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[10/22/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Oct.23, 2014 @ 10:41 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions announced on Tuesday that Takeya Nakamura and Shogo Akiyama had surgery to clean out their right elbows at a hospital in Yokohama. Both players are not expected to miss spring camp next year. Source: Sponichi 10/21/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Naoki Miyanishi has a stress fracture in his left shin. He was taken off the active roster on September 30 with discomfort in his left shin. He was examined at a hospital, but never got the diagnosis because he thought it might put a damper on his motivation. He returned to the active roster on the 11th without knowing what was wrong with his shin. Source: Sports Hochi 10/22/2014, Sponichi 10/22/2014
  • Michael Crotta left for the United States out of Shin Chitose Airport on Wednesday. He will most likely return next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/22/2014
  • There is a good chance Shohei Otani will see a large increase in salary. He could join Daisuke Matsuzaka as the only pitchers out of high school to top the 100 million yen mark in their third year. Source: Sponichi 10/22/2014 ... Otani currently weighs ninety-three kilograms. He is hoping to push his weight to 100 kilograms. Source: Sports Hochi 10/23/2014
  • The Fighters believe forty-five-year-old catcher/battery coach Satoshi Nakajima still has something to contribute as a player. They have asked him to remain active. He will most likely comply. Nakajima has been a player/coach since 2007. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/22/2014
  • Hideki Kuriyama visited the Tokyo Nippon Ham branch on Tuesday. He met team owner Hiroshi Kobayashi and provided him with a report on the 2014 season. Source: Daily Sports 10/21/2014

[10/22/2014] Nippon Ham Fighters to part ways with S. Akada, Ni-gun pitching coach T. Kato

by on Oct.22, 2014 @ 11:17 pm, under NPB
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The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today that they are parting ways with Shogo Akada (34). Akada does not plan on retiring and will try to sign with another team.

The Fighters also announced that they were not going to offer Ni-gun pitching coach Takeharu Kato a contract for the 2015 season.

Source: official announcement, official announcement, Sports Hochi 10/22/2014

[10/20/2014] Free Agents and Rumors: Chun-Lin Kuo, Wily Mo Pena (Orix)

by on Oct.21, 2014 @ 10:06 am, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

Softbank Hawks

Orix Buffaloes

  • Chihiro Kaneko told reporters that he had not thought about his FA option yet. He was more concerned about representing Japan at the Suzuki MLB All-Star Series in November. Source: Sports Hochi 10/20/2014 ... The Buffaloes are willing to do their best to match whatever requests Kaneko might have. Source: Sports Hochi 10/21/2014
  • The Buffaloes are planning to offer Yoshitomo Tani a contract for the 2015 season. Tani is seventy-seven hits away from 2,000. The organization is ready to begin negotiations with Kaneko, Yoshihisa Hirano, Takahiro Mahara, and Tomotaka Sakaguchi. Source: Sports Hochi 10/20/2014 ... The Buffaloes are okay with the four players exercising their FA options before deciding to stay. They also plan to be as flexible as possible with regards to requests they might have. Source: Daily Sports 10/21/2014, Sponichi 10/21/2014
  • Team official Ryuzo Setoyama on how negotiations are going with Wily Mo Pena: "They're seeking a contract for a top-level foreign player, but Pena did not really perform to expectations beginning in September. I think negotiations will not go the way they'd like them to go." Source: Daily Sports 10/20/2014 ... Pena could be seeking a multi-year deal worth over 200 million yen a year. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/21/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Luis Mendoza and Michael Crotta will most likely return next year. Juan Miranda is a question mark. Source: Daily Sports 10/21/2014 ... Nippon Ham will reportedly part ways with Miranda and Anthony Carter. Mendoza is in the middle of a two-year deal and the Fighters hold an option on Crotta for the 2015 season. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/21/2014
  • Nippon Ham would like Naoki Miyanishi to stay and might be willing to go three years on a contract depending on negotiations. Source: Daily Sports 10/21/2014 ... Miyanishi thinks staying with the Fighters might be his best option, but is fifty-fifty on the decision. Source: Sponichi 10/21/2014
  • Kensuke Tanaka is on the radar. Source: Sponichi 10/21/2014

