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Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 3 – Orix Buffaloes 4 (July 22, 2014)

by on Jul.22, 2014 @ 4:04 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Nippon Ham Fighters vs Orix Buffaloes @ Kyocera Dome - 18:00
Starters: Nakamura, Masaru (HAM) 4-0, 3.05 - Matsuba, Takahiro (ORI) 5-1, 2.48

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

Attendance: 22896 | Time: 3h31m | Nippon Ham leads series, 8-6-0

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[7/21/2014] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Jul.22, 2014 @ 12:00 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Keizo Kawashima has been assigned the number thirty-five, Ryo Hidaka the number forty.  Kawashima will most likely play in a Ni-gun game against Orix at YafuOku Dome on the 25th.  His assignment will be decided based on how well he does during the game. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/21/2014 ... Hidaka could also pitch in the Ni-gun game on the 25th. Source: Sponichi 7/21/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Keiichi Hirano did not play on Monday because of pain in his right calf.  He is considered day-to-day. Source: Sanspo 7/21/2014
  • The Buffaloes were in Cuba between the 13th and 18th.  They met with officials from the Baseball Federation of Cuba and had a chance to see a number of players.  The organization does not plan on signing any players from Cuba this year, but are interested in possibilities for next season. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/21/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Dai-Kang Yoh left Monday's game early with tightness in the front of his left thigh.  He started feeling the tightness while running to first on a ground out to second in the 8th.  He was replaced on defense in the 8th. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/21/2014
  • Michel Abreu was scheduled to play in a Ni-gun game against Yokohama on Monday.  He was scratched from the game because he was not feeling well. Source: Sponichi 7/21/2014
  • Hideki Kuriyama is not planning to use Shohei Otani in the starting line-up (pitcher and position player) during the first series after the All-Star break.  He would like Otani fully prepared for what could be his next scheduled start on the 26th against Rakuten at kobo Stadium. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/21/2014 ... Otani's next two starts after the 26th could come on August 2 and 9. Source: Daily Sports 7/21/2014 ... Otani has a good chance of making the Samurai Japan roster. Source: Sponichi 7/21/2014
  • Yuki Saito could make his next Ichi-gun start on the 31st against Lotte at QVC Marine.  He is also slated to start a Ni-gun game on the 23rd against Yokohama at Kamagaya. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/21/2014

Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 3 – Orix Buffaloes 5 (July 21, 2014)

by on Jul.21, 2014 @ 4:04 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Nippon Ham Fighters vs Orix Buffaloes @ Kyocera Dome - 15:00
Starters: Mendoza, Luis (HAM) 4-8, 3.26 - Dickson, Brandon (ORI) 6-7, 3.38

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

Attendance: 26107 | Time: 3h12m | Nippon Ham leads series, 8-5-0

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[7/20/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Jul.20, 2014 @ 11:33 pm, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Yuki Matsui is slated to get another start on the 23rd against the Seibu Lions at Seibu Dome.  He threw thirty-three pitches in the bullpen on Sunday.  It will be his first start since June 19. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/20/2014
  • Manabu Mima threw about seventy pitches in the bullpen on Saturday. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/19/2014
  • The Eagles are setting up a new grass field (about 2,000 square meters) near the indoor practice facilities that should be ready for use in August.  The secondary field will be used by the Ichi-gun team for training and practice purposes.  It will also be used by the Eagles' baseball school. Source: official announcementNikkan Sports 7/20/2014, Sponichi 7/20/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Tomoya Mori got the chance to practice with the Ichi-gun team for two days, beginning on Saturday. Source: Daily Sports 7/20/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Kenji Otonari started a Ni-gun intra-squad game on Sunday.  He pitched five innings and gave up two runs on first hits.  He is slated to start an Ichi-gun game on the 27th against Orix at YafuOku Dome. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/20/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

[7/19/2014] Mazda All-Star Series 2014: Shohei Otani tops out at 162km/h

by on Jul.19, 2014 @ 9:41 pm, under NPB
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Shohei Otani's pitches from his one inning appearance in Game 2 of the All-Star Series at Koshien Stadium.

