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[9/27/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Sep.28, 2014 @ 5:20 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Andruw Jones started with 110 walks on Saturday. He walked four times against the Seibu Lions and became the first player in the Pacific League record to walk 114 times in one season. The previous record of 113 was set by Atsushi Kataoka in 1998. The NPB record of 158 was set by Sadaharu Oh in 1974. Source: Sponichi 9/27/2014
  • Brian Falkenborg will donate 50,000 yen for each victory, hold, and save he records this season to help support children affected by the earthquake in Iwate Prefecture. Source: Sports Hochi 9/27/2014 ... Through Friday, Falkenborg had three victories, one hold, and nineteen saves (1,150,000 yen). Source: Nikkan Sports 9/27/2014
  • The Eagles will honor Senichi Hoshino with a final farewell game and ceremony on October 6, the last day of the regular season. Source: official announcement

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions no longer have a shot at a finish above fourth place after the Nippon Ham Fighters recorded a victory on Saturday. Source: Sponichi 9/27/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes' flight to Sapporo out of Kobe was supposed to leave at 10:30am. But mechanical troubles (problems with a tire) delayed the flight until 12:43pm. The team got to Chitose Airport at 2:35pm and hopped on a bus to Sapporo Dome. They arrived at the stadium at 3:50pm. The Nippon Ham Fighters agreed to push the start of Saturday's game back thirty minutes to 6:30pm. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/27/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani was out with a fever on Saturday. He started feeling sick after Friday's game and went to the hospital for a check-up after returning to Sapporo earlier in the day on Saturday. Source: Daily Sports 9/27/2014, Sports Hochi 9/27/2014

[9/27/2014] Nippon Ham Fighters: Makoto Kaneko to retire after the season

by on Sep.27, 2014 @ 5:43 pm, under NPB
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Makoto Kaneko held a press conference at Sapporo Dome today to announce his decision to retire after the current season. Retirement ceremonies/events will be held on September 29 and October 1.

"I have no regrets," said Kaneko. "I love baseball players so I do feel sad about retiring, but I have no regrets over the things I've done during my twenty-one year career."

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Orix Buffaloes 2 – Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 3 (September 27, 2014)

by on Sep.27, 2014 @ 4:03 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Orix Buffaloes vs Nippon Ham Fighters @ Sapporo Dome - 18:00
Starters: Dickson, Brandon (ORI) 9-10, 3.49 - Uwasawa, Naoyuki (HAM) 8-8, 3.30

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

Attendance: 37837 | Time: 3h56m | Series tied, 12-12-0

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[9/26/2014] Injury Report: Dai-Kang Yoh (Nippon Ham), Shoichi Ino (Yokohama)

by on Sep.27, 2014 @ 3:45 am, under NPB
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Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Shoichi Ino left Friday's game against Yomiuri with discomfort in his right elbow -- he was removed after throwing one pitch to Yoshiyuki Kamei in the 6th inning. He will be examined at a hospital in Yokohama on Saturday. Source: Daily Sports 9/26/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/26/2014
  • Tony Blanco's season likely ended on Thursday when he suffered another injury to the back of his right thigh while running the bases in the 6th inning against the Hanshin Tigers. Source: Sports Hochi 9/26/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Dai-Kang Yoh suffered a minor bruise on his right shoulder when he banged off the outfield wall while attempting to catch a ball in the 7th inning of Friday's game against the Chiba Lotte Marines. He was removed from the game after the play and is considered day-to-day. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/26/2014

[9/26/2014] Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Sep.27, 2014 @ 3:32 am, under NPB
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Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The Marines would like to sign Yoshihisa Naruse and Luis Cruz to contracts for the 2015 season. Source: Sports Hochi 9/26/2014 ... The Marines will most likely part ways with Seth Greisinger and Craig Brazell. They would like to see Alfredo Despaigne, Cruz, and Chad Huffman return in 2015. Cruz and Huffman are interested in returning next year. Despaigne's availability will depend on what Cuba has planned for him next year. Source: Sponichi 9/26/2014
  • Tsutomu Ito will most likely be allowed to finish out the third year of his three-year deal in 2015. The Marines are planning to make other changes. One could be offering Eiji Ochiai a job as pitching coach. He made a name for himself as a pitching coach in the KBO between 2010 and 2012. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/26/2014, Sports Hochi 9/26/2014, Daily Sports 9/26/2014, Sponichi 9/26/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Ryota Igarashi walked five hitters in the 7th inning of Thursday's game against the Rakuten Eagles. Four walks were issued with the bases loaded. Igarashi became the seventh pitcher in NPB history to walk in four runs in one game, first since Terry Burrows with Orix against Kintetsu on June 3, 2000. He also became the fifth pitcher in NPB history to walk in four runs in one inning, first since Mitsuru Tamura with Takahashi against Nishitetsu on June 12, 1954. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/26/2014 ... The other three pitchers that walked in four runs in one inning: Sakae Shigeri with Nagoya in 1938, Tadashi Kameda with the Eagles in 1939, and Takeo Mizobe with Hankyu in 1947. Source: Sponichi 9/26/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Yuki Saito could get a start on the 30th against Seibu at Sapporo Dome. If he does, it will be his last chance to secure a spot on the Climax Series roster, as either a starter or reliever. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/26/2014

Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 1 – Chiba Lotte Marines 8 (September 26, 2014)

by on Sep.26, 2014 @ 4:04 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Nippon Ham Fighters vs Chiba Lotte Marines @ QVC Marine Field - 18:15
Starters: Urano, Hiroshi (HAM) 7-3, 3.63 - Karakawa, Yuki (LOT) 3-9, 4.96

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

Attendance: 18745 | Time: 2h42m | Nippon Ham leads series, 13-11-0

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[9/25/2014] Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Sep.26, 2014 @ 2:15 am, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

  • The Lions are planning to ask senior director Hisanobu Watanabe to be their designated "drawer" if they end up having to draw for their 1st round pick at the 2014 draft. Source: Sponichi 9/25/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

Softbank Hawks

  • Tadashi Settsu was taken off the active roster on Thursday after giving up six runs (all earned) on four hits, three walks, and an HBP during his start against Rakuten on Wednesday. Source: Sports Hochi 9/25/2014

Orix Buffaloes

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Fighters can do no better than a third place finish.  The Fighters won their game on Thursday, but so did the Orix Buffaloes.  It is no longer mathematically possible for the Fighters to finish the season with a better winning percentage than the Buffaloes. Source: Sponichi 9/25/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/25/2014

Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 9 – Chiba Lotte Marines 2 (September 25, 2014)

by on Sep.25, 2014 @ 9:05 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Nippon Ham Fighters vs Chiba Lotte Marines @ QVC Marine Field - 18:15
Starters: Mendoza, Luis (HAM) 6-13, 3.90 - Naruse, Yoshihisa (LOT) 9-10, 4.38

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

Attendance: 8581 | Time: 3h24m | Nippon Ham leads series, 13-10-0

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Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 5 – Chiba Lotte Marines 9 (September 24, 2014)

by on Sep.24, 2014 @ 4:21 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Nippon Ham Fighters vs Chiba Lotte Marines @ QVC Marine Field - 18:15
Starters: Kisanuki, Hiroshi (HAM) 1-2, 2.25 - Omine, Yuta (LOT) 2-4, 3.65

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nippon Ham 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 5 11 1
Lotte 2 2 1 0 2 0 2 0 X 9 15 4

Attendance: 9510 | Time: 3h34m | Nippon Ham leads series, 12-10-0

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[9/23/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Sep.24, 2014 @ 3:59 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Nine players, including Andruw Jones, have recorded 100 or more strikes and walks twelve times in NPB history. Jones is the first to record 100 or more strikeouts and walks in back-to-back seasons (2013, 2014). Source: Sponichi 9/23/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Craig Brazell had inguinal hernia surgery in the United States on July 30. He has been rehabbing since then, but is apparently no closer to being able to establish a time frame for his return. The Marines will most likely part ways with Brazell since they are not sure when he will be ready to play. Source: Sports Hochi 9/23/2014
  • The Marines are planning to part ways with Seth Greisinger. Greisinger had problems with his right shoulder and is planning to have surgery during the off-season. The veteran pitcher has reportedly told people around him that he will either return to Japan to play next year, or retire. Source: Sports Hochi 9/23/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks plan to send their everyday players to the Phoenix League in Miyazaki to keep them sharp if they finish the season in first place. They  may also be able to schedule practice games against other NPB teams in Miyazaki, like Hiroshima and Yomiuri. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/23/2014
  • Shota Takeda threw thirty pitches in the bullpen on Monday in preparation for his start on Thursday against Rakuten. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/23/2014
  • Probable starters for the four-game series against Rakuten that begins on the 23rd at YafuOku Dome: Kenji Otonari, Tadashi Settsu, Takeda, Kenichi Nakata. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/23/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Thirty-five-year-old Kei Igawa plans to continue playing in 2015. He is expected to sign a new contract with Orix. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/23/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Fighters do not plan on giving Yuki Saito a new uniform number, even though he may not deserve to keep the number eighteen based on performance alone. Source: Sports Hochi 9/23/2014
  • Snack maker Koikeya is planning to send Atsunori Inaba a shipment of potato chips as a retirement gift. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/23/2014