[10/20/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Oct.21, 2014 @ 9:51 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Takahiro Norimoto threw about forty pitches in the bullpen on Monday. It was his first session since the regular season ended. He used a Rawlings baseball in preparation for the Suzuki All-Star Series in November. Source: Sports Hochi 10/21/2014
  • Early workouts during fall practice will begin on the 24th. Workouts will begin at 9:00am, about an hour before the start of regular practices. Source: Daily Sports 10/20/2014
  • Koji Aoyama would like to try closing games again next year. He spoke to Hiromoto Okubo during fall practices and will likely be used in relief. Source: Sports Hochi 10/20/2014
  • Okubo wants players to exercise proper manners -- he expects them to come to full stops when greeting others, particularly those older than them. He believes good manners can lead to better general focus, more positive energy, and a pleasant atmosphere. Source: Sports Hochi 10/21/2014, Sanspo 10/21/2014 ... Okubo is thinking about setting up a relief rotation consisting of two groups of four relievers. Each group would swap out every two weeks to keep arms fresh. Source: Sponichi 10/20/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/20/2014 ... Okubo ended closed-session practices after about ten minutes on Saturday because he wanted to give the 1,717 fans at the stadium more time to see players working out on the field. Closed-session practices were originally scheduled to last about an hour. Source: Sports Hochi 10/19/2014
  • The media learned on Saturday that Hiroyuki Fukuyama had surgery to clean out his right elbow on the 9th. He began his rehab on the 18th. Assuming no setbacks, he could toss a bullpen session in December. Source: Sports Hochi 10/19/2014
  • Senichi Hoshino is not planning to accept any honorary posts from Rakuten. He has been asked to stay by owner Hiroshi Mikitani, but without any details about his position. Source: Daily Sports 10/21/2014

Seibu Lions

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Lotte is planning to invite Teruyoshi Kuji to fall camp as a special instructor. Kuji was an infield/base coach with Hanshin up until last year. Source: Daily Sports 10/21/2014
  • The Marines posted footage taken from a camera that was strapped to Yoshifumi Okada's head while shagging fly balls at QVC Marine.

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani struck out twelve on Sunday and at twenty years and three months, became the second youngest pitcher to record double-digits strikeouts in a postseason game. Yu Darvish set the record with eleven strikeouts at twenty years and one month during the first game of the Second Stage of the 2006 Playoff. Source: Sanspo 10/20/2014, Sanspo 10/20/2014, Sponichi 10/20/2014 ... Otani became the eighth pitcher (tenth time) to strike out ten or more hitters during a Playoff/Climax Series game. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/20/2014 ... Otani was not available to play on Monday. Source: Daily Sports 10/20/2014
  • The Fighters are planning to keep all of their Ichi-gun coaches. Source: Sports Hochi 10/21/2014, Daily Sports 10/21/2014

CS: Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 1 – Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 4 (October 20, 2014)

by on Oct.20, 2014 @ 6:30 am, under Game Summaries, NPB, Postseason
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Nippon Ham Fighters vs Softbank Hawks @ YafuOku Dome - 18:00
Starters: Uwasawa, Naoyuki (HAM) 8-8, 3.19 - Otonari, Kenji (SOF) 3-1, 1.64

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nippon Ham 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 9 0
Softbank 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 1 X 4 8 1

