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[7/27/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jul.28, 2015 @ 7:20 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Kimiyasu Kudo is worried about Dennis Sarfate's workload and is planning to use him sparingly for the time being. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/27/2015 ... Kudo gave Sarfate the night off on July 26. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/27/2015
  • The Hawks Taka-no Saiten winning streak ended at eleven games on July 26. Source: Sanspo 7/27/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes announced that they are going to add Ikusei pitcher Nobuyoshi Yamada to the seventy-man roster. His uniform number will change from 121 to 57. Source: official announcement

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Ni-gun game against Lotte: Yuki Saito started the game and gave up four runs on eleven hits over five innings of work. He gave up a two-run home run to Chad Huffman in the 3rd. He face twenty-five hitters, threw eighty-three pitches, walked none, and struck out two. This was his first start since April 24. Source: Daily Sports 7/26/2015, Nikkan Sports 7/26/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The Marines are looking for some pitching help. Nikkan Sports reported on July 26 that they were interested in twenty-three-year-old Carlos Perez, currently playing for the BC League's Fukushima Hopes. A report on July 27 mentioned that Lotte was leaning toward thirty-five-year-old pitcher Cha-Seung Baek (Musashi Heat Bears, BC League) because of his MLB experience and his one year in the Orix organization (2012). Source: Nikkan Sports 7/26/2015, Nikkan Sports 7/27/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles announced that they added Jeff Libengood to their staff as a conditioning adviser. He will be checking on players at all levels in the organization. Source: official announcement

[7/26/2015] Orix Buffaloes: Yoshihisa Hirano earns international FA option

by on Jul.26, 2015 @ 8:09 pm, under NPB
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Yoshihisa Hirano (31) earned his international FA option today with nine years of service time on the active roster. Hirano signed a three-year contract during the off-season and told the media at the time that he was not planning to exercise his international FA option once he earned it.

Source: Sponichi 7/26/2015

Orix Buffaloes 5 – Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 1 (July 26, 2015)

by on Jul.26, 2015 @ 9:27 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Orix Buffaloes vs Softbank Hawks @ YafuOku Dome - 13:00
Starters: Kondo, Kazuki (ORI) 1-0, 4.50 - Terahara, Hayato (SOF) 5-0, 1.62

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

Attendance: 38500 | Time: 3h59m | Softbank leads series, 11-5-0

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[7/25/2015] Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jul.26, 2015 @ 9:20 am, under NPB
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Orix Buffaloes

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani gave up two home runs to Seibu's Takeya Nakamura on July 24. It was the fourth time he surrendered two home runs in a game, first to the same hitter. Source: Sponichi 7/25/2015
  • Naoki Miyanishi's wife gave birth to the couple's second child, a boy weighing 3,250 grams, on July 24. Source: official announcement

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The Marines were reportedly close to trading Ikuhiro Kiyota to the Yakult Swallows for pitching help before the start of the season. The Swallows backed out at the last minute. Source: ZakZak 7/25/2015

Seibu Lions

  • Takeya Nakamura recorded the thirty-first multi-home run game of his career on July 24, second most in franchise history, behind Kazuhiro Kiyohara's thirty-six. Shogo Akiyama is in third with thirty. At thirty-one years and eleven months, Nakamura is the youngest player to hit fifteen grand slams. Sadaharu Oh recorded his fifteenth grand slam at thirty-seven years and ten months. Source: Sponichi 7/25/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles homered in three consecutive at bats on July 25 for the second time in franchise history. Gaby Sanchez, Tadashi Ishimine, and Mitsutaka Goto went back-to-back-to-back in the 4th inning off Lotte's Yuki Karakawa. The first time was on September 26, 2009 against Seibu at Seibu Dome (Fernando Seguignol, Todd Linden, and Jin Nakatani). Source: Daily Sports 7/25/2015

