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[8/22/2014] Injury Report: Hisayoshi Chono (Yomiuri), Nobuhiro Matsuda (Softbank)

by on Aug.23, 2014 @ 3:26 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hisayoshi Chono was examined at a hospital on Friday and diagnosed with a joint contusion in his right knee. Chono suffered the injury while making a leaping catch during Thursday's game against the Yakult Swallows. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/22/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Ryoma Matsuda (right elbow) pitched in a Ni-gun rehab game against Softbank on Wednesday.  He entered the game in the 9th and gave up a run on two hits over an inning of work.  He faced four hitters, walked none, struck out one, and topped out at 152km/h.  If things continue to go smoothly, he could make the active roster in time for the Yomiuri series that begins on the 26th at Tokyo Dome. Source: Sanspo 8/22/2014
  • Daiki Enokida (left shoulder) also pitched in the Ni-gun Softbank on Wednesday.  It was his first rehab game.  He entered the game in the 8th and did not allow a run or a hit over an inning of work.  He faced three hitters, threw eight pitches, and topped out at 139km/h. Source: Sanspo 8/22/2014 ... Enokida was added to the active roster on Friday. Source: Sanspo 8/22/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Nobuhiro Matsuda (right index finger) could make it back to the active roster in time for the start of the Nippon Ham series that begins on the 26th at YafuOku Dome.  A lot will depend on how he does during a three-game Ni-gun series against Orix that begins on Friday (August 22). Source: Daily Sports 8/22/2014, Sponichi 8/22/2014

[8/22/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Aug.23, 2014 @ 3:24 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants recorded their twelfth extra-inning victory on Thursday.  They have recorded twelve or more victories in extra innings two other times in the past: twelve in 1996 and fourteen in 2002.  The fourteen victories in 2002 tied the Central League record set by Chunichi in 1967. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/22/2014, Sponichi 8/22/2014 ... The Giants picked up another victory in extra innings on Friday.

Hanshin Tigers

  • Matt Murton, Kosuke Fukudome, and interpreter Kazuhito Oki took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (challenged by his cousin) after practices on Thursday. Fukudome was challenged by Murton.  Among the people challenged by the three was Munenori Kawasaki. Source: Daily Sports 8/22/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Junpei Ono was taken off the active roster after failing to properly waste a pitch while facing Toshiki Kurobane during Thursday's game against the Yokohama Bay Stars.  Kurobane ended up recording a squeeze bunt on the pitch Ono was suppose to waste. Source: Sponichi 8/22/2014, Nikkan Sports 8/22/2014
  • Hiroshima landslide relief/aid: the coaches, players, and the organization donated ten million yen to the Chugoku Shimbun Social Welfare Services Corporation and the organization donated ten million yen to Hiroshima City. Source: Sports Hochi 8/22/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yasuhiro Ogawa threw forty-five pitches from the mound at Botchan Stadium in preparation for his next start on the 24th against Yokohama. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/22/2014
  • The Swallows signed an agreement to hold their fall camp in Matsuyama, Ehime for three years beginning in 2015.  The Swallows have been using Matsuyama for their fall camp destination since 2004. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/22/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Daisuke Miura extended his winning streak to five on Thursday.  He is the fifth player in NPB history to put together streaks of five or more victories after turning forty.  The record of seven was set by Masahiro Yamamoto in 2008.  Miura joined Yamamoto as the only two pitchers over forty to record five victories in five consecutive games.  Miura owns a 0.50 ERA over the five games.  He is the only pitcher over forty to record an ERA under 1.00 during his streak. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/22/2014, Sponichi 8/22/2014 ... The other four pitchers over forty that recorded streaks of five or more victories: Masahiro Yamamoto (seven-game winning streak in 2008 at forty-three; five-game winning streak in 2010 at forty-five), Masato Yoshii (six-game winning streak in 2005 at forty), Yutaka Ono (five-game winning streak in 1996 at forty-one), and Kimiyasu Kudo (five-game winning streak in 2004 at forty-one). Source: Sanspo 8/22/2014 ... Miura picked up his fifth victory of the season on Thursday and became the nine pitcher (fifth right-handed pitcher) in NPB history to record five or more wins during the season in which they turn (or turned) forty-one. Source: Sponichi 8/22/2014

[8/20/2014] Injury Report: Akihiro Yanase (Softbank), Yoshihiro Ito (Lotte)

by on Aug.21, 2014 @ 1:57 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka worked out at Naruohama on Tuesday.  He played catch outdoors at a distance of about fifty meters.  He also hit off a tee indoors -- thirty swings from each side. Source: Sanspo 8/20/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Ryuji Ichioka (right shoulder) was re-examined at a hospital in Hiroshima on Wednesday.  He was given the green light to resume throwing, but there is no timetable on when he might start playing catch because he still needs time to regain muscle strength. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/20/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Kyohei Muranaka was taken off the active roster on Wednesday with a bruise on right calf.  Muranaka suffered the injury during a start against Yomiuri on Tuesday.  He will be examined at a hospital in Tokyo on Thursday. Source: Sports Hochi 8/20/2014, Sponichi 8/20/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Yoshihiro Ito started feeling discomfort in his right shoulder on Tuesday.  He was taken off the active roster on Wednesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/20/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Akihiro Yanase was examined at a hospital in Fukuoka on Wednesday and diagnosed with inflammation in the medial collateral ligament in his right elbow.  He was taken off the active roster on the same day.  The Hawks will re-assess after a week of no throwing. Source: Sports Hochi 8/20/2014
  • Nobuhiro Matsuda (right index finger) played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Hanshin on Tuesday.  He was the starting designated hitter and batted second.  He went 1-for-2 with a walk. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/20/2014
  • Tadashi Settsu (right thumb) could make his next start on the 26th against Nippon Ham at YafuOku Dome. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/20/2014

