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[7/5/2015] Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jul.06, 2015 @ 9:31 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Ni-gun game against Chunichi on July 5: Nelson Perez got the start in left and batted fifth. He went 3-for-4 with a solo home run to left off Kentaro Nishikawa in the 7th. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/5/2015 ... Suguru Iwazaki started the game but was ejected for throwing a dangerous pitch to Masato Matsui in the 5th. He gave up a run (earned) over four plus innings of work. He faced seventeen hitters, allowed two hits, walked one, hit two, and struck out one. Source: Daily Sports 7/5/2015
  • Shintaro Fujinami topped 100 innings pitched after recording the first out in the 1st inning of a game against Yokohama on July 5. He became the first pitcher out of high school to record at least 100 innings pitched in his first three years since Masahiro Tanaka (seven years, 2007-2013) and the first Hanshin pitcher out of high school since Yutaka Enatsu (nine years, 1967-1975). Source: Daily Sports 7/5/2015
  • Hiroki Uemoto has hit three lead-off home runs over his career: July 14, 2014 against Chunichi at Nagoya Dome; August 17, 2014 against Yokohama at Yokohama; and July 4 against Yokohama at Yokohama. Source: Sponichi 7/5/2015
  • Takashi Toritani's home run on July 3 was the organization's 7,613th. Source: Sponichi 7/4/2015
  • The Tigers were reportedly very close to signing Carlos Peguero to a deal that may have cost an estimated 200 million yen, but decided not to for two reasons: his addition would most likely mean losing Matt Murton and the organization may not have been ready to give up on him just yet; and there were concerns about Peguero's hitting, particularly his strikeout rate. The door has not completely closed on Peguero yet though -- if Murton continues to struggle, the Tigers could revisit the option. They have until the end of July to make a final decision. Source: Sanspo 7/5/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • The players and coaches will wear the number eighty-six during their game on August 6 to commemorate the dropping of the atomic bomb. Player names will be replaced by Hiroshima. The word Peace will appear on the chest area. A press conference is scheduled for July 6. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/5/2015, Daily Sports 7/5/2015, Sponichi 7/5/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Taketoshi Goto recorded pinch-hit home runs in consecutive games on July 3 and 4. He became the first player to accomplish the feat since Bum-Ho Lee on August 6 and 7, 2010. He became the sixth Yokohama player to record home runs in consecutive pinch-hit appearances, first since Hitoshi Tamura in 2013, and the third Yokohama player to record home runs in consecutive pinch-hit appearances without any non-pinch-hit at bats in between, first since Yoshiki Otsuka in 1994. Goto recorded both home runs off Hanshin's Seung-Hwan Oh. He became the sixth player in NPB history to record home runs in consecutive pinch-hit at bats off the same pitcher, first since Yoshiyuki Sano (Hiroshima) off Hiroaki Mizutani (Chunichi) on May 27 and 28, 1979. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/5/2015, Sponichi 7/5/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Masanori Ishikawa's start on July 4 was rained out. His next start will most likely come on July 10 against Yokohama. Source: Sanspo 7/4/2015

[7/5/2015] Japan Post to release Hiroki Kuroda stamp sets

by on Jul.06, 2015 @ 1:12 am, under NPB
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The Japan Post's Chugoku branch announced on July 1 that they will be releasing two Hiroki Kuroda stamp sets later this month. Each set will be worth 2,000 yen.

Set One - Limited to 5,000, available at 596 post offices in Japan (Hiroshima Prefecture and some post offices in Yamaguchi Prefecture and Tokyo), will become available on July 7

  • one sheet of 82 yen stamps (ten each)
  • one A3-sized card, foldable
  • one A4-sized clear file

Set Two - Limited to 1,500, only available online, will become available on July 15

  • one sheet of 82 yen stamps (ten each)
  • one A3-sized card, foldable
  • large-sized postcards

Most of the images used will be from Kuroda's started against Yakult on March 29.

Source: official press release

[7/3/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jul.04, 2015 @ 5:27 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants had a scheduled day off (and travel day) for position players on July 3, but instead held batting practice sessions at Giants Stadium. Source: Daily Sports 7/3/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Ni-gun game against Chunichi on July 3: Nelson Perez got the start in left and batted fourth. He went 4-for-4: single to center in the 2nd, RBI single to right in the 4th, single to right in the 5th, single to right in the 7th. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/3/2015
  • Through July 2, the Tigers were 12-24-1 with a 4.97 ERA and .232 batting average on the road. At home, they were 24-12-0 with a 2.81 ERA and .240 batting average. The pitching staff has given up ten or more runs in a game six times this year, once at home and five on the road. Source: Sanspo 7/3/2015
  • The Tigers have been swept four times this year: Yokohama at Koshien (April 7-9), Hiroshima at Koshien (May 8-10), Orix at Kyocera Dome (June 12-14), and Yakult at Jingu (June 30-July 2). Source: Sanspo 7/3/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • The Carp installed a plaque commemorating Takahiro Arai's 2,000th career game at Mazda Stadium on July 3. Source: official announcement

