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[4/30/2015] Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on May.01, 2015 @ 6:32 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Seung-Hwan Oh recorded his forty-eighth career NPB save on April 29. That is most for a foreign player in franchise history and good for fifth on the all-time franchise list, behind Kyuji Fujikawa (220), Kazuyuki Yamamoto (130), Kiyooki Nakanishi (75), and Tsutomu Tamura (54). Source: Sanspo 4/30/2015
  • Through April 29: The Hanshin Tigers are 5-1 when Matt Murton and Mauro Gomez record RBIs in the same game. They were 22-8 last year. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/30/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Nate Schierholtz and Deunte Heath will be taken off the active roster. Mike Zagurski will be called up. Source: Sponichi 4/30/2015

Chunichi Dragons

Yakult Swallows

  • Kazuhiro Hatakeyama missed the Hanshin game at Koshien on April 30 because of a fever. He will need a couple of days for a full recovery. Influenza has been ruled out. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/30/2015

[4/28/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Yakult Swallows

by on Apr.29, 2015 @ 10:19 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Ni-gun game agianst Seibu on April 28: Juan Francisco got the start at third and batted third. He went 0-for-3 with a strikeout.
  • Through April 27, of the 302 stolen bases Yasuyuki Kataoka recorded over his career, 117 were on the first pitch and eighty were on the second pitch; of the 210 stolen bases Takahiro Suzuki recorded over his career, sixty were on the first pitch and sixty-six on the second pitch. Source: Sponichi 4/28/2015
  • Juan Francisco could join the Ichi-gun team in time for the Hanshin series that begins on May 2. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/28/2015 ... Francisco took thirty-eight swings during batting practice on April 27 and hit five over the fence. He took grounders and first and third during fielding practice. Source: Sanspo 4/28/2015, Daily Sports 4/28/2015, Sponichi 4/28/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Seung-Hwan Oh recorded the forty-seventh save of his NPB career on April 28 and tied the franchise record for foreign players set by Jeff Williams between 2003 and 2009. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/28/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Ni-gun game against Lotte on April 28: Yoshinori Sato started the game and tossed six shutout innings. He faced twenty-two hitters, allowed six hits, walked two, struck out three, and topped out at 147km/h. Source: Sanspo 4/28/2015
  • Shohei Tateyama is slated to start and pitch two innings in a Ni-gun rehab game against Lotte on April 29. It will be his first game since April 5, 2014. He is making his way back from right elbow surgery. If things go well, he could join the active roster some time in July. Source: Sanspo 4/28/2015

[4/27/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp

by on Apr.28, 2015 @ 6:10 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Juan Francisco joined Ichi-gun practices at Giants Stadium on April 27. Francisco will continue his workouts at Ni-gun. Coaches will re-evaluate his progress on April 30. Source: Sanspo 4/27/2015
  • Third round draft pick Hayato Takagi joined Motoshi Fujita (4-2 in 1957), Hiroaki Aoki (5-1 in 1960), and Ritsuo Horimoto (6-1 in 1960) as the only rookies in franchise history to record at least four victories before the end of April. Takagi and Horimoto are the only two pitchers that recorded at least four victories as a starter. Source: Sponichi 4/27/2015, Sanspo 4/27/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Akira Iwamoto is slated to start a game against Yakult at Koshien on April 30. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/27/2015
  • Through April 26, Takashi Toritani leads thirty-one active players with 4,000 or more at bats in batting average with the bases loaded: 51-for-127. Source: Sponichi 4/27/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Potential starters for nine-game stretch that begins on April 28: Yokohama series at Mazda Stadium - Daichi Osera, Kenta Maeda, Yusuke Nomura; Yakult series at Jingu Stadium - Hiroki Kuroda, Kris Johnson, Yuya Fukui; Yomiuri series at Mazda Stadium - Osera, Maeda, Nomura. Source: Daily Sports 4/27/2015
  • Television ratings for Hiroki Kuroda's last start for the Hiroshima region: 22.0% for the 210 minutes beginning at 1:00pm and 22.7% for the 24 minutes beginning at 4:30pm. Source: Sponichi 4/27/2015

[4/24/2015] Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Apr.25, 2015 @ 12:37 pm, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Mauro Gomez did not participate in practices at Koshien on April 24 because of a fever. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/24/2015
  • Yutaka Wada might sit Matt Murton if he feels it will benefit everyone. Source: Sponichi 4/24/2015, Sanspo 4/24/2015
  • Randy Messenger appeared to lack focus and drive during his two at bats on April 22 -- he did not lift the bat off his shoulder during his first at bat in the 3rd inning and struck out looking on four pitches; and attempted a slash bunt during his second at bat in the 4th and ultimately struck out looking. Team official Eiichi Takano told reporters on April 23, without revealing anything that might give away their strategies, that there were misunderstandings. During his first at bat, he was reportedly waiting for a slider to hit. During his second at bat, he missed the bunt sign and tried the slash bunt on his own. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/24/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/24/2015, Sponichi 4/24/2015, Daily Sports 4/24/2015

Hiroshima Carp

Chunichi Dragons

  • Kazuki Yoshimi's next start could come during a Yokohama series that begins on May 1 at Nagoya Dome. Source: Sports Hochi 4/24/2015 ... Yoshimi has not allowed a run in twenty innings from his first outing of the season. The NPB record of 38.1 scoreless innings from the pitcher's first outing of the season was set by Satoshi Takahashi in 1939. The Central League record of thirty-one was set by Etsuo Nakai in 1963. Source: Sponichi 4/24/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Hisanori Takahashi could get Guillermo Moscoso's next start on April 29 against Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium. Moscoso was diagnosed with a strain in his left hamstring and taken off the active roster on April 23. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/24/2015, Sports Hochi 4/24/2015

[4/23/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Apr.24, 2015 @ 10:00 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants held a press conference for Juan Francisco at Giants Stadium on April 22. Source: official report, Sponichi 4/23/2015
  • The Giants recorded a 1-0 victory against the Hiroshima Carp on April 22. The lone run scored in the 1st inning. The last time the Giants scored a run in the 1st inning and won the game 1-0 was on July 30, 2000 against the Chunichi Dragons. The last time they did it against the Carp was on June 2, 1995. Source: Sanspo 4/23/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Randy Messenger picked up the twelfth double-digit strikeout game of his NPB career on April 22 and set a new Central League record for foreign pitchers. The previous record of eleven was held by Darrell May. Source: Daily Sports 4/23/2015, Sponichi 4/23/2015
  • The Tigers dropped Matt Murton down from fifth to sixth in the starting line-up on April 22. It was the first time Murton batted sixth since April 5, 2013. He also picked up his first hit in twenty-four trips to the plate. Source: Daily Sports 4/23/2015, Sponichi 4/23/2015
  • Kosuke Fukudome moved up to batting fifth from sixth on April 22. It was the first time he batted fifth since August 10, 2014. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/23/2015
  • Tomoaki Kanemoto posted a message at his personal site on April 22 about visiting the training facilities at the University of Southern California. Source: official post

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons will finish the month of April with five walk-off victories, one short of a new Central League record and one short of tying the NPB record. Source: Sponichi 4/23/2015 ... The Dragons recorded eleven victories at Nagoya Dome in April. That set a franchise record for wins at Nagoya Dome in April and tied the franchise record for wins at Nagoya Dome in one month (August 2004 and August 2010). Source: Nikkan Sports 4/23/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Hitoshi Tamura is set to make the active roster on April 24. He is expected to make the starting line-up in center batting seventh. Source: Daily Sports 4/23/2015