Takashi Toritani

2014 All-Star Game 2: Toritani vs Otani

Toritani vs Otani

  Pitch Velocity Result B S O
1 Fastball 161km/h strike looking 0 1 0
2 Fastball 162km/h foul 0 2 0
3 Fastball 159km/h foul 0 2 0
4 Fastball 160km/h hit - 1B7 0 2 0

Tetsuto Yamada

2014 All-Star Game 2: Yamada vs Otani

Yamada vs Otani

  Pitch Velocity Result B S O
1 Fastball 161km/h ball 1 0 0
2 Fastball 160km/h foul 1 1 0
3 Fastball 160km/h foul 1 2 0
4 Fastball 159km/h strikeout - Ks 1 3 1

Wladimir Balentien

2014 All-Star Game 2: Balentien vs Otani

2014 ASG2: Balentien vs Otani

  Pitch Velocity Result B S O
1 Fastball 160km/h ball 1 0 1
2 Fastball 158km/h strike swinging 1 1 1
3 Fastball 158km/h foul 1 2 1
4 Fastball 160km/h foul 1 2 1
5 Fastball 160km/h hit - 1B8 1 2 1

Matt Murton

2014 All-Star Game 2: Murton vs Otani

Murton vs Otani

  Pitch Velocity Result B S O
1 Fastball 161km/h ball 1 0 1
2 Fastball 159km/h foul 1 1 1
3 Slider 132km/h strike swinging 1 2 1
4 Fastball 161km/h ball 2 2 1
5 Fastball 159km/h foul 2 2 1
6 Slider 133km/h ball 3 2 1
7 Fastball 159km/h foul 3 2 1
8 Fastball 157km/h hit - 1B9 3 2 2

Shinnosuke Abe

2014 All-Star Game 2: Abe vs Otani

Abe vs Otani

  Pitch Velocity Result B S O
1 Fastball 162km/h ball 1 0 2
2 Fastball 159km/h ground out - G4 1 0 3


Note: Images and pitch data taken from Yahoo Sports

[7/17/2014] Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Jul.17, 2014 @ 11:53 pm, under NPB
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Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Some MLB scouts feel Alfredo Despaigne might have a hard time adjusting his swing to handle off-speed/breaking pitches. Tokyo Sports 7/17/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Hiroshi Moriwaki is in the second year of a two-year deal.  The Buffaloes see no reason to replace him after the season and are planning to sign him to an extension. Source: Sanspo 7/17/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani has not allowed a run over his last fifteen innings of work at stadiums in Hokkaido, other than Sapporo Dome (going back to last year). Source: Sanspo 7/17/2014 ... Outdoor vs Dome splits this season: seven games outdoors, 6-0, 0.88 ERA; eight games domed, 3-1, 3.74 ERA. Source: Sponichi 7/17/2014 ... Otani joined Atsushi Aramaki (1950; one loss), Hiroshi Maruko (1955; one loss), Kazuhisa Inao (1956; one loss), Tsuneo Horiuchi (1966; no losses), and Kunikazu Ogawa (1973-1974; one loss) as the only pitchers since the two-league format started to record their first twelve victories while losing one or no games. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/17/2014

[7/16/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Jul.17, 2014 @ 3:59 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Hiromoto Okubo is thinking about giving 1st round draft pick Yuki Matsui another chance at making the starting rotation after the All-Star break.  He could get a start during a Seibu series that begins on the 21st at Seibu Dome. Source: Sponichi 7/16/2014, Daily Sports 7/16/2014
  • On Tuesday, the Eagles almost became the fifth team to toss a no-hitter while allowing one or more runs, first since Kintetsu on May 13, 1964. Source: Sponichi 7/16/2014 ... The Eagles held the opposition to one hit on Tuesday for the sixth time in franchise history, first since June 30, 2013 against Orix. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/16/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Tsutsomu Ito told reporters after Tuesday's game that he was upset about Saburo getting hit in the 6th inning because the Hawks did not appear apologetic.  The fact that it was the fourth HBP in two games made it worse. Source: Daily Sports 7/16/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/16/2014 ... Incidentally, both teams have nine HBPs against each other through fourteen games so far this year (as of the end of Tuesday).
  • Alfredo Despaigne does not have a fear of flying. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/16/2014 ... The Marines would like Despaigne to arrive in Japan some time between the 26th and 28th. Source: Sports Hochi 7/16/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Kenji Otonari could get a start on the 27th against Orix at YafuOku Dome, depending on how well he does during a batting practice scrimmage on the 20th. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/16/2014
  • A number of team officials will visit Cuba to establish a presence. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/16/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes are heading into the All-Star break in first place for the first time since 1997. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/16/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani's streak of at least one strikeout an inning ended at twenty on Wednesday.  The franchise record of twenty-three was set by Isamu Kida in 1980. Source: Sports Hochi 7/16/2014
  • The Hiura Sisters (fashion models) are slated to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before a Ni-gun game against Yokohama at Kamagaya Stadium on the 21st. Source: Daily Sports 7/16/2014

