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[9/2/2014] Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Sep.03, 2014 @ 2:04 am, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

  • Tomoya Mori appears to have won the job as Yusei Kikuchi's personal catcher for the rest of the season. Source: Daily Sports 9/2/2014
  • Makoto Aiuchi started a Ni-gun game against Yomiuri on August 31 and recorded a complete game victory (9 IP, 35 BF, 6 H, 2 BB, 9 SO, 1 ER). The Lions could give Aiuchi a start some time after the Lions complete a ten-game stretch that begins on the 2nd. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/2/2014 ... A start during the Rakuten series that begins on the 13th at Seibu Dome is a possibility. Other possibilities include: Nippon Ham series that begins on the 15th and the Softbank series that begins on the 19th, both at Seibu Dome. Source: Sports Hochi 9/2/2014
  • Hiroyuki Nakajima rumors: The Lions are interested in bringing Nakajima back to Saitama, if he decides to return to Japan next year. They could be willing to offer him three or more years. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/2/2014 ... The Lions see Nakajima as either a third baseman or shortstop. If he gets third, Takeya Nakamura and Ernesto Mejia could share first and DH, Hideto Asamura could take second, and a combination of Yuji Onizaki, Naoto Watanabe, and Kyohei Nagae could get starts at short. If Nakajima gets short, Mejia could take first and Nakamura third; or Yuji Kaneko could get second, Asamura third, and Nakamura and Mejia could share first and DH. Source: Sports Hochi 9/2/2014 ... Sponichi also mentions Seibu's interest in Nakajima. Source: Sponichi 9/2/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Tadashi Settsu threw sixty-nine pitches in the bullpen on Monday. He is slated to start Wednesday's game against Orix. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/2/2014
  • Yuichi Honda's wife gave birth to the couple's second child at a hospital in Fukuoka on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/2/2014
  • Head Coach Hiroshi Ogawa was admitted to a hospital in Fukuoka for one or more gallstones in his bile duct. Source: Sponichi 9/2/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Possible starters for the Softbank series that begins on the 2nd at YafuOku Dome: Takahiro Matsuba, Chihiro Kaneko, Yuki Nishi. All three pitchers worked out at YafuOku Dome on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/2/2014, Sports Hochi 9/2/2014
  • Orix old timer Kazuhiro "Punch" Sato was named Chief of Public Relations for the Saitama Musashi Heat Bears (Independent League). Source: Daily Sports 9/2/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani is slated to start Wednesday's game against Rakuten on seven days of rest. Source: Daily Sports 9/2/2014
  • Yuki Saito started a Ni-gun game against Seibu on Tuesday.  He gave up four runs (three earned) on eight hits over five innings of work. He faced twenty-five batters, threw ninety-nine pitches, walked four, and struck out four. Source: Sanspo 9/2/2014

Orix Buffaloes 4 – Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 4 (September 2, 2014)

by on Sep.02, 2014 @ 4:05 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Orix Buffaloes vs Softbank Hawks @ YafuOku Dome - 18:00
Starters: Matsuba, Takahiro (ORI) 7-1, 2.48 - Standridge, Jason (SOF) 10-5, 2.74

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Orix 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 12 1
Softbank 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 11 0

Attendance: 32591 | Time: 4h47m | Orix leads series, 9-8-1

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[9/1/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes

by on Sep.02, 2014 @ 1:29 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Kazuo Matsui has hit thirty-two NPB (23) + MLB (9) lead-off home runs over his career.  The twenty-three lead-off home runs in the NPB is good for sole possession of eighth on the all-time list in Japan. On Sunday, he became the first player to record a lead-off home run and a walk-off in the same game since Takayuki Shimizu on June 4, 2006. Source: Sports Hochi 9/1/2014 ... Shimizu recorded a walk-off sac fly. Matsui hit a walk-off single to center. The last player to record a lead-off home run and walk-off hit in the same game was Alonzo Powell on October 13, 1993. Source: Sonichi 9/1/2014 ... Matsui notched his 170th career modasho on Sunday. Source: Sanspo 9/1/2014

Seibu Lions

Orix Buffaloes

  • Hiroshi Moriwaki donated one million yen to Hiroshima landslide relief. Source: official announcement
  • The Buffaloes have dropped their last ten Sunday games. Yoshitaka Mizuo made twenty-five consecutive appearances in 1997 without allowing a run and set a franchise record. Motoki Higa tied the record on Sunday. Source: Sanspo 9/1/2014

[8/26/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Aug.27, 2014 @ 3:25 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Yuki Matsui set a new record by not surrendering a home run in his first 71.1 innings of work.  The previous record of 70.1 innings was set by Tsuneo Horiuchi in 1966.  The streak ended when he served up a home run to Seibu's Ernesto Mejia on Tuesday. Source: Sports Hochi 8/26/2014, Sponichi 8/26/2014
  • Rakuten staff surprised Kazuo Matsui with a small party on Tuesday to celebrate the milestone 2,500th career NPB+MLB hit he recorded on the 24th. Source: Sponichi 8/27/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Makoto Aiuchi could get a chance to make his Ichi-gun debut some time in early September.  The starting rotation currently includes Takayuki Kishi, Kazuhisa Makita, Ryoma Nogami, Yosuke Okamoto, Yusei Kikuchi, and Greg Reynolds.  There is a good chance Hirotaka Koishi will join the mix when the Lions begin a streak of ten games on September 2.  Reynolds gave up seven runs during his last outing.  If he fails to bounce back during his next start on the 30th, Aiuchi could slide in. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/26/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Tadashi Settsu threw forty-eight pitches in the bullpen on Monday in preparation for his next start on Wednesday against Nippon Ham. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/26/2014
  • The Hawks will wear their Kachidoki Red uniforms during thirteen home games between September 2 and 26.  They went 6-2 when they wore the uniforms for Taka-no Saiten 2014. Source: official announcement

Orix Buffaloes

  • Chihiro Kaneko's next start will most likely come on five days of rest on the 28th against Lotte.  After that, he could get a start on the 4th, during a three-game series against Softbank, after Takahiro Matsuba on the 2nd and Daiki Tomei on the 3rd. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/26/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Fighters hold an option to sign Michael Crotta to another contract for the 2015 season.  They will most likely exercise it. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/26/2014