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[10/14/2014] Rumors: Yoshihisa Naruse (Lotte), Hitoshi Tamura (Yokohama)

by on Oct.15, 2014 @ 3:02 am, under NPB
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Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Hitoshi Tamura re-earned his FA option in August. He already spoke to the Bay Stars earlier this month and told them he was not planning to exercise the option. Tatsuhiko Kinjo also re-earned his option and will likely stay put. Masanori Hayashi is considering his options. Source: Sports Hochi 10/14/2014, Sponichi 10/14/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks could offer former Rakuten coaches Yoshinori Sato and Yasutomo Suzuki jobs on their coaching staff. Source: Daily Sports 10/14/2014
  • Atsuya Furuta and Kimiyasu Kudo could be among managerial candidates under consideration. Source: Sponichi 10/14/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Chihiro Kaneko and Yoshihisa Hirano refrained from making any sort of real comment on their FA options after Tuesday's loss. Takahiro Mahara and Tomotaka Sakaguchi also have options and have yet to make decisions on what to do with them. The Buffaloes are plannning to ask all four to return next year. Source: Sponichi 10/14/2014

[10/14/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes

by on Oct.15, 2014 @ 2:54 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • There were rumors the Eagles might try to offer Senichi Hoshino some sort of a position in the front office, but it seems he might be leaving the organization for good because he was not happy with how management was dragging things out with the hiring of his replacement. Source: Daily Sports 10/14/2014 ... Fall practices at kobo Stadium began on Tuesday. Hoshino made an appearance and addressed players on the field one last time. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/14/2014
  • The Eagles announced that they will not offer pitching coach Yoshinori Sato, infield/base coach Yasutomo Suzuki, and battery coach Takashi Miwa contracts for the 2015 season. Source: official announcement ... Sato and Suzuki are leaving because of the team's poor performance. Miwa has been offered a job in the front office. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/14/2014
  • Ni-gun chief pitching coach Tsutomu Sakai and Ni-gun pitching coach Hiroshi Takamura are expected to get promotions to Ichi-gun. Source: Sports Hochi 10/14/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Fall practices began at Seibu Dome on Tuesday. They are scheduled to end on November 4. Fall camp will take place in Nichinan, Miyazaki between November 6 and 20. Source: Daily Sports 10/14/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Keiichi Hirano was taken off the active roster on Tuesday with an injury to his right hamstring. Source: Sports Hochi 10/14/2014
  • There were no plans for Wily Mo Pena to leave Japan early. The Buffaloes are interested in signing Pena to a new contract and have already spoken to his agent once. Source: Daily Sports 10/14/2014
  • Monday's game was canceled because of Typhoon #19. The last domed stadium game that was canceled was between Lotte and Seibu at Seibu Dome on September 16, 2013 (typhoon). The last domed stadium postseason game that was canceled was between Chunichi and Seibu at Seibu Dome on October 20, 2004 (typhoon). Monday's cancellation at Kyocera Dome was the third in stadium history. The other two times: Orix vs Kintetsu on August 21, 2001 (typhoon); Seibu vs Kintetsu on September 7, 2004 (typhoon). Source: Nikkan Sports 10/14/2014

[10/14/2014] Orix Buffaloes 2015 Ni-gun Coaching Staff

by on Oct.14, 2014 @ 4:22 pm, under NPB
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Ni-gun Coaching Staff

Position Name JPN Name ENG Age Uni
Manager 岡本 哲司 Okamoto, Tetsuji 53 77
Pitching Coach 吉田 篤史 Yoshida, Atsushi 44 73
Pitching Coach 平井 正史 Hirai, Masafumi 39 72
Hitting Coach 大島 公一 Oshima, Koichi 47 76
Hitting Coach 下山 真二 Shimoyama, Shinji 38 74
OF/Base Coach 塩崎 真 Shiozaki, Makoto 41 86
INF/Base Coach 辻 竜太郎 Tsuji, Ryutaro 38 79
Battery Coach 鈴木 郁洋 Suzuki, Fumihiro 39 82


Source: official announcementNikkan Sports 10/14/2014

Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 2 – Orix Buffaloes 1 (October 14, 2014)

by on Oct.14, 2014 @ 4:00 am, under Game Summaries, NPB, Postseason
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Nippon Ham Fighters vs Orix Buffaloes @ Kyocera Dome - 18:00
Starters: Mendoza, Luis (HAM) 7-13, 3.89 - Nishi, Yuki (ORI) 12-10, 3.29

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Nippon Ham 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 9 1
Orix 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 1

Attendance: 32588 | Time: 4h17m | Nippon Ham leads series, 2-1-0

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[10/13/2014] Rumors: Brad Eldred, Deunte Heath, Wily Mo Pena

by on Oct.14, 2014 @ 1:14 am, under NPB
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Hiroshima Carp

  • The Carp would like to sign Eishin Soyogi (34) and Shogo Kimura (34) to contracts for the 2015 season. Deunte Heath (29), Brad Eldred (34), and Rainel Rosario (25) will likely return (Rosario will be in the second year of a four-year deal next season). Zach Phillips (28) might get asked back as a starter. Brian Bullington (34), Kam Mickolio (30), and Kila Ka'aihue (30) are still question marks. Source: Sports Hochi 10/13/2014 ... Hiroshima holds 2015 options on Ka'aihue and Phillips. Source: Daily Sports 10/13/2014 ... Eldred, Bullington, and Heath will be returning to the United States on the 14th. Hiroshima holds an option on Eldred for the 2015 season. Source: Daily Sports 10/13/2014
  • Katsuhiro Nagakawa (33) earned has an international FA option, but will likely return next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/13/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • According to Sanspo, the Buffaloes are planning to part ways with Wily Mo Pena and will shift their attention toward the talent pool in Cuba. Source: Sanspo 10/13/2014

