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[10/15/2014] Climax Series: Hanshin Tigers, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Oct.16, 2014 @ 1:29 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers set a postseason record by tossing twenty-seven consecutive scoreless innings.  The streak ended when Shinnosuke Abe hit a home run off Shintaro Fujinami in the 7th inning of Wednesday's Final Stage game against Yomiuri. The previous record of twenty-four was set by Yomiuri against Nankai during the 1951 Nippon Series twenty-six innings was set by Nishitetsu against Yomiuri during the 1958 Nippon Series. Source: Sponichi 10/15/2014
  • Fujinami got the Final Stage Game 1 start and could potentially get the Game 6 start. Source: Daily Sports 10/15/2014
  • Since coming to Japan, Randy Messenger is 4-for-9 with eleven RBI in bases loaded situations. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/15/2014
  • Akira Iwamoto started a Phoenix League game against Rakuten on Tuesday and tossed five shutout innings while allowing three hits. Source: Sanspo 10/15/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Pitching coach Tai-Yuan Kuo and outfield/base coach Seiji Tomashino will likely step down after the season. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/15/2014
  • The Hawks had a two-year extension on the table when Koji Akiyama made the decision to retire. Source: Daily Sports 10/15/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The first three starters of the Final Stage could be Hiroshi Urano, Masaru Nakamura, and Hiroshi Kisanuki. All three headed to Fukuoka after practices on Tuesday. Source: Sponichi 10/15/2014
  • Shohei Otani became the second player in postseason history to make an appearance as a pitcher and position player in the same year: Climax Series First Stage Game 1 starting pitcher; Climax Series First Stage Game 3 starting designated hitter, batted fifth. The other was Nobuo Oshima for Chunichi during the 1954 Nippon Series: Game 3 starting pitcher, batted ninth; Game 4 pinch-hitter; Game 5 starting right fielder, batted fifth; Game 6 starting left fielder, batted fifth. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/15/2014 ... There is a good chance Otani will only be used as a position player during the Final Stage. Source: Sponichi 10/15/2014
  • Fall camp will take place at Kunigami Stadium in Okinawa, from October 29 until November 8. Source: official announcement

CS: Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 2 – Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 3 (October 15, 2014)

by on Oct.15, 2014 @ 4:01 am, under Game Summaries, NPB, Postseason
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Nippon Ham Fighters vs Softbank Hawks @ YafuOku Dome - 18:00
Starters: Urano, Hiroshi (HAM) 7-4, 3.68 - 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 2 0 0 2 5 0
Softbank 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2X 3 9 0

Attendance: 28087 | Time: 3h19m | Softbank leads series, 1-0-0

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Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 2 – Orix Buffaloes 1 (October 14, 2014)

by on Oct.14, 2014 @ 4:00 am, under Game Summaries, NPB, Postseason
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Nippon Ham Fighters vs Orix Buffaloes @ Kyocera Dome - 18:00
Starters: Mendoza, Luis (HAM) 7-13, 3.89 - Nishi, Yuki (ORI) 12-10, 3.29

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

Attendance: 32588 | Time: 4h17m | Nippon Ham leads series, 2-1-0

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[10/13/2014] PL Climax Series: Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Oct.14, 2014 @ 1:09 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani could make the First Stage Game 3 starting line-up as the designated hitter batting fifth. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/13/2014, Sponichi 10/13/2014 ... Otani took thirty-one swings during workouts on Monday and hit seven over the fence, including one that traveled an estimated 160 meters. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/13/2014
  • Naoki Miyanishi was not available to pitch on Sunday because of discomfort in his left shin. Source: Daily Sports 10/13/2014
  • Atsunori Inaba recorded an RBI during Sunday's game. At forty-two years and two months, he joined Hiromitsu Ochiai (forty-two years and ten months, Game 1 Nippon Series in 1996) and Shinjiro Hiyama (forty-four years and three months, Game 2 First Stage Climax Series in 2013) as the only players in NPB history over forty-two to record an RBI during the postseason. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/13/2014
  • The Fighters have been playing with an autographed Makoto Kaneko uniform in the dugout since Game 1. Dai-Kang Yoh wore the uniform during fielding practices before Kaneko's retirement game on the 1st. Source: Sanspo 10/13/2014

