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[7/18/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jul.18, 2014 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Possible starters for the Hanshin series that begins on the 21st at Koshien Stadium: Hirokazu Sawamura, Toshiya Sugiuchi, Tomoyuki Sugano. Source: Sponichi 7/18/2014 ... Daily Sports' guess: Sawamura, Sugiuchi, and Yuki Koyama. Source: Daily Sports 7/18/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Yoshinori Tateyama joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts at Koshien on Friday. Source: Sports Hochi 7/18/2014
  • Matt Murton thought about shaving his beard because its getting hot, but decided not to after he took a Twitter poll: 200 fans wanted him to keep the beard, 10 fans wanted him to shave it. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/18/2014
  • Possible starters for the Yomiuri series that begins on the 21st at Koshien Stadium: Minoru Iwata, Randy Messenger, Atsushi Nomi. Possible starters for the Hiroshima series that begins on the 25th at Mazda Stadium: Shintaro Fujinami, [one of the following: 6th round draft pick Suguru Iwazaki, Kazuhito Futagami, Takumi Akiyama], Iwata. Source: Daily Sports 7/18/2014 ... Possible starters for the Yakult series that begins on the 29th at Koshien: Nomi, Messenger, [one of the following: Futagami or Akiyama]. Source: Sanspo 7/18/2014
  • Mauro Gomez has a shot at becoming just the fourth foreign player in franchise history to play in every game during his first season, first since Matt Murton in 2010.  He could also become the first foreign player in franchise history to bat fourth in every game during his first season. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/18/2014
  • The Tigers are planning to offer general manager Katsuhiro Nakamura an extension for the 2015 season (third year). Source: Sanspo 7/18/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Hector Luna (right elbow) began his rehab at Nagoya Stadium on Friday.  He told reporters it was not pain he felt, but discomfort. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/18/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars will give Tony Blanco a four-day trial before deciding what to do with him.  Although much will depend on the severity of Yulieski Gourriel's injury.  Aarom Baldiris has a clause in his contract that basically guarantees him a spot on the active roster.  Guillermo Moscoso and Enyelbert Soto will also be competing for a spot. Source: Daily Sports 7/18/2014

[7/17/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp

by on Jul.18, 2014 @ 12:03 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Battery coach Kosuke Yoshihara will be re-assigned to Ni-gun Ikusei coach, effective the start of the second-half of the season. Source: official announcement
  • Alfredo Despaigne may have been the Giants top choice, but they switched gears when they heard it might be a little more complicated to get him to Japan than Frederich Cepeda.  They also heard something about a falsified passport (later confirmed to be true) and wanted to avoid negative publicity in the press. Source: Tokyo Sports 7/17/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers finished the first-half with winning records against all Central League teams other than the Chunichi Dragons: vs Yomiuri 7-5-0, vs Hiroshima 6-4-0, vs Yokohama 9-3-0, vs Yakult 7-4-0, and vs Chunichi 7-7-1.  They also finished the first-half in second place for the fifth time over the last ten years. Source: Sanspo 7/17/2014
  • Seung Hwan Oh is one away from 300 KBO (277) + NPB (22) saves. Source: Sanspo 7/17/2014
  • Randy Messenger picked up his forty-seventh career victory on Wednesday and tied Seth Greisinger on the Central League all-time list for wins by a foreign pitcher. Source: Sponichi 7/17/2014
  • Yutaka Wada feels younger pitchers like Ryoma Matsuda, Kazuyuki Kaneda, and 5th round draft pick Shoya Yamamoto could make big contributions during the second-half. Source: Sanspo 7/17/2014
  • Yoshinori Tateyama pitched in a Ni-gun game against Softbank on Wednesday.  He entered the game in the 4th with the bases loaded and two out and got Masayoshi Tsukada to fly out to right.  Tateyama is expected to join the Ichi-gun team for workouts during the All-Star break, but is also scheduled to pitch during a Ni-gun series against Chunichi that begins on the 26th. Source: Sanspo 7/17/2014 ... Tateyama could join the Ichi-gun roster in time for the Yakult series that starts on the 29th. Source: Daily Sports 7/17/2014
  • The Tigers announced that old timers Yutaka Enatsu and Koichi Tabuchi will participate in the ceremonial first pitch before a game against the Yomiuri Giants at Koshien on July 21. Source: official announcement
  • Masanori Fujihara's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a girl weighing 2,955 grams, on Thursday. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/17/2014
  • Former Tiger Tomoaki Kanemoto appeared on Nippon TV's Down Town DX and talked about the time he took and HBP off his left wrist on July 29, 2004 and suffered a fracture.  He was still in the middle of his consecutive innings streak (1,492 innings between July 21, 1999 and April 17, 2010) and was thinking about giving up when then Hanshin manager Akinobu Okada pushed him to play the next day. Source: Sponichi 7/17/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • The Carp have not made a decision on Kenjiro Nomura past this season.  How the team does during the second-half and what he wants to do will factor into what happens.  Nomura signed a one-year extension before the start of the season. Source: Daily Sports 7/17/2014
  • The Carp are heading into the All-Star break in third place with a 42-38-1 record.  This is the first time they reached the All-Star break in third place or better since 2012 (third place, 38-38-2); the first time they reached the break one or more games above .500 since 2002 (fourth place, 35-33-1); and the first time they reached the break in third place or better and one or more games above .500 since 1997 (second place, 40-37-0). Source: Sanspo 7/17/2014