Saitama Seibu Lions 1 – Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 3 (July 16, 2014)

by on Jul.16, 2014 @ 4:03 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Seibu Lions vs Nippon Ham Fighters @ Asahikawa "Starffin" Stadium - 18:00
Starters: Okamoto, Yosuke (SEI) 0-2, 6.75 - Otani, Shohei (HAM) 8-1, 2.35

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

Attendance: 20320 | Time: 3h28m | Nippon Ham leads series, 9-4-0

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[7/15/2014] Injury Report: Hector Luna (Chunichi), Sho Nakata (Nippon Ham)

by on Jul.16, 2014 @ 3:46 am, under NPB
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Hiroshima Carp

  • 1st round draft pick Daichi Osera took a batted ball off his left calf during the 4th inning of Monday's game against Yokohama.  He left the game after six full innings because the calf was beginning to tighten up. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/15/2014 ... Osera told reporters on Tuesday he felt better than he thought he would. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/15/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Yohei Oshima (right side) returned to practices on Tuesday.  He did not play catch or take batting practice in the cages.  He did field some grounders, work on his bunts, and hit some soft-toss batting practice. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/15/2014
  • Hector Luna was supposed to get an MRI for his right elbow, but turned it down because the machine made him uncomfortable (it was too small, it hurt his shoulder).  Luna wants for focus on treatment for the pain and inflammation so he can return to the active roster in ten days.  Head coach Shigekazu Mori told reporters doctors could not find any inflammation in his x-rays.  They decided to take Luna off the active roster because they had no solid leads on how long it might take for him to recover. Source: Sports Hochi 7/15/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • 1st round draft pick Ayumu Ishikawa's start was cut short on Monday because of a cramp near the base of his right thumb.  He experienced a similar cramp last year during the Industrial League Championships. Source: Sports Hochi 7/15/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Haruki Nishikawa hurt his right middle finger while returning to second base on a pick-off attempt in the 4th inning of Tuesday's game against Seibu.  He was removed from the game on defense in the 5th. Source: Sponichi 7/15/2014 ... Nishikawa was taken to a hospital and diagnosed with a sprain in the PIP joint of his right middle finger.  He is considered day-to-day. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/15/2014
  • Sho Nakata was left out of the starting line-up on Tuesday against Seibu because of left knee pain.  He was hit by a pitch on the knee during a game against Lotte on the 6th.  He has had problems with the knee since and was told by doctors to rest it. Source: Sports Hochi 7/15/2014 ... Nakata did make it into the game as a pinch-hitter in the 9th on Tuesday and flied out to right. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/15/2014

[7/15/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Jul.16, 2014 @ 3:23 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles swapped first and third base coaches before Tuesday's game against the Orix Buffaloes.  Outfield/first base coach Koichi Isobe moved to third and infield/third base coach Yasutomo Suzuki moved to first. Source: Sponichi 7/15/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/15/2014

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions have recorded four walk-off victories this month: vs Nippon Ham on July 2, vs Lotte on July 8, vs Orix on July 11, and vs Orix on July 13.  That tied the franchise record set in April 1961, September 1997, and September 2013. Source: Sanspo 7/14/2014, Sponichi 7/14/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Craig Brazell was hit in the head by a pitch on Monday.  He told reporters that he had been hit in the head three times in his life, twice in Japan. Source: Sanspo 7/15/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Jason Standridge hit three batters during the 3rd inning of Monday's game against Lotte (Daichi Suzuki, Toshiaki Imae, and Craig Brazell) and tied the NPB record for HBPs in one inning.  He became the eighth player in NPB history to hit three batters in one inning, first since Shinji Tajima on July 4, 2014; and the fifth player in Pacific League history, first since Takashi Ishii on April 17, 2004. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/15/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Fighters are planning to use Masaru Takeda out of the bullpen after the All-Star break because they only have one reliable left-handed reliever.  They also expect to have enough arms for the starting rotation. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/15/2014