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[4/23/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Apr.24, 2014 @ 12:52 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Yuki Matsui had another rough outing on Wednesday and will be sent down to Ni-gun on Thursday for additional instruction and work.  Control has been an issue for Matsui.  He walked twenty-three in 19.1 innings this year. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/23/2014
  • Andruw Jones notched the first walk-off home run of his NPB career in the 12th inning of Tuesday's game against Seibu.  The last Eagle to hit a walk-off home run was Kazuo Matsui on September 24, 2012 against Softbank in the 10th.  Jones was the first player in franchise history to hit a walk-off in the 12th. Source: Sponichi 4/23/2014 ... Jones joined Jose Fernandez (2006, 2008) and Randy Ruiz (2011) as the only foreign players in franchise history to hit walk-off home runs. Source: Sanspo 4/23/2014 ... Jones celebrated his thirty-seventh birthday on Wednesday.

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Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks turned a triple play (8-2-4) against Nippon Ham on Tuesday, their first since May 5, 1999 vs Orix.  It was the first triple play that went outfielder-catcher-infielder since Yomiuri turned one against Chunichi on August 9, 1997 -- center fielder Hideki Matsui to catcher Shinichi Murata to third baseman Pedro Castellano. Source: Sponichi 4/23/2014 ... It was the first time an OF-C-INF triple play was executed in the Pacific League. Source: Sports Hochi 4/23/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Rugby players Takuro Miuchi and Radike Samo are scheduled to participate in the ceremonial first pitch before a game against Rakuten at Kyocera Dome on the 25th. Source: official announcement
  • Yuki Nishi is the first pitcher in franchise history to start two seasons with four victories in four games (2011, 2014) since Hisashi Yamada (1976, 1978). Source: Nikkan Sports 4/23/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Hisashi Takeda (influenza) visited Tokyo Dome to provide coaches with an update with his progress.  He is scheduled to pitch in a Ni-gun three-game series against Yomiuri at Giants stadium that begins on the 25th. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/23/2014

[4/22/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Apr.23, 2014 @ 1:12 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Yuki Matsui threw about 100 pitches in the bullpen on Monday in preparation for his next start on Wednesday.  Matsui is trying to find stability in his mechanics by improving the way he uses his right foot.  He is also working on pitching from the set position. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/22/2014, Daily Sports 4/22/2014, Sports Hochi 4/22/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The Marines will begin giving away Monthly Best Hero Interview Awards.  Every month fans will have to a chance to vote for players that gave the best performances during their post-game hero interviews. Source: Sanspo 4/22/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/22/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks are planning to go with a seven-man rotation when they play a stretch of nine consecutive games during the Golden Week break (April 29-May 7).  The two that get added to the current mix of five could be Kazuyuki Hoashi (May 1 vs Orix at Hotto Motto) and Shota Oba (May 5 vs Nippon Ham at YafuOku Dome). Source: Sponichi 4/22/2014
  • Hayato Terahara threw sixty-two pitches in the bullpen on Monday in preparation for his next start on the 23rd. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/22/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Mamoru Kishida is slated to start a Ni-gun game against Softbank on Wednesday.  Kishida was taken off the active roster on the 17th because he was not needed in the rotation.  He could rejoin the Ichi-gun team for an upcoming Softbank series that begins on the 29th. Source: Sanspo 4/22/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Anthony Carter was introduced to the media during a press conference at Tokyo Dome on Tuesday. Source: official announcement
  • The Fighters sold over 20,000 advance tickets for an inter-league game against Hanshin at Sapporo Dome on May 31 in a little over a week.  The game is drawing attention from fans because it has been announced as a Players Special Game for Shohei Otani. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/22/2014, Sponichi 4/22/2014

[4/20/2014] Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes

by on Apr.20, 2014 @ 11:51 pm, under NPB
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Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Yuki Karakawa was taken off the active roster on Sunday after another rough start on Saturday.  In the three games he has started and lost this season, he has given up eighteen runs (all earned) on twenty-nine hits over 15.1 innings of work.  Karakawa will remain with the Ichi-gun team as he works through his issues.  He might get a chance to start a game on May 1 against Rakuten at kobo Stadium.  Takahiro Fujioka could get what would have been Karakawa's next start on the 26th against Nippon Ham at Sapporo Dome.  Ryoji Katsuki was called up to take his spot on the active roster. Source: Sanspo 4/20/2014, Daily Sports 4/20/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Yoshitomo Tani was taken off the active roster on Sunday because of his struggles at the plate (9 G, 2-for-16).  Source: Sanspo 4/20/2014

[4/16/2014] Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Apr.17, 2014 @ 12:27 am, under NPB
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Chiba Lotte Marines

  • At twenty-seven years and nine month, Hideaki Wakui became the youngest pitcher to record victories from all twelve NPB teams.  The previous record of twenty-eight years and eleven months was set by Yasutomo Kubo.  Source: Sanspo 4/16/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks became one of the first teams to win ten games in either league this season on Tuesday for the first time since 1995.  Source: Sponichi 4/16/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes became one of the first teams to win ten games in either league this season on Tuesday for the first time since 2000.  Source: Sponichi 4/16/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Fighters have decided to take 3rd round draft pick Hiromi Oka off the active roster to give him a chance to regroup and develop at Ni-gun.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/16/2014