[7/24/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Chiba Lotte Marines

by on Jul.25, 2015 @ 5:35 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks are currently scheduled to play twenty-seven games in thirty days, including a stretch of nine straight, during the month of September. Source: Sports Hochi 7/24/2015 ... Softbank is also scheduled to play a stretch of seven straight in October. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • Through July 23, the Buffaloes were two long balls away from 8,000. Only four NPB teams have more than 8,000 home runs: Yomiuri (9,726), Seibu (8,466), Chunichi (8,352), and Softbank (8,093). Hiroshima (7,757) and Hanshin (7,621) trail Orix. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2015 ... Hiroyuki Nakajima hit a home run on July 24 to put the Buffaloes one away from 8,000. Source: Daily Sports 7/24/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Alfredo Despaigne joined Ichi-gun workouts in Sendai on July 24. He was eligible to return to the active roster, but Lotte decided to give him a little more time to rest. Source: Sports Hochi 7/24/2015, Daily Sports 7/24/2015
  • Dae-Eun Rhee is planning to serve his mandatory two-years in the Korean military after the 2016 season. Source: Sports Hochi 7/24/2015

[7/24/2015] Osaka Pro/Amateur Summer Tournament 2015

by on Jul.24, 2015 @ 10:00 am, under College, Industrial, NPB

Osaka announced that they will be hosting a summer tournament involving professional and amateur teams on July 23. Details are as follows:

Date August 21-23 (two games a day)
Venue Takatsuki Hagitani Baseball Stadium
Sponsored by Orix Baseball Club
Osaka Baseball Federation
Kansai6 Baseball League
Hanshin University Baseball League
Supported by Osaka Prefecture
Takatsuki City
Takatsuki Board of Education
Teams Orix Buffaloes (Farm)
Osaka Gas
Nihon Seimei
Osaka Shogyo University
Osaka Keizai University
Osaka Taiiku University
Game A tournament winner and a third place team will be decided.
Rain could shorten the tournament.
Rules 2015 general rules will apply. Other rules to be decided.
Ball Official NPB Baseball (Mizuno 20000)
Other Admission will be free
There will be no scheduled make-up dates
Parking will be limited, public transportation is recommended

The schedule will be released at a later date.

Source: official announcement

[7/22/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jul.23, 2015 @ 9:23 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Tadashi Settsu was taken off the active roster on July 22 because he is not scheduled to make another start for at least ten days. Source: Daily Sports 7/22/2015 ... By skipping Settsu once in the rotation, the Hawks will be able to give Kenichi Nakata a turn. Nakata's last start was rained out. Source: Sponichi 7/22/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • Brandon Dickson is slated to make his next start on July 24 against Softbank at YafuOku Dome. Source: Daily Sports 7/22/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Hiroshi Urano celebrated his twenty-sixth birthday on July 22 by giving up nine runs (all earned) on five hits and four walks over 1.1 innings of work against the Rakuten Eagles. The Fighters decided to demote Urano after the game. Source: Daily Sports 7/22/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Kota Futaki picked up his first professional victory on July 22 during a Ni-gun game against Rakuten. He started the game and gave up four runs on six hits over five innings of work. He threw seventy-seven pitches, faced twenty-two hitters, walked two, struck out six, and topped out at 142km/h. It was his nineteenth game of the year, sixth as a starter. Source: Daily Sports 7/22/2015, Sponichi 7/22/2015, Nikkan Sports 7/22/2015
  • Alfredo Despaigne returned to Japan on July 22. Source: Daily Sports 7/22/2015 ... Despaigne is scheduled to join the Ichi-gun team on July 24. Source: Sports Hochi 7/22/2015 ... Despaigne played in eight games during the Pan Am games in Toronto. He went 6-for-34 with three home runs and six RBI. He struck out eight times, walked twice, and scored five runs. Cuba won the bronze medal.

Rakuten Eagles

[7/21/2015] Chunichi Dragons become third team in NPB to play 10,000 games

by on Jul.22, 2015 @ 9:55 am, under NPB
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The Chunichi Dragons played their 10,000th game on July 21 and became the third team in the NPB to reach the milestone.

The chart below shows records for each of the three teams after they played their 10,000th game and the date they reached the milestone.

Team Games W L T Date
Hanshin 10,000 5,012 4,686 302 2015/07/03
Orix 10,000 4,978 4,676 346 2015/07/13
Chunichi 10,000 5,011 4,653 336 2015/07/22

The Yomiuri Giants are on track to reach 10,000 games this season as well. They are sitting on 9,988 (5,680-3,996-312) through July 21.