Attendance: 38561 | Time: 3h24m | Series tied, 3-3-0

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[10/19/2014] Climax Series: Hanshin Tigers, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Oct.20, 2014 @ 6:27 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Mauro Gomez set a new Central League record with eight RBI in one Climax Series stage (Final Stage). The previous record of six was set by Michihiro Ogasawara during the Second Stage of the 2008 Climax Series and Masahiko Morino during the Second Stage of the 2009 Climax Series. The NPB record of ten was set by Terrmel Sledge during the Second Stage of the 2009 Climax Series. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014
  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka recorded the fifth Climax Series modasho of his career on Saturday and set a new Playoff/Climax Series record. The previous record of four was held by Kensuke Tanaka, Michihiro Ogasawara, and Kazuhiro Wada. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/19/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Nobuhiro Matsuda collected hits in six consecutive trips to the plate (from his last at bat in Game 3 through all four of his at bats in Game 4 and his first at bat in Game 5) and set a new Playoff record. The previous record of five was set by Taketoshi Goto (Second Stage of the 2008 Climax Series, between Games 4 and 5, includes a walk) and Yohei Oshima (First Stage of the 2012 Climax Series, between Games 2 and 3). Source: Sports Hochi 10/19/2014, Jiji Press 10/19/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/19/2014, Sanspo 10/19/2014
  • Yuki Yanagita hit a lead-off home run on Saturday and became the eighth player to hit a lead-off home run in a Playoff/Climax Series game. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014
  • Kenichi Nakata picked up his fifth career Climax Series victory on Saturday and joined Yu Darvish and Kazuki Yoshimi as the only pitchers to record five Playoff/Climax Series victories. He also joined Kiyoshi Toyoda (Seibu, Yomiuri), Dennis Houlton (Softbank, Yomiuri), Toshiya Sugiuchi (Softbank, Yomiuri), and Takahiro Mahara (Softbank, Orix) as the only players to record the victories with two different teams. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/19/2014
  • The Hawks have prepared 3,000 beers and eight barrels of sake in case they win the Final Stage. Source: Sports Hochi 10/19/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

Pacific League

  • The Nippon Ham Fighters and Softbank Hawks combined for twenty-four strikeouts through the first nine innings of Sunday's game and set a new Pacific League postseason record. The Central League postseason record of twenty-five was set in 2007 during the Second Stage between Chunichi and Yomiuri. The thirty-two strikeouts over the entire eleven-inning game on Sunday set a new postseason record (includes extra-inning games). Source: Sports Hochi 10/19/2014

CS: Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 6 – Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 4 (October 19, 2014)

by on Oct.19, 2014 @ 4:00 am, under Game Summaries, NPB, Postseason
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Nippon Ham Fighters vs Softbank Hawks @ YafuOku Dome - 13:00
Starters: Otani, Shohei (HAM) 11-4, 2.61 - Standridge, Jason (SOF) 11-8, 3.30

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Nippon Ham 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 2 6 12 0
Softbank 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 7 0

Attendance: 34070 | Time: 4h26m | Nippon Ham leads series, 3-2-0

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[10/18/2014] Climax Series: Hanshin Tigers, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Oct.19, 2014 @ 3:26 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Seung-Hwan Oh joined Masahide Kobayashi (2005, Second Stage, saves in Games 1, 2, 5) and Hitoki Iwase (2007, Second Stage, saves in Games 1-3) as the only players to record three save in one Climax Series stage; also joined Iwase as the only players to record saves in three consecutive games in one Climax Series stage. Source: Sponichi 10/18/2014 ... Oh tied Iwase's 2007 Central League record for most saves during a Climax Series with four. The NPB record of five was set by Kobayashi in 2005. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Yuichi Honda (left ring finger) resumed fielding practice on Friday. Honda suffered a fracture in his left ring finger on August 2. He was given the green light to move forward with his workouts during an exam at a hospital on the 16th. Assuming no setbacks, he could begin playing in the Phoenix League on the 21st. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani threw about forty pitches in the bullpen in preparation for his start on Sunday. Source: Daily Sports 10/18/2014
  • Dai-Kang Yoh became the eleventh player to hit two home runs in a Playoff/Climax Series game on Friday. Yoh also became the eighth player to hit the home runs in consecutive trips to the plate; and the fifth to do it in back-to-back innings. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2014

CS: Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 2 – Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 5 (October 18, 2014)

by on Oct.18, 2014 @ 4:00 am, under Game Summaries, NPB, Postseason
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Nippon Ham Fighters vs Softbank Hawks @ YafuOku Dome - 13:00
Starters: Kisanuki, Hiroshi (HAM) 1-3, 3.12 - Nakata, Kenichi (SOF) 11-7, 4.34

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nippon Ham 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 4 0
Softbank 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 X 5 13 0

Attendance: 31647 | Time: 4h20m | Series tied, 2-2-0

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