[7/16/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jul.17, 2014 @ 4:06 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Yoshinobu Takahashi picked up his fifteenth RBI as a pinch-hitter during Tuesday's game against the Yakult Swallows.  The franchise record of eighteen was set by Masahiro Yanagida in 1972. Source: Sponichi 7/16/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Takashi Toritani joined Masayasu Kaneda (ten years, 1946-1955), Taira Fujita (twelve year, 1967-1978), and Yutaka Wada (twelve years, 1988-1999) as the only Hanshin lifers in franchise history to record 100 hits in ten or more consecutive seasons.  Akinobu Mayumi also recorded 100 hits in eleven consecutive seasons (1978-1988, ten with the Tigers beginning in 1979), but he started his career with the Taiheiyo Club Lions/Crown Lighter Lions.  Tomoaki Kanemoto recorded 100 hits in fifteen consecutive seasons (1995-2009), but only seven with the Tigers.  Sadaharu Oh holds the NPB record with twenty-one (1960-1980). Source: Sanspo 7/16/2014
  • Shintaro Fujinami liked basketball growing up and was invited to play on his school team, but declined because he was worried about jamming his finger.  He also did a lot of swimming and kept at it because a friend got hurt after they quit. Source: Daily Sports 7/16/2014 ... Fujinami set career highs in pitches (136) and strikeouts (13) during a start against the Nippon Ham Fighters on June 17.  In tossing the first complete game of his career on Tuesday, he set a new career high in pitches with 143 and tied his career high in strikeouts with thirteen.  By tying his career high in strikeouts, he became the first Hanshin pitcher to strikeout thirteen or more batters in a game two or more times in the same season since Yutaka Enatsu did it twice in 1972. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/16/2014
  • The Arai brothers recorded consecutive timely hits in the same game for the fourth time in their careers on Tuesday: 6th inning on April 21, 2013 vs Yakult at Koshien; 3rd inning on May 11, 2013 vs Yakult at Matsuyama; 1st inning on May 26, 2013 vs Nippon Ham at Koshien; and 6th inning on July 15, 2014 vs Chunichi at Nagoya Dome. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/16/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • The pitching staff walked or hit at least one batter in every inning of Tuesday's game against the Yokohama Bay Stars.  They became the tenth team in NPB history to walk or hit at least one batter in every inning of a game, first since Chunichi against Lotte on May 22, 2007; and the fourth team in the Central League (1996 Yomiuri against Hiroshima, 1997 Chunichi against Hiroshima, and 2007 Chunichi against Lotte). Source: Nikkan Sports 7/16/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • With all the injuries during the first-half, head coach Shigekazu Mori is already thinking about competing for a second or third, while giving younger players a chance to gain experience at Ichi-gun. Source: Sports Hochi 7/16/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Masanori Hayashi took a batted ball off his left cheek during a game against Hanshin on the 6th.  He told reporters he was scared when he took the mound for the first time since the incident on the 11th. Source: Sports Hochi 7/16/2014
  • The Bay Stars set a new NPB record by leaving nineteen runners on base during Tuesday's game against the Hiroshima Carp.  The 1943 Hanshin, 1955 Yomiuri, 1973 Hanshin, 1987 Kintetsu, 1990 Hanshin, and 1999 Yakult held the previous record of eighteen. Source: Sponichi 7/16/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/16/2014

[7/15/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp

by on Jul.16, 2014 @ 3:44 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Yoshiyuki Kamei is apparently riding the bench because he failed to execute a squeeze bunt during a game against Hanshin on the 11th. Source: ZakZak 7/15/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • On Tuesday, Takashi Toritani became the fifth player in franchise history to record 100 or more hits in ten consecutive seasons. Source: Daily Sports 7/15/2014
  • Yoshinori Tateyama pitched in his first a Ni-gun game on Tuesday against Softbank.  He entered the game in the 6th with Hanshin down 3-1.  He managed to toss a shutout inning in relief, despite loading the bases with no out: 1B7, 1B7, BB, Ks, F9 (runner on third doubled-up to end the inning). Source: Daily Sports 7/15/2014
  • Hiroki Uemoto recorded the first lead-off home run of his career on Monday.  He became the forty-sixth Tiger to hit a lead-off home run, first since Tsuyoshi Nishioka on May 18, 2013.  He joined Makoto Imaoka (July 26, 2003) as the only players in franchise history to hit lead-off home runs against Chunichi at Nagoya Dome.  The lead-off home run was the franchise's 162nd.  Koji Akiyama holds the franchise record with thirty-eight lead-off home runs. Source: Sanspo 7/15/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/15/2014
  • The Tigers struck out fourteen times on Monday against the Chunichi Dragons at Nagoya Dome.  It was the second time this season they struck out fourteen or more times in a game (first time was June 4 against Rakuten at kobo Stadium).  They struck out fourteen or more times twice last year: fifteen on September 13 against Yakult at Jingu and sixteen on September 21 against Yakult at Koshien (twelve inning game).  The franchise high, set multiple times, is sixteen.  The NPB high of nineteen was set by Chunichi in 2005 and 2006 and Lotte in 1995. Source: Sanspo 7/15/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Brad Eldred struck out six times during Monday's extra-inning game against the Yokohama Bay Stars (1st, 3rd, 6th, 9th, 11th, and 12th innings).  Thirteen players have struck out five times in one game, the last was Shohei Tateyama in 2011.  No player in NPB history, including extra inning games, has struck out six times in one game. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/15/2014