[10/12/2014] PL Climax Series: Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Oct.13, 2014 @ 5:32 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks thought they played Saturday's intra-squad game without an audience, but later learned it was streamed over Ustream. The players and coaches were not notified ahead of time. Source: Daily Sports 10/12/2014, Sponichi 10/12/2014 ... Over 9,000 watched the stream. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/12/2014 ... Sunday's game was not streamed. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/12/2014
  • Saturday's intra-squad game: Kenji Otonari, Shota Takeda, and Tadashi Settsu each threw two shutout innings. Kenichi Nakata gave up a run on three hits over three innings of work. Source: Sports Hochi 10/12/2014 ... Yuya Hasegawa (right ankle) was the starting designated hitter and batted fifth. He went 1-for-3 with an RBI. He will most likely be used as a pinch-hitter during the Final Stage. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/12/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes announced that they could postpone Monday's game to Tuesday, depending on the severity of Typhoon #19. Tickets will still be good if Game 3 takes place on Tuesday. Source: official announcement
  • Sunday's game drew 36,012 fans and set a new high for an Orix game at Kyocera Dome since 2005. The previous high of 35,982 was set earlier this year on June 1. Source: Sponichi 10/12/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • At twenty years and three months, Shohei Otani became the third youngest pitcher to record a Playoff/Climax Series win, behind Kimiyasu Kudo (nineteen years and five months) and Yu Darvish (twenty years and one month). Source: Sanspo 10/12/2014 ... Otani suffered a cut on his right ring finger while warming up in the bullpen before Saturday's game. Source: Daily Sports 10/12/2014 ... Otani could make it into Game 3 as a hitter. Source: Sponichi 10/12/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/12/2014

[10/12/2014] Orix Buffaloes Injury Report: Wily Mo Pena, Keiichi Hirano

by on Oct.12, 2014 @ 10:21 pm, under NPB
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Wily Mo Pena was taken off the active roster today. The Buffaloes informed the media that Pena complained of pain in his right chest during practices on Friday. He was examined at a hospital in Kobe after Saturday's game and diagnosed with inflammation in the right pectoralis major. It is unknown how long it will take for a full recovery. He was not at the stadium on Sunday and was recuperating at home.

Since Pena was taken off the active roster, he will not be eligible to return until the 22nd, at the earliest. This means he will not be able to participate in the Final Stage of the Climax Series, if the Buffaloes advance.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/12/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/12/2014, Sponichi 10/12/2014, Daily Sports 10/12/2014


Keiichi Hirano left Sunday's game with tightness in his right hamstring. He started feeling the tightness after running out a grounder to second in the 1st inning. He was removed from the game on defense in the 2nd. He received ice treatment and did not go to the hospital. The Buffaloes will take a wait-and-see approach.

Source: Daily Sports 10/12/2014, Sponichi 10/12/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/12/2014

CS: Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 4 – Orix Buffaloes 6 (October 12, 2014)

by on Oct.12, 2014 @ 5:40 am, under Game Summaries, NPB, Postseason
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Nippon Ham Fighters vs Orix Buffaloes @ Kyocera Dome - 14:00
Starters: Uwasawa, Naoyuki (HAM) 8-8, 3.19 - Dickson, Brandon (ORI) 9-10, 3.33

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nippon Ham 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 4 10 0
Orix 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 3 X 6 5 1

Attendance: 36012 | Time: 3h32m | Series tied, 1-1-0

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[10/11/2014] PL Climax Series: Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Oct.12, 2014 @ 5:35 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Kenji Otonari pitched in an intra-squad game at YafuOku Dome on Saturday. He tossed two shutout innings in relief and gave up two hits. Source: Sports Hochi 10/11/2014, Sponichi 10/11/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/11/2014
  • Jason Standridge could get the Game 5 Climax Series Final Stage start. He is slated to pitch about five innings during an intra-squad game on Sunday. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/10/2014
  • Yuya Iida could start Game 6 of the Final Stage. Nao Higashihama is also a possibility. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/11/2014
  • The Hawks moved most of their players back to Fukuoka from Miyazaki because of poor weather due to Typhoon #19. They were going to have their Ichi-gun players stay sharp by participating in Phoenix League games over the weekend, but will instead have them play in intra-squad games at YafuOku Dome. Source: Daily Sports 10/10/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/10/2014 ... Ichi-gun players were scheduled to play in four Phoenix League games, but only managed one because of the weather. Source: Sports Hochi 10/10/2014
  • A parade to celebrate Softbank's first place finish is scheduled to take place on November 24. Source: Daily Sports 10/11/2014

Orix Buffaloes

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Hideki Kuriyama is planning to use Atsunori Inaba primarily as a bat off the bench during the postseason. Source: Daily Sports 10/10/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/10/2014
  • If the Fighters make it to the Final Stage of the Climax Series, Masaru Nakamura could get the Game 2 start. He was supposed to start a Phoenix League game on Thursday and pitch three to four innings, but was forced to instead toss about 100 pitches in the bullpen because the match-up was canceled due to rain. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/10/2014
  • Shohei Otani made the cover of Aera. The last NPB player to make the cover was Masahiro Tanaka in 2011; the last Fighter to make the cover was Yu Darvish in 2007. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/10/2014, Sponichi 10/10/2014 ... Otani threw about thirty pitches in the bullpen at Kyocera Dome on Friday. He also threw seventeen pitches off the mound on the field. Source: Sponichi 10/10/2014