Chunichi Dragons

  • Shuhei Takahashi joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts on July 3. The Dragons are expected to add Takahashi to the active roster on July 4. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/4/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars held a press conference for Duane Below on July 3. He was assigned the number forty-two. Source: official announcement

[7/2/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jul.03, 2015 @ 7:19 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Hiroshima Carp

  • Second round draft pick Kazuki Yabuta became the first pitcher in Central League history to give up a home run to the first batter he faced in his first career start and game and record a win. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/2/2015 ... Only three other pitchers in NPB hsitory have given up a home run to the first batter they faced in their first appearance and still managed to pick up the win: Shinji Hamazaki in 1947, Minoru Hayakawa in 1976, and Kenji Otonari in 2007. Of the three, Hamazaki and Otonari accomplished the feat as starters. Source: Sanspo 7/2/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars are planning to hold a press conference for Duane Below on July 3. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/2/2015

[7/1/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jul.02, 2015 @ 8:23 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • On July 1, Shinnosuke Abe became the twenty-eighth player in NPB history to reach the 350 home run milestone. The blast came in the 8th inning off Takaya Toda. Source: Sponichi 7/1/2015
  • Yoshiyuki Kamei hit a walk-off sac fly during a Hiroshima game on June 30. It was the sixth walk-off of his career, first since he recorded a walk-off home run against Yokohama on July 30, 2014. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/1/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Kosuke Fukudome was left out of the starting line-up against Yakult on July 1 for some rest. He did make it into the game as a pinch-hitter in the 9th and recorded a double. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/1/2015
  • Kojiro Tanabo was loaned out to the BC League's Fukui Miracle Elephants. He returned to Hanshin on June 30. Line: 19 G, 0-0, 1 Sv, 20.0 IP, 91 BF, 383 NP, 15 H, 0 HR, 15 SO, 15 BB, 2 HBP, 11 R, 10 ER, 4.50 ERA. Source: Sanspo 7/1/2015
  • Takashi Toritani went 4-for-4 against Yakult on June 30. It was the seventeenth four-hit game of his career (117th modasho), first since August 27, 2014 against Yomiuri. It was also the first time he recorded four hits in four at bats and four hits in four plate appearances. In the past, he needed five or more at bats/plate appearances. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/1/2015, Sanspo 7/1/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Second round draft pick Kazuki Yabuta picked up a win in his first career start on June 30. The victory came against the Yomiuri Giants. Yabuta joined Hiroki Kuroda (1997), Yuki Saito (2006), and Yuya Fukui (2011) as the only pitchers in franchise history to record their first career victories in their first career starts in games against the Yomiuri Giants. Source: Daily Sports 7/1/2015
  • Hiroki Kuroda recorded a 2-1 complete game walk-off loss against the Yomiuri Giants on June 30. It was his first complete game in Japan since 2007. It was also the fourth time he lost a game on a walk-off. The other three times: September 6, 2000 against Yomiuri (Hideki Matsui, two-run home run); March 31, 2001 against Chunichi (Hitoshi Taneda, infield hit); and May 31, 2002 against Yomiuri (Kazuhiro Kiyohara, single to center). Source: Nikkan Sports 7/1/2015 ... Kuroda was 13-3 in nineteen games against Yomiuri between 2004 and 2007. Source: Sponichi 7/1/2015 ... Kuroda recorded his first (April 25, 1997) and 100th (July 14, 2007) victories against the Yomiuri Giants. He became the first Hiroshima pitcher over forty to toss a complete game since Yutaka Ono in 1997. Source: Daily Sports 7/1/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Duane Below arrived at Narita Airport on July 1. Source: Sponichi 7/1/2015
  • Yasutomo Kubo tossed a 1-0 shutout against Chunichi on June 30. It was the seventh shutout victory of his career, first since September 9, 2014 against Yakult. It was the first 1-0 shutout of his career. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/1/2015 ... The last Yokohama pitcher to toss a 1-0 shutout victory was Shun Yamaguchi on September 30, 2014; the last Yokohama pitcher over thirty-four years and ten months was Stephen Randolph on October 2, 2009 at thirty-five years and five months; and the last Japanese Yokohama pitcher was Satoru Komiyama on September 28, 2001 at thirty-six years and zero months. Source: Sanspo 7/1/2015