryosuke Kikuchi was hit by a pitch near the chest/left side during the 5th inning of Friday's game against the Hanshin Tigers. He remained in the game but was later replaced on defense in the 7th as a precaution. Kikuchi told reporters he felt no pain and was okay. He most likely has a bruise. Source: Sponichi 9/12/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Takeya Nakamura is planning to get his right elbow cleaned out during the off-season. He will most likely require two to three months for a full recovery. The hope is to begin spring camp next year fully healthy. Source: Sponichi 9/12/2014

[9/12/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Sep.13, 2014 @ 1:54 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants finished a three-game sweep of the Hanshin Tigers on Thursday. It was their first sweep of the Tigers since August 27-29, 2013 at Tokyo Dome and their first sweep of the Tigers at Koshien Stadium since July 16-18, 1999. They also won their third consecutive season series against the Tigers, 13-11-0. They are now lifetime 999-777-67 against Hanshin (beginning on September 25, 1936). Source: Nikkan Sports 9/12/2014, Sponichi 9/12/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Yutaka Wada may be losing his way out of a job for the 2015 season. If the Tigers decide to go with someone else, possible managerial candidates could include: Akinobu Okada, Tomoaki Kanemoto, Akihiro Yano. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/12/2014 ... According to Sanspo, the Tigers do not consider development coach Masayuki Kakefu a managerial candidate. Source: Sanspo 9/12/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Deunte Heath has not allowed a run over his last 22.1 innings of work. He next start will most likely come on five days of rest on the 17th against Yomiuri at Mazda Stadium. Source: Daily Sports 9/12/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Head coach Shigekazu Mori was issued a stern warning and a 50,000 yen fine by the commissioner's office for his ejection (delay of game) from Thursday's game against the Hiroshima carp. Source: Sponichi 9/12/2014
  • The Dragons held an inauguration ceremony at Nagoya Dome on Friday for their new Chunichi Dragons Oendan. Thirty-six people have so far made the group. They could hold their first cheer activities during a Yomiuri game on the 23rd. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/12/2014
  • The players group donated one million yen to Hiroshima landslide relief on Friday. They also donated the 501,184 yen they collected from fans on the 6th. Source: official announcement

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars would like Yulieski Gourriel to return next season, but are still not sure what will go into deciding where players go next season. The Yomiuri Giants may have the best chance at landing Gourriel or Alfredo Despaigne (Lotte) next year since they accepted Frederich Cepeda and agreed to a coach training program this year. Source: Daily Sports 9/12/2014

[9/12/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Sep.12, 2014 @ 1:40 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hirokazu Ibata started feeling discomfort in his left calf while playing defense in the 2nd inning of Thursday's game against the Hanshin Tigers. He was removed on defense in the 3rd as a precaution. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/11/2014
  • The Giants swept a three-game series against the Hanshin Tigers at Koshien on Thursday for the first time since 1999. Source: Sponichi 9/11/2014
  • Tomoyuki Sugano picked up his tenth victory of the season on Wednesday and became the ninth pitcher in franchise history to record at least ten victories in their first two years in the NPB, first since Hirokazu Sawamura (11-11 in 2011 and 10-10 in 2012). The seven other pitchers in franchise history: Eiji Sawamura, Hiroshi Nakao, Hideo Fujimoto, Motoshi Fujita, Ritsuo Horimoto, Kunio Jonouchi, and Tsuneo Horiuchi. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/11/2014Sponichi 9/11/2014
  • The Giants have already reserved places to hold press conferences and celebrations in the event they clinch the Central League while on the road. Source: Sanspo 9/11/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Fans are getting restless. On Wednesday, one fan had to be escorted away by security guards because he threw a PET bottle onto the field after the game. Another was about to get into a fight with a Yomiuri fan in the outfield seats on the left field side and had to be stopped by a number of security guards. Source: Sanspo 9/11/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • With fifteen games left on the schedule, Hitoki Iwase no longer has a chance to pitch in fifty or more games this year. His streak of fifty or more appearances a season will come to an end at fifteen. The streak began in his first year in 1999. Source: Daily Sports 9/11/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Takayuki Kajitani (September 9, 10) and Daisuke Yamashita (April 28, 29 in 1977) are the only players in franchise history to hit lead-off home runs in back-to-back games. Source: Sports Hochi 9/11/2014 ... Kajitani became the thirty-first player in NPB history to record lead-off home runs in back-to-back games. The NPB record of lead-off home runs in three consecutive games was set by Hiromi Matsunaga in 1993. Source: Sponichi 9/11/2014
  • The Bay Stars recorded shutout victories in consecutive games at Yokohama Stadium on Tuesday and Wednesday for the first time since May 8 and 9, 2009. The last time they recorded complete game shutout victories in consecutive games at Yokohama Stadium was on April 29 and 30, 1987. Source: Sports Hochi 9/11/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Toshihiro Sugiura will most likely get another start on the 16th against Hanshin at Jingu. Source: Sponichi 9/11/2014 ... Sugiura became the sixty-fifth pitcher in franchise history (sixth in franchise history) to give up a home run to the first batter he faced. Ryo Akiyoshi also gave up a home run to the first batter he faced on April 1. Sugiura and Akiyoshi became the fourth set of teammates to give up home runs to the first batters they faced in the same year. The other three sets: Eiji Shotsu and Sang-Hoon Lee with Chunichi in 1998; Giovanni Carrara and Kiyotaka Koishizawa with Seibu in 1998; and Chan Ho Park and Evan MacLane with Orix in 2011. Source: Sponichi 9/11/2014 ... Sugiura is the seventeenth pitcher in NPB history to give up a lead-off home run in their first career outing/start and the ninth rookie to give up a lead-off home run in their first outing/start in their first year. Source: Sanspo 9/11/2014
  • Ichi-gun hitting coach Mitsuru Manaka is rumored as a possible candidate to replace Junji Ogawa as manager in 2015. Source: Chunichi Sports 9/9/2014, ZakZak 9/11/2014