[8/20/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Aug.21, 2014 @ 1:54 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Shinnosuke Abe has hit six home runs in extra innings over his career: August 11, 2002 against Hiroshima, 10th inning; May 1, 2004 against Hiroshima, 11th inning; August 19, 2007 against Yakult, 10th inning; April 24, 2009 against Chunichi, 10th inning; April 16, 2014 against Yakult, 10th inning; August 19, 2014 against Yakult, 11th inning. Source: Sanspo 8/20/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Takashi Toritani recorded his 111th career modasho on Wednesday and tied Makoto Imaoka for fifth on the franchise's all-time list. Source: Daily Sports 8/20/2014
  • Randy Messenger's next start will most likely come on the 26th against Yomiuri. Source: Daily Sports 8/20/2014 ... Messenger currently leads the league in wins (11) and strikeouts (180).  Gene Bacque is the only foreign pitcher in franchise history to finish a season in first with wins (29 in 1964).  Messenger is the only foreign pitcher in franchise history to finish a season in first with strikeouts (183 in 2013).  If Messenger manages to finish the seasons in first in wins and strikeouts, he would become the first foreign pitcher in franchise history to accomplish the feat.  He would also become the first pitcher in franchise history to win two pitching titles in the same season since Yutaka Enatsu in 1968 (25 wins, 401 strikeouts). Source: Sanspo 8/20/2014 ... Jeremy Powell is the only foreign pitcher in NPB history to capture the strikeout and win title in the same season (2002, 17 wins, 182 strikeouts).  Bacque holds the record for most strikeouts by a foreign pitcher in one season with 200 in 1964.  The last foreign pitcher to lead the league in strikeouts two years in a row was Colby Lewis (183 in 2008 and 186 in 2009). Source: Sponichi 8/20/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • The Carp tied a franchise record by banging out at least ten hits in their eighth straight game on Wednesday. Source: Sponichi 8/20/2014
  • Bryan Bullington will be taken off the active roster after giving up seven runs (all earned) on ten hits over three innings of work against the Yokohama Bay Stars on Wednesday.  Kenjiro Nomura hopes Bullington can use the ten days for rest and recovery. Source: Sponichi 8/20/2014
  • The Ni-gun Carp played in two Industrial League Hiroshima Tournament games on Tuesday.  Deunte Heath started the  semifinals game against Mitsubishi Juko Hiroshima.  He gave up three runs over seven innings of work and was the winning pitcher on record.  Brad Eldred was the starting designated hitter and batted clean-up.  He went 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI.  In the Finals game, Ryuhei Matsuyama was responsible for driving in the game-winning run in the 8th.  Matsuyama played in all four games of the tournament and went 6-for-16 with five RBI. Source: Daily Sports 8/20/2014, Nikkan Sports 8/20/2014
  • Ryosuke Kikuchi was using bats made of maple before switching over to white ash in July. Source: Sponichi 8/20/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Daisuke Miura and Takehiro Ishikawa took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Wednesday.  They were challenged by Guillermo Moscoso.  Miura reportedly sent out challenges to Kiyoshi Nakahata, team owner Makoto Haruna, and team president Jun Ikeda. Source: Sanspo 8/20/2014

[8/19/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers

by on Aug.20, 2014 @ 3:26 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hirokazu Sawamura joined the Ichi-gun pitchers for workouts at Giants Stadium on Monday.  He could make his next Ichi-gun start on the 21st against Yakult at Jingu.  If he does not pitch well, he will most likely be shuttled back to Ni-gun for more work. Source: Sanspo 8/19/2014, Daily Sports 8/19/2014 ... If it comes down to Sawamura and Yuki Egarashi, pitching coach Kazuhisa Kawaguchi plans to go with the latter. Sponichi 8/20/2014
  • Hector Mendoza pitched in a practice game against Chuo University on Tuesday.  He started the game and tossed a shutout inning.  He topped out at 146km/h and struck out two. Source: Sanspo 8/19/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Takashi Toritani recorded the 110th modasho of his career on Tuesday.  He is one modasho away from tying Makoto Imaoka for fifth on the franchise all-time list. Source: Daily Sports 8/19/2014
  • Randy Messenger joined Gene Bacque as the only foreign pitchers in franchise history to record fifty or more victories. Source: Sponichi 8/19/2014 ... Messenger has so far recorded seven RBI this year.  Bacque set the franchise record for foreign pitchers with eleven in 1965.  The last Hanshin pitcher to record ten or more RBIs in a season (foreign or Japanese) was Matt Keough with ten in 1989. Source: Daily Sports 8/19/2014
  • The Tigers are carrying two full-time catchers: Kazunari Tsuruoka and Ryutaro Umeno.  Ryota Imanari is listed as a catcher, but the Tigers have been using him primarily as a third baseman this year.  However, they also see him as a back-up catcher, should something happen to the other two. Source: Sanspo 8/19/2014
  • Shintaro Fujinami's next two starts could come on the 22nd against Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium and on the 28th against Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome. Source: Daily Sports 8/19/2014, Sponichi 8/19/2014
  • A young pitcher working out at Ni-gun is expected to get the start on the 21st against Chunichi.  Akira Iwamoto and Kazuhito Futagami are candidates. Source: Sanspo 8/19/2014
  • The Tigers could be interested in Daisuke Yamai and Yoshihisa Hirano.  Both players have already earned their domestic FA options. Source: Sports Hochi 8/19/2014