[7/14/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jul.15, 2014 @ 12:55 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hirokazu Sawamura gave up a pinch-hit grand slam to Kentaro Sekimoto during Sunday's game against the Hanshin Tigers.  Heading into the game, he was 3-for-36 in bases loaded situations (three singles). Source: Sponichi 7/14/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Kentaro Sekimoto joined Noriyoshi Sano (May 20, 1985) as the only players in franchise history to record pinch-hit grand slams against the Yomiuri Giants.  Sekimoto is the first in franchise history to record a come-from-behind pinch-hit grand slam. Source: Sanspo 7/14/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Brad Eldred struck out six times during Monday's twelve-inning game against the Yokohama Bay Stars and set a new NPB record for strikeouts in a single game.  The previous high was five, set by seven players in the Central League and six players in the Pacific League. Source: Daily Sports 7/14/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • On Sunday, Michihiro Ogasawara became the fifth player in Central League history to reach base in nine straight plate appearances as a pinch-hitter, first since Kentaro Sekimoto reached base in ten straight in 2010. Source: Sanspo 7/14/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Daisuke Miura has made 265 consecutive starts since September 25, 2002.  That is the second longest streak in NPB history, behind Shinichi Yamauchi's 311 between 1973 and 1984. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/14/2014

[7/13/2014] Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jul.13, 2014 @ 11:39 pm, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Kentaro Sekimoto recorded a pinch-hit grand slam during Sunday's game against the Yomiuri Giants.  Sekimoto became the thirteenth player in franchise history to blast a pinch-hit grand slam, first since Shinjiro Hiyama on August 21, 2007; and sixth player in franchise history to blast a come-from-behind pinch-hit grand slam, first since Hiroshi Yagi on July 30, 2002. Source: Daily Sports 7/13/2014
  • Atsushi Nomi failed to record a strikeout in his start on Saturday against Yomiuri for the first time since June 7, 2008 vs Softbank.  His next start will likely come during a Yomiuri series that begins on the 21st at Koshien. Source: Sanpso 7/13/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda's first start after the All-Star break will most likely come on the 25th against Hanshin at Mazda Stadium. Source: Sports Hochi 7/13/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons will add Ikusei outfielder Kazuyuki Akasaka to the seventy-man roster.  His uniform number will change from 204 to 73.  The move will be finalized on Monday. Source: official announcement
  • Through Saturday: Michihiro Ogasawara joined Kenichi Yazawa (1986) and Hitoshi Taneda (2000) as the only players in franchise history to record hits in six consecutive at bats (not plate appearances). Source: Daily Sports 7/13/2014 ... The Central League record of hits in seven consecutive at bats was set by Makoto Matsubara in 1980.  Ogasawara has also reached based in eight straight trips to the plate.  The Central League record of eleven was set by Taneda in 2000. Source: Sponichi 7/13/2014 ... Ogasawara kept the streak intact on Sunday when he recorded a pinch-hit intentional walk.

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Daisuke Miura picked up his first victory of the season during Sunday's game against the Yakult Swallows.  He has now recorded at least one victory over twenty-two consecutive seasons, beginning in 1993.  Twenty-two seasons tied him with Tetsuya Yoneda (1956-1977).  Kimiyasu Kudo (1985-2007) and Masahiro Yamamoto (1988-2010) hold the NPB record with twenty-three. Source: Daily Sports 7/13/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/13/2014
  • Shun Yamaguchi (July 1) and Guillermo Moscoso (July 12) hit home runs in games this month.  The last time two pitchers on the same team recorded home runs in the same month was Colby Lewis and Kenta Maeda in September 2008.  The last time it happened in franchise history was with Masaji Hiramatsu and Kazuhiko Endo in June 1980. Source: Sponichi 7/13/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yasuhiro Ogawa will most likely make his next start during a Hiroshima series that begins on the 21st at Jingu. Source: Sanspo 7/13/2014