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[4/8/2014] Injury Report: Shinnosuke Abe (Yomiuri), Takeya Nakamura (Seibu)

by on Apr.08, 2014 @ 11:53 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The bruise Shinnosuke Abe suffered when he took an HBP off his left calf on the 5th was apparently worse than originally diagnosed and may keep him out of the starting line-up for a little while.  Source: Daily Sports 4/8/2014 ... Abe could be available as a pinch-hitter.  Source: Sponichi 4/8/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Takeya Nakamura might not make it to the active roster until some during or after May.  Nakamura has suffered a couple of setbacks that have made it difficult for the Lions to set a timetable.  He was slowed by discomfort in his left side in February, appeared ready to return to action in March, only to begin complaining of back tightness.  He then got a fever.  As of now, he is still about two weeks away from swinging the bat a full strength.  Once he is able to take full swings, he will most likely need about two weeks of playing time at Ni-gun.  Source: Sponichi 4/8/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Wily Mo Pena was replaced by a pinch-runner as a precaution after he took an HBP off his left wrist in the 8th inning of tonight's game against Lotte.  He told reporters he should be okay for Wednesday's game.  Source: Sponichi 4/8/2014

[4/7/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Apr.08, 2014 @ 1:25 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • 1st round draft pick Yuki Matsui threw about sixty pitches in the bullpen on Monday.  He is expected to start a game on the 9th against Nippon Ham at Sapporo Dome.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/7/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Rookies recorded victories in consecutive games (4th round draft pick Shohei Yoshihara, relief, April 5 against Nippon Ham and 1st round draft pick Ayumi Ishikawa, complete game, April 6 against Nippon Ham) for the first time since 1998 (Soichi Fujita, relief, August 4 against Orix and Tsuneyuki Iso, complete game, August 5 against Orix).  Source: Sanspo 4/7/2014
  • Ishikawa was the first Lotte rookie to toss a complete game for his first victory since Yasutomo Kubo in 2005.  Source: Sponichi 4/7/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • 1st round draft pick Kazumasa Yoshida was taken off the active roster on Monday because there are no plans for him to pitch within the next ten days.  He will remain with the Ichi-gun team.  Source: Sponichi 4/7/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • 4th round draft pick Hirotoshi Takanashi started a Ni-gun game against Yokohama on Sunday.  He pitched five innings and gave up two runs (unearned) on two hits and four walks.  He faced twenty-one, threw eighty-six pitches, and struck out five.  Source: Sports Hochi 4/7/2014

[4/6/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Apr.06, 2014 @ 11:48 pm, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles handed out championship rings (valued at about one million yen per ring) to players and coaches during a pre-game ceremony on Saturday.  Masahiro Tanaka's ring will be on temporary display at a special booth near the front entrance of kobo Stadium.  Source: Sponichi 4/6/2014

Softbank Hawks

Orix Buffaloes

  • Wily Mo Pena picked up home run number six in the Buffaloes' eighth game of the season on Saturday.  He is the first player to hit six within the first eight games of the season since Tomoaki Kanemoto in 2009.  The last player in the Pacific League was Hiroki Kokubo with six home runs in the first six games of the season in 2000.  All six home runs Pena has hit have come off left-handed pitchers.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/6/2014
  • Brandon Dickson spent the offseason strengthening the muscles in his shoulders and lower body.  Source: Sponichi 4/6/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Masaru Takeda will be sent down to Ni-gun after giving up five runs (four earned) on four hits over five innings against Lotte on Sunday.  Source: Sponichi 4/6/2014

[4/5/2014] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Apr.05, 2014 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Dae-Ho Lee was taken to the hospital partway through workouts on Saturday because of pain in his left eye.  He was diagnosed with a small stye.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/5/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Chihiro Kaneko struck out a hitter in every inning of Friday's game against Seibu.  He joined Takao Kajimoto (three times), Mitsuhiro Adachi (two times), and Nobuyuki Hoshino (two times) as the only pitchers in franchise history to record strikeouts in every inning of a game two or more times over their careers.  The fourteen strikeouts he racked up over the course of the game set a new personal career high.  Source: Sponichi 4/5/2014
  • Wily Mo Pena has a tattoo of his wife's kiss mark on the left side of his neck, below the ear.  Source: Tokyo Sports 4/5/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Mitsuo Yoshikawa's next start will likely come on six days of rest against Seibu on the 11th.  Source: Daily Sports 4/5/2014

[4/3/2014] Rakuten, Seibu, Lotte, Softbank, Orix, Nippon Ham

by on Apr.04, 2014 @ 7:14 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • 1st round draft pick Yuki Matsui's next start will likely come on the 9th against Nippon Ham at Sapporo Dome.  Source: Daily Sports 4/3/2014 ... Matsui joined Takahiro Norimoto, Takahiro Shiomi, and Ryohei Isaka as the only pitchers in franchise history to start and pitch at least five innings in their first Ichi-gun starts.  Source: Sponichi 4/3/2014
  • Yudai Mori's next start could come on the 10th against Nippon Ham.  Source: Sponichi 4/4/2014
  • The Eagles were presented with the Nihon Shinbun Kyokai's Happy News Person Award.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/3/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Yosuke Okamoto's start on Thursday was rained out.  His last three scheduled starts have now been canceled because of rain (March 20 vs Ni-gun Rakuten and March 27 vs Ni-gun Yakult).  He is scheduled to get some work in as a reliever on Friday.  Source: Sanspo 4/3/2014Sanspo 4/4/2014
  • Haruki Ihara told reporters he would have used Hideaki Wakui as a closer if he stayed with the team.  Source: ZakZak 4/3/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Takahiro Fujioka's start on Thursday was canceled because of the rain.  It was the second time in as many years in which the first outing of his season was rained out.  Source: Sanspo 4/3/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Kenta Imamiya recorded the second walk-off hit of his career on Thursday.  Source: Sanspo 4/4/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes raised 452,000 yen by selling autographed baseballs during a rally party on March 11.  The money will be donated to relief and reconstruction efforts in Tohoku through the Japanese Red Cross Society  Source: official announcement

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Hiroshi Kisanuki was diagnosed with the flu.  Kisanuki had been working out at Ni-gun.  He felt sick on Wednesday and was tested at a hospital in Tokyo.  Source: Daily Sports 4/3/2014