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[7/25/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons

by on Jul.26, 2015 @ 9:26 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Yasuyuki Kataoka recorded the 200th sac hit of his career during his at bat in the 1st inning of a game against the Hiroshima Carp on July 25 and became the thirty-seventh player in NPB history to reach the milestone. Source: Sponichi 7/25/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Shintaro Fujinami set a new career high by throwing 152 pitches for his shutout victory over the Yokohama Bay Stars on July 24. His previous high of 143 was set against Chunichi on July 15, 2014. Source: Sponichi 7/25/2015 ... Fujinami recorded his second shutout victory on July 24 and became the first Japanese Hanshin pitcher to accomplish the feat since Atsushi Nomi in 2013 and the first right-handed Japanese Hanshin pitcher since Shinobu Fukuhara in 2005. Source: Chunichi Sports 7/25/2015 ... Fujinami recorded the first 150-plus pitch shutout victory in the NPB since Tetsuya Utsumi on May 28, 2011 (against Lotte, 152 pitches) and the first 150-plus pitch shutout victory in franchise history since Kei Igawa on June 25, 2003 (against Hiroshima, 150 pitches). Source: Sanspo 7/25/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Brad Eldred's wife gave birth to the couple's third child, a girl weighing 3,119 grams, on July 25 (US time). Eldred is currently scheduled to return to Japan on the July 28. Source: Daily Sports 7/25/2015, Sports Hochi 7/25/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Motonobu Tanishige played in his 3,017th game on July 25 and tied Katsuya Nomura's all-time NPB record for most games played. Source: Sponichi 7/25/2015

[7/24/2015] Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jul.25, 2015 @ 5:41 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Taiga Egoshi homered in his second straight game on July 24 and became the first rookie in franchise history to accomplish the feat since Akinobu Okada in 1980 (against Chunichi on August 6 and 7). Source: Daily Sports 7/24/2015, Sponichi 7/25/2015
  • A foul ball Shintaro Fujinami hit during indoor batting practice on July 23 struck hitting coach assistant Thomas O'Malley on the left side of the head. O'Malley told reporters he was fine, other than some pain. He also blamed himself for not paying attention (he was chatting with an interpreter). Source: Sanspo 7/24/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Keisuke Imai could get a start during the Yakult series that begins on July 28. If he does, it will be his first start since 2013. Source: Sports Hochi 7/24/2015
  • Hiroki Kuroda tossed a bullpen session on July 23. Instead of his usual thirty-five or so pitches, he threw eighty-five. Kuroda could make his next start on July 28 against Yakult. Source: Sponichi 7/24/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Starters for the Hanshin series that began on July 24: Shoichi Ino, Yoshiki Sunada, Shun Yamaguchi. Source: Sports Hochi 7/24/2015
  • Shun Yamaguchi could be sent down to Ni-gun for an adjustment if he continues to struggle. He has not won a game since April 25. Source: Sports Hochi 7/24/2015

[7/23/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jul.24, 2015 @ 9:42 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Toshiya Sugiuchi was sent down to Ni-gun on July 23 for adjustments (he gave up seven runs on fourteen hits and three walks over ten innings in his last two starts). Tetsuya Utsumi will most likely be called up to take his spot on the active roster. He tossed eight shutout innings against Ni-gun Yokohama on July 22 and could get a start on July 29 on six days of rest against Ichi-gun Yokohama at Kyocera Dome. Source: Daily Sports 7/23/2015, Nikkan Sports 7/23/2015
  • Tatsunori Hara is planning to keep Yoshiyuki Kamei in the four hole (for the time being) even though he is hitless in his last eighteen trips to the plate. Source: Daily Sports 7/23/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Through July 23, Atsushi Nomi is 20-16 against the Yomiuri Giants. He became the eighth pitcher in franchise history to win at least twenty games against the Giants (sixth in franchise history since the two league format began). Source: Nikkan Sports 7/23/2015 ... Only three other active pitchers in the NPB have at least twenty wins against the Giants: Hiroki Kuroda (20-18), Kenshin Kawakami (24-20), Masanori Ishikawa (22-24). Source: Sanspo 7/23/2015
  • The Uru-Tora and Retired Number Uniforms Charity Auction will take place between July 24 and August 9. Proceeds will go to the Japanese Red Cross Society in Hyogo. Source: official announcement

Hiroshima Carp

  • Hiroki Kuroda was originally penciled in for a start against Yomiuri on July 24. Kenta Maeda was pushed back to July 24 after his start on July 22 was rained out. Kuroda's next start will most likely come on July 28 against Yakult. Yuya Fukui and Kris Johnson will get the remaining two starts against the Giants on July 25 and 26, respectively. Source: Daily Sports 7/24/2015, Daily Sports 7/23/2015, Nikkan Sports 7/23/2015
  • Jesus Guzman joined Ichi-gun workouts at Mazda Stadium on July 23. He is expected to make the active roster in time for the Yomiuri series that begins on July 24. Source: Daily Sports 7/23/2015
  • The Carp will host an Akai Hane (Red Feather Community Chest) game on September 10. Fans attending the game will receive Akai Hane themed Carp stickers. The bases will be decorated with a red feather and the Carp logo. Players, coaches, and umpires will wear a red feather on their left sleeve. Source: official announcement

