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[10/17/2014] Rumors: Yoshihisa Naruse (Lotte), Chichiro Kaneko (Orix), Daisuke Yamai (Chunichi)

by on Oct.18, 2014 @ 2:39 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers may have shifted their attention to Chihiro Kaneko and Naoki Miyanishi, now that there is a chance Daisuke Yamai might not become available. Source: Daily Sports 10/17/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Daisuke Yamai might end up remaining with the Dragons. He feels strongly about staying and was offered a contract that was close to what he was hoping for. Source: Daily Sports 10/17/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Yoshihisa Naruse met with management for about an hour on the 15th. It was their first meeting. He may have been offered a one-year deal with a drop in salary. Said Naruse, "Honestly, there was a bit of a gap in between our interests. It seems they didn't really take my eleven years with the team into serious consideration... I was surprised and it made me sad." The two side are scheduled to meet again sometime on or after the 20th. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/17/2014, Sports Hochi 10/17/2014, Sponichi 10/17/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes are planning to begin contract negotiations for potential free agents Chihiro Kaneko, Yoshihisa Hirano, Takahiro Mahara, and Tomotaka Sakaguchi within the next few days. Source: Daily Sports 10/17/2014

CS: Hanshin Tigers 4 – Yomiuri Giants 2 (October 17, 2014)

by on Oct.17, 2014 @ 4:00 am, under Game Summaries, NPB, Postseason
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Hanshin Tigers vs Yomiuri Giants @ Tokyo Dome - 18:00
Starters: Messenger, Randy (HAN) 13-10, 3.20 - Sugiuchi, Toshiya (YOM) 10-6, 3.16

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Hanshin 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 4 11 0
Yomiuri 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 0

Attendance: 46025 | Time: 3h44m | Hanshin leads series, 3-0-0

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[10/16/2014] Climax Series: Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers

by on Oct.17, 2014 @ 2:55 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tetsuya Utsumi dropped his start on Wednesday and is now 1-4 lifetime in Climax Series games. Only Kazumi Saito and Toshiya Sugiuchi have more Playoff/Climax Series losses with five. The four losses put Utsumi in a tie with Wei-Ying Chen. Utsumi is 5-1 in Nippon Series games. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/16/2014 ... Utsumi became the third pitcher in franchise history to give up three or more runs in the 1st inning of a Climax Series game. The other two: Dicky Gonzalez, 2009, Second Stage, Game 1, five runs; and Shun Tono, 2010, Final Stage, Game 1, four runs. Source: Sponichi 10/16/2014
  • There is a chance Tomoyuki Sugano (right elbow) will be able to make it back to the active roster in time for the Nippon Series. He started playing catch with a baseball on Wednesday. He threw the last ten baseballs at a distance of roughly twenty meters. He told reporters he felt good, that he threw only fastballs, and at about fifty percent strength. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/16/2014 ... Sugano threw the ball fifty-eight times during his game of catch on Wednesday. Source: Daily Sports 10/16/2014 ... Sugano played catch again on Thursday. He expanded the distance to about fifty meters. Source: Sponichi 10/16/2014
  • Yoshinobu Takahashi started taking batting practice against batting practice pitchers throwing easy pitches. He swung at about forty pitches thrown on one hop to the plate, then about forty pitches thrown by a pitcher on one knee. His goal is to be ready for the Nippon Series. Source: Sponichi 10/16/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • At twenty years and six month, Shintaro Fujinami became the fifth youngest pitcher to record a Playoff/Climax Series win. Kimiyasu Kudo holds the record at nineteen years and five months, set in 1982. Fujinami set the new Central League record, breaking Katsuki Akagawa's mark of twenty-one years and three months, set in 2011. Fujinami is the youngest pitcher in franchise history to record a postseason victory. The previous franchise record of twenty-five years and ten months was set by Minoru Murayama (1962 Nippon Series, Game 1). Source: Nikkan Sports 10/16/2014, Sponichi 10/16/2014
  • Mauro Gomez became the first hitter in franchise history to hit a home run as a clean-up hitter during a Playoff/Climax Series game. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/16/2014