[9/11/2014] Hanshin Tigers: Tsuyoshi Nishioka earns domestic FA option

by on Sep.11, 2014 @ 9:00 pm, under NPB
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Tsuyoshi Nishioka earned his domestic FA option upon returning to the active roster today. Nishioka told reporters the option was something he was not currently thinking about. Team officials said he was a valued member of the team.

Nishioka was taken off the active roster on July 23, one day before earning his FA option, because of back pain. He never got to play defense in games during his rehab stint at Ni-gun, but Yutaka Wada called him up anyway with hopes to jump-start a slumping team. Wada plans to use Nishioka as a bat off the bench for the time being. The veteran infielder was able to participate in pre-game batting and fielding practice today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/11/2014, Sponichi 9/11/2014

[9/10/2014] Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima, Chunichi, Yokohama, Yakult

by on Sep.11, 2014 @ 3:17 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants will be collecting donations for Hiroshima landslide relief during their series against Yokohama that begins on the 12th at Tokyo Dome. A number of players will make special appearances on the 13th. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/10/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Yutaka Wada is reportedly ready to step down if the Tigers are unable to finish within the top three in the standings. Source: Sanspo 9/10/2014
  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Orix on Tuesday. He was the starting designated hitter and batted lead-off. He went 0-for-2 with a walk and was removed from the game after the 5th inning. Source: Sanspo 9/10/2014 ... Nishioka played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Orix on Wednesday. He was the starting designated hitter and batted lead-off. He went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI - single to center in the 1st, three-run home run in the 2nd. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/10/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Zach Phillips is scheduled to arrive to Japan on the 11th after returning to the United States for additional tests on his knee. Source: Sanspo 9/10/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/10/2014
  • The Carp set a new franchise record with their seventh walk-off victory in extra innings on Tuesday. The previous record of six was set in 1958, 1967, and 1973. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/10/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Masahiro Araki became the seventeenth player in NPB history to reach 250 sac hits during his at bat in the 1st inning of Wednesday's game against the Hiroshima Carp. Motonobu Tanishige is one sac hit away from 250. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/10/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Takayuki Kajitani hit lead-off home runs in consecutive games (Tuesday and Wednesday) for the first time in his Ichi-gun career. Source: Sanspo 9/10/2014 ... The last player in franchise history to hit lead-off home runs in back-to-back games was Daisuke Yamashita in 1977 (April 28, 29). Source: Daily Sports 9/10/2014
  • The Bay Stars recorded nine-inning complete game shutouts in back-to-back games on Tuesday (Yasutomo Kubo) and Wednesday (Shun Yamaguchi) for the first time since 2000 (May 2 - Takashi Saito; May 3 - Satoru Komiyama). Yokohama recorded consecutive shutouts in 2012 as well (April 11 - Shogo Yamamoto - six innings; April 12 - Daisuke Miura), but one of the games ended after six innings due to rain. Source: Daily Sports 9/10/2014
  • Kubo's slide-step delivery was timed at 0.99 seconds in the 4th inning of Tuesday's game against the Yakult Swallows. A slower delivery was timed at 2.2 seconds in the 7th. Source: Sponichi 9/10/2014
  • Two players were in the car when Yuta Kakita hit a parked vehicle while moving out of a parking space in a store lot on August 29. The two players, Shun Yamashita and Taiki Sekine, were given three-day suspensions. Kakita was given a stern warning, a one-week suspension, an indefinite driving ban, and twenty-four-hour curfew until the end of the season. Players living in the team dormitory will take a traffic safety course on the 11th. Kakita and the owner of the vehicle reached a settlement on the 8th. Source: Daily Sports 9/10/2014, Sponichi 9/10/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The front office is planning to make a decision on Junji Ogawa at some point before the end of the regular season. Source: Sports Hochi 9/10/2014