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Kenta Ishida may have won a spot in the starting rotation after a solid outing against Yakult on July 22 (two runs on seven hits over seven inning). Source: Daily Sports 7/23/2015
  • Owner Tomoko Namba spoke to reporters on July 22 and said she was not only satisfied with Nakahata's performance this year, but also over the last three years. She said the decision was made and that they wanted him to return next year. She is looking forward to a positive reply. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/23/2015

[7/22/2015] Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jul.23, 2015 @ 9:38 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Kosuke Fukudome was recognized as the Hanshin Tigers Sports Hochi Series' Outstanding Player on July 21. The series took place over eleven games at Koshien Stadium between June 6 - July 15. Fukudome went 15-for-41 with four home runs and four RBI during the eleven games series. Source: Sports Hochi 7/22/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda's start against Chunichi was rained out on July 22. His next start could come on July 24 against Yomiuri. Source: Sponichi 7/22/2015, Nikkan Sports 7/22/2015
  • Brad Eldred will return to the United States on July 23 to be with his expecting wife. He is scheduled to return on July 28. Jesus Guzman will replace Eldred on the active roster. Source: Daily Sports 7/22/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars gave up eleven runs in the 9th inning of a game against Yakult on July 21. It marked the first time they allowed eleven runs in one innings since September 30, 2012 (vs Chunichi). Source: Nikkan Sports 7/22/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Tetsuto Yamada became the first player in the Centra League to hit twenty home runs this year on July 21. The last Yakult player to reach twenty before anyone else in the league was Wladimir Balentien in 2012; the last Japanese Yakult player was Takahiro Ikeyama in 1992. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/22/2015
  • The Swallows scored seventeen runs on twenty-two hits against Yokohama on July 21. It was the first time they scored seventeen runs in a game since October 7, 2008 (vs Chunichi) and the first time they recorded twenty-two hits in a game since August 6, 2010 (vs Yokohama). Source: Sanpso 7/22/2015 ... Yakult went 10-for-10 at one point in the 9th inning on July 21. It was the eighth time in NPB history (third time in franchise history, most in NPB history) a team went 10-for-10 or better, first since June 7, 2010. The Swallows recorded eleven hits in the 9th on July 21. It was the fourth time they accomplished the feat in franchise history (most in NPB history), first since June 14, 2009. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/22/2015 ... The Swallows have gone 10-for-10 or better three times in franchise history: 10-for-10 on April 22, 1998 against Chunichi; 11-for-11 on June 14, 2009 against Orix (NPB record); and 10-for-10 on July 21, 2015 against Yokohama. Source: Sponichi 7/22/2015

[7/21/2015] Chunichi Dragons become third team in NPB to play 10,000 games

by on Jul.22, 2015 @ 9:55 am, under NPB
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The Chunichi Dragons played their 10,000th game on July 21 and became the third team in the NPB to reach the milestone.

The chart below shows records for each of the three teams after they played their 10,000th game and the date they reached the milestone.

Team Games W L T Date
Hanshin 10,000 5,012 4,686 302 2015/07/03
Orix 10,000 4,978 4,676 346 2015/07/13
Chunichi 10,000 5,011 4,653 336 2015/07/22

The Yomiuri Giants are on track to reach 10,000 games this season as well. They are sitting on 9,988 (5,680-3,996-312) through July 21.

[7/21/2015] Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Jul.22, 2015 @ 9:44 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Randy Messenger struck out two during his start against Yomiuri on July 21 and tied Jeremy Powell for fourth on the all-time strikeout list for foreign pitchers with 858. Source: Sponichi 7/21/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Yusuke Nomura will be taken off the active roster on July 22 after two consecutive ineffective starts (2 G, 8.1 IP, 45 BF, 15 H, 4 BB, 10 R, 5 ER). Source: Sports Hochi 7/21/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Drew Naylor and Rafael Perez made their Ni-gun debuts on July 21 against Softbank. Naylor got the start and tossed three shutout innings (12 BF, 4 H, 0 BB, 1 SO). Perez relieved Naylor and gave up two runs over three innings (15 BF, 6 H, 0 BB, 4 SO). Both players will pitch in one or two more games at Ni-gun before becoming available to pitch in Ichi-gun games. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/21/2015
  • Ryosuke Hirata recorded the second two-homer game of his career on July 20 (vs Yakult on August 25, 2011 at Jingu Stadium and vs Hiroshima on July 20 at Mazda Stadium). Source: Sports Hochi 7/21/2015, Nikkan Sports 7/21/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows scored eleven runs in the 9th inning of a game against Yokohama on July 21 and tied a franchise record that was set in May 1978. They fell short of the Central League record of twelve, set by Hanshin in 1969. Source: Sponichi 7/21/2015