CS: Hanshin Tigers 5 – Yomiuri Giants 2 (October 16, 2014)

by on Oct.16, 2014 @ 4:00 am, under Game Summaries, NPB, Postseason
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Hanshin Tigers vs Yomiuri Giants @ Tokyo Dome - 18:00
Starters: Messenger, Randy (HAN) 13-10, 3.20 - Sawamura, Hirokazu (YOM) 5-3, 3.72

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Hanshin 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 0 5 10 2
Yomiuri 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 7 0

Attendance: 44728 | Time: 3h19m | Hanshin leads series, 2-0-0

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[10/15/2014] Climax Series: Hanshin Tigers, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Oct.16, 2014 @ 1:29 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers set a postseason record by tossing twenty-seven consecutive scoreless innings.  The streak ended when Shinnosuke Abe hit a home run off Shintaro Fujinami in the 7th inning of Wednesday's Final Stage game against Yomiuri. The previous record of twenty-four was set by Yomiuri against Nankai during the 1951 Nippon Series twenty-six innings was set by Nishitetsu against Yomiuri during the 1958 Nippon Series. Source: Sponichi 10/15/2014
  • Fujinami got the Final Stage Game 1 start and could potentially get the Game 6 start. Source: Daily Sports 10/15/2014
  • Since coming to Japan, Randy Messenger is 4-for-9 with eleven RBI in bases loaded situations. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/15/2014
  • Akira Iwamoto started a Phoenix League game against Rakuten on Tuesday and tossed five shutout innings while allowing three hits. Source: Sanspo 10/15/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Pitching coach Tai-Yuan Kuo and outfield/base coach Seiji Tomashino will likely step down after the season. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/15/2014
  • The Hawks had a two-year extension on the table when Koji Akiyama made the decision to retire. Source: Daily Sports 10/15/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The first three starters of the Final Stage could be Hiroshi Urano, Masaru Nakamura, and Hiroshi Kisanuki. All three headed to Fukuoka after practices on Tuesday. Source: Sponichi 10/15/2014
  • Shohei Otani became the second player in postseason history to make an appearance as a pitcher and position player in the same year: Climax Series First Stage Game 1 starting pitcher; Climax Series First Stage Game 3 starting designated hitter, batted fifth. The other was Nobuo Oshima for Chunichi during the 1954 Nippon Series: Game 3 starting pitcher, batted ninth; Game 4 pinch-hitter; Game 5 starting right fielder, batted fifth; Game 6 starting left fielder, batted fifth. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/15/2014 ... There is a good chance Otani will only be used as a position player during the Final Stage. Source: Sponichi 10/15/2014
  • Fall camp will take place at Kunigami Stadium in Okinawa, from October 29 until November 8. Source: official announcement

CS: Hanshin Tigers 4 – Yomiuri Giants 1 (October 15, 2014)

by on Oct.15, 2014 @ 4:00 am, under Game Summaries, NPB, Postseason
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Hanshin Tigers vs Yomiuri Giants @ Tokyo Dome - 18:00
Starters: Iwata, Minoru (HAN) 9-8, 2.54 - Utsumi, Tetsuya (YOM) 7-9, 3.17

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Hanshin 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 9 0
Yomiuri 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 7 0

Attendance: 44871 | Time: 2h59m | Hanshin leads series, 1-0-0

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[10/14/2014] Climax Series: Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Softbank Hawks

by on Oct.15, 2014 @ 2:58 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Players will be allowed to travel to Tokyo Dome from their homes during the Final Stage, should they so desire. Source: Sanspo 10/14/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Pitching coach Takashi Yamaguchi told reporters he was not going to rule out using Seung-Hwan Oh in all six games of the Final Stage. Source: Sanspo 10/14/2014
  • The first four starters for the Final Stage of the Climax Series will likely be Minoru Iwata, Randy Messenger, Shintaro Fujinami, and Atsushi Nomi. Source: Sports Hochi 10/14/2014
  • Suguru Iwazaki could get the Game 5 start. Source: Sanspo 10/14/2014
  • Hanshin pitchers have combined to toss twenty-one consecutive scoreless innings so far in two Climax Series games. The postseason record of twenty-four consecutive scoreless innings was set by Yomiuri against Nankai during the 1951 Nippon Series: Hideo Fujimoto (Game 1, nine inning complete game shutout), Takehiko Bessho (Game 2, nine inning complete game shutout), and Kiyoshi Matsuda (Game 3, six shutout innings). Source: Nikkan Sports 10/14/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Softbank was having a hard time selling visiting team section tickets to the Final Stage of the Climax Series after Monday's game was postponed due to Typhoon #19. As of Monday, they still had about 10,000 total tickets for the first two games of the series. Source: Sanspo 10/14/2014, Sponichi 10/14/2014