[10/12/2014] PL Climax Series: Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Oct.13, 2014 @ 5:32 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks thought they played Saturday's intra-squad game without an audience, but later learned it was streamed over Ustream. The players and coaches were not notified ahead of time. Source: Daily Sports 10/12/2014, Sponichi 10/12/2014 ... Over 9,000 watched the stream. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/12/2014 ... Sunday's game was not streamed. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/12/2014
  • Saturday's intra-squad game: Kenji Otonari, Shota Takeda, and Tadashi Settsu each threw two shutout innings. Kenichi Nakata gave up a run on three hits over three innings of work. Source: Sports Hochi 10/12/2014 ... Yuya Hasegawa (right ankle) was the starting designated hitter and batted fifth. He went 1-for-3 with an RBI. He will most likely be used as a pinch-hitter during the Final Stage. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/12/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes announced that they could postpone Monday's game to Tuesday, depending on the severity of Typhoon #19. Tickets will still be good if Game 3 takes place on Tuesday. Source: official announcement
  • Sunday's game drew 36,012 fans and set a new high for an Orix game at Kyocera Dome since 2005. The previous high of 35,982 was set earlier this year on June 1. Source: Sponichi 10/12/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • At twenty years and three months, Shohei Otani became the third youngest pitcher to record a Playoff/Climax Series win, behind Kimiyasu Kudo (nineteen years and five months) and Yu Darvish (twenty years and one month). Source: Sanspo 10/12/2014 ... Otani suffered a cut on his right ring finger while warming up in the bullpen before Saturday's game. Source: Daily Sports 10/12/2014 ... Otani could make it into Game 3 as a hitter. Source: Sponichi 10/12/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/12/2014

CS: Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 4 – Orix Buffaloes 6 (October 12, 2014)

by on Oct.12, 2014 @ 5:40 am, under Game Summaries, NPB, Postseason
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Nippon Ham Fighters vs Orix Buffaloes @ Kyocera Dome - 14:00
Starters: Uwasawa, Naoyuki (HAM) 8-8, 3.19 - Dickson, Brandon (ORI) 9-10, 3.33

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

Attendance: 36012 | Time: 3h32m | Series tied, 1-1-0

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[10/11/2014] PL Climax Series: Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Oct.12, 2014 @ 5:35 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Kenji Otonari pitched in an intra-squad game at YafuOku Dome on Saturday. He tossed two shutout innings in relief and gave up two hits. Source: Sports Hochi 10/11/2014, Sponichi 10/11/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/11/2014
  • Jason Standridge could get the Game 5 Climax Series Final Stage start. He is slated to pitch about five innings during an intra-squad game on Sunday. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/10/2014
  • Yuya Iida could start Game 6 of the Final Stage. Nao Higashihama is also a possibility. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/11/2014
  • The Hawks moved most of their players back to Fukuoka from Miyazaki because of poor weather due to Typhoon #19. They were going to have their Ichi-gun players stay sharp by participating in Phoenix League games over the weekend, but will instead have them play in intra-squad games at YafuOku Dome. Source: Daily Sports 10/10/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/10/2014 ... Ichi-gun players were scheduled to play in four Phoenix League games, but only managed one because of the weather. Source: Sports Hochi 10/10/2014
  • A parade to celebrate Softbank's first place finish is scheduled to take place on November 24. Source: Daily Sports 10/11/2014

Orix Buffaloes

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Hideki Kuriyama is planning to use Atsunori Inaba primarily as a bat off the bench during the postseason. Source: Daily Sports 10/10/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/10/2014
  • If the Fighters make it to the Final Stage of the Climax Series, Masaru Nakamura could get the Game 2 start. He was supposed to start a Phoenix League game on Thursday and pitch three to four innings, but was forced to instead toss about 100 pitches in the bullpen because the match-up was canceled due to rain. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/10/2014
  • Shohei Otani made the cover of Aera. The last NPB player to make the cover was Masahiro Tanaka in 2011; the last Fighter to make the cover was Yu Darvish in 2007. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/10/2014, Sponichi 10/10/2014 ... Otani threw about thirty pitches in the bullpen at Kyocera Dome on Friday. He also threw seventeen pitches off the mound on the field. Source: Sponichi 10/10/2014