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[6/28/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes

by on Jun.29, 2015 @ 2:57 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Akira Nakamura returned to practices on June 28 after missing a few days with a fever. He did not participate in batting practice and was not in the starting line-up against Rakuten. He is still not fully recovered from his fever. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/28/2015
  • The Hawks recorded their 800th victory on June 28. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/28/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • Yoshio Itoi missed the Lotte game on June 28 because of gastroenteritis. He was not feeling well in the morning and was taken to a hospital in Narashino, Chiba for an evaluation and treatment. He will be traveling with the team for the Nippon Ham road series. The Buffaloes are not planning to take him off the active roster for the time being. He missed practices on June 26, but was in the starting line-up for the Lotte game on June 27. Source: Daily Sports 6/28/2015, Sponichi 6/28/2015

[6/27/2015] Orix Buffaloes, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jun.28, 2015 @ 4:25 am, under NPB
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Orix Buffaloes

  • Daiki Tomei developed swollen tonsils and a fever on June 26. He was treated at a hospital in Kobe and taken off the active roster on June 27. Assuming no changes to the rotation, he would have made his next start on July 2 against Nippon Ham, but the Buffaloes felt the fever would not have given him enough time to prepare. Source: Daily Sports 6/27/2015

Seibu Lions

  • On June 26, Shogo Akiyama joined Makoto Shimada (August 1980) and Alex Ochoa (April 2005) as the only players in NPB history to record eight modashos in twenty or fewer games. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/27/2015 ... Akiyama joined Kazuo Matsui and Futoshi Nakanishi as the only players in franchise history to record eighteen or more modashos in a single season -- Matsui notched twenty-one in 1998, twenty in 2002, nineteen in 1997; and Futoshi Nakanishi eighteen in 1954 and 1955. Source: Sponichi 6/27/2015 ... Akiyama racked up his fortieth hit of the month on June 27 and became the first player in either league to record forty hits in consecutive months since Ichiro Suzuki in May and June 1994. Source: Sanspo 6/27/2015, Nikkan Sports 6/27/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • Sixth round draft pick Masashi Kato joined the Ichi-gun team for practices on June 27. The Eagles are expected to add him to the active roster on June 28. Source: Sports Hochi 6/27/2015

[6/26/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jun.27, 2015 @ 4:05 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Akira Nakamura missed the Rakuten game on June 26 with a fever. He traveled to Sendai with the team from Omiya and was taken to the hospital for an evaluation. He was then sent to the team hotel for rest. It might take two or three days for a full recovery. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/26/2015, Sanspo 6/26/2015
  • Hayato Terahara joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts on June 26. He threw thirty-six pitches in the bullpen. He could get a start on June 28 against Rakuten. Source: Daily Sports 6/26/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • Tatsuya Sato threw about thirty pitches in the bullpen during Ichi-gun practices on June 25. He could be added to the active roster on June 27. Source: Sanspo 6/26/2015
  • Alex Ramirez worked with Orix players on June 26 for the first time since he joined the staff as a roving advisor. Source: Sanspo 6/26/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani tossed his second shutout of the season on June 24 and struck out eleven. He became the first Fighter to record a shutout with at least ten strikeouts since Yu Darvish tossed a shutout and struck out fifteen against Seibu on October 11, 2011. The shutout gave Otani nine victories and made him the first Fighter to win nine games before the end of June since Darvish in 2011. Source: Sanspo 6/25/2015 ... Otani picked up his first victory against Lotte on June 24. He has recorded wins against nine different teams, other than Yomiuri and Yakult. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/25/2015 ... Kuriyama might bench Otani against pitchers he struggles against. For example, against Seibu, Kuriyama could sit Otani when Ken Togame (0-for-6 with five strikeouts) and Yusei Kikuchi (difficulty hitting left-handed pitchers) start games. "It's something to think about with that kind of hitting. I think it's best to look at the numbers realistically. Afterall, we're already halfway through [the season]. ... We're not doing this so he can do two things (hit and pitch). We're doing this to win," said Kuriyama. Source: Sponichi 6/26/2015, Daily Sports 6/26/2015, Nikkan Sports 6/26/2015

Seibu Lions

  • Shogo Akiyama notched his seventh modasho in the month of June and became the third Seibu player to record at least seven modashos in one month. The other two: Kazuhiro Wada with eight and Tatsuya Kozeki with seven in August 2002. Source: Sanspo 6/25/2015 ... Akiyama recorded his eighth modasho of the month on June 26 and tied the NPB record, held by nine other players (since the start of the two-league format). Source: Sponichi 6/25/2015

Rakuten Eagles

[6/22/2015] Orix Buffaloes reach agreement with Johermyn Chavez

by on Jun.22, 2015 @ 6:43 pm, under NPB
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The Orix Buffaloes announced today that they reached an agreement with twenty-six-year-old outfielder Johermyn Jose Chavez. He was assigned the uniform number 98. According to some media reports, the two sides agreed to a salary worth an estimated 4.2 million yen.

The Buffaloes also announced that Alex Ramirez will be joining their staff as a roving adviser. He will continue to work with Gunma as their senior director.

Source: official announcement (Orix), official announcement (Gunma), Sports Hochi 6/22/2015, Jiji Press 6/22/2015

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[6/21/2015] Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions

by on Jun.22, 2015 @ 12:20 pm, under NPB
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Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes suffered a 14-0 shutout loss at the hands of the Lions on June 20. It was their first double-digit shutout loss since September 7, 2013 (12-0 vs Softbank). The last time they gave up fourteen or more runs in a shutout loss was on July 6, 1994 (17-0 vs Seibu). Source: Sponichi 6/21/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Mitch Lively threw thirty-five pitches in the bullpen on June 20. Hideki Kuriyama watched over the session. Source: Daily Sports 6/20/2015 ... Lively could get called up in time for the Seibu series that begins on June 26. Source: Sponichi 6/20/2015
  • Through June 19, Sho Nakata and Shohei Otani have been made the starting line-up in the same game and have been held hitless sixteen times: seven games in 2013, five games in 2014, and four games in 2015. The Fighters have only managed to win one of those sixteen games (6-1 against Seibu on April 8, 2015). Source: Nikkan Sports 6/20/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Second round draft pick Eisuke Tanaka is currently the NPB's scheduled starter for the exhibition game against the Samurai Japan university team on June 29. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/20/2015

Seibu Lions

  • Through June 22, Shogo Akiyama recorded five modashos in April, five in May, and six in June. He became the first player to record five or more modasho in three consecutive months since Alex Ramirez in 2007 (five in July, six in August, and six in September). He also became the first Seibu player to record fifteen or more modasho since Takumi Kuriyama notched sixteen in 2011. Source: Sanspo 6/21/2015