[10/13/2014] CL Climax Series: Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers

by on Oct.14, 2014 @ 1:11 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tomoyuki Sugano (right elbow) moved from tennis balls to baseballs on Sunday. He threw the ball about fifty times into a net roughly twenty-five meters away from him. Source: Sponichi 10/13/2014 ... More specifically, he threw thirty-seven tennis balls into a net before he switched over to a baseball and threw seven into the net from about twenty meters away on one hop and then forty-three into the net without any hops. Source: Sanspo 10/13/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Suguru Iwazaki worked out at Koshien on Monday. He could get a start during the Final Stage of the Climax Series. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/13/2014
  • Yuta Iwasada could be used out of the bullpen during the Final Stage of the Climax Series. Source: Sanspo 10/13/2014
  • Ryota Imanari (right side) took eighty-four swings during live outdoor batting practice at Naruohama on Sunday. Source: Daily Sports 10/13/2014
  • Akira Iwamoto threw thirty-two pitches in the bullpen on Sunday. He could started a Phoenix League game against Rakuten on Tuesday. Source: Sanspo 10/13/2014

[10/12/2014] CL Climax Series: Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers

by on Oct.13, 2014 @ 5:57 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Practice game against BC League on Saturday [official announcement]: Shinnosuke Abe (three-run), Hayato Sakamoto (solo), and Leslie Anderson (solo) all hit home runs. Source: Sanspo 10/12/2014 ... Toshiya Sugiuchi started the game and tossed three shutout innings, allowed no hits, and struck out five. He did hit a batter. He could get the Final Stage Game 3 start. Source: Daily Sports 10/12/2014 ... Yuki Koyama relieved Sugiuchi and also did not allow a run over three innings. He struck out four and gave up two hits. Source: Sponichi 10/12/2014
  • Practice game against BC League on Sunday [official announcement]: Tetsuya Yamaguchi, Kentaro Nishimura, and Scott Mathieson each pitched a shutout inning in relief. Yamaguchi and Nishimura struck out two; Mathieson struck out one.
  • Yoshinobu Takahashi (right middle finger) started hitting off a tee on Saturday. He hit about fifty baseballs. Source: Sanspo 10/12/2014, Sponichi 10/12/2014
  • Tomoyuki Sugano (right elbow) began throwing tennis balls on Saturday -- about forty throws into a net roughly ten meters away. It was the first time he threw a ball in nine days. He also tossed a baseball toward the ceiling while lying on his back for about ten minutes. He is hoping to resume playing catch this week. Sugano celebrated his twenty-fifth birthday on Saturday. Source: Sanspo 10/12/2014, Sponichi 10/12/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Kosuke Fukudome has hit a home run in all three games Randy Messenger has started against Hiroshima at Koshien this year. Additionally, in all three games the home run came with the score 0-0. Source: Sanspo 10/12/2014 ... Messenger has not allowed a run in the three games (twenty-four innings) he started against Hiroshima at Koshien this year. He held them to a .118 batting average (9-for-76) without allowing an extra-base hit. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/12/2014
  • Phoenix League game against Yakult on Saturday: Shoya Yamamoto started the game and gave up six runs over four innings of work. Source: Sanspo 10/12/2014 ... Fumihito Haraguchi got the start at first and batted sixth. He collected two hits, including a solo home run in the 2nd inning, and two RBI. Source: Sanspo 10/12/2014
  • The 1-0 win on Saturday was the sixth 1-0 victory in play-off/Climax Series history; third where the one run came on a home run; and first in franchise postseason history. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/12/2014