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[9/24/2014] Injury Report: Yuji Nishino (Lotte), Keiichi Hirano (Orix)

by on Sep.25, 2014 @ 9:03 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Ryota Arai (lower back) took seventy-three swings during batting practice at Naruohama on Tuesday and hit three over the fence. He also took fielding practice at third base. Source: Sanspo 9/24/2014
  • Ryota Imanari (right side) started taking grounders at third base during workouts at Naruohama on Tuesday. The session lasted about twenty minutes. He told reporters he was at fifty to sixty percent. Source: Sanspo 9/24/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Toshiaki Imae suffered a bruise on his left calf while playing defense during Wednesday's game against Nippon Ham. Source: Sanspo 9/25/2014
  • Luis Cruz was removed from Wednesday's game against Nippon Ham when he hurt his left hand while playing defense in the 6th inning. He was examined at a hospital in Narashino, Chiba and diagnosed with a sprain in his left thumb. Source: official announcementSponichi 9/24/2014
  • Yuji Nishino complained of pain in his right shoulder. The Marines will monitor his condition to determine if he can pitch again before the end of the regular season. Source: Sponichi 9/24/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks announced on Wednesday that Shinsuke Tobo will undergo reconstructive surgery on the medial collateral ligament in his left elbow on Thursday. He will also undergo a procedure to transfer the ulnar nerve. He will remain in the hospital until the 29th and will likely require twelve months for a full recovery. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/24/2014

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[9/23/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Sep.24, 2014 @ 3:59 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Nine players, including Andruw Jones, have recorded 100 or more strikes and walks twelve times in NPB history. Jones is the first to record 100 or more strikeouts and walks in back-to-back seasons (2013, 2014). Source: Sponichi 9/23/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Craig Brazell had inguinal hernia surgery in the United States on July 30. He has been rehabbing since then, but is apparently no closer to being able to establish a time frame for his return. The Marines will most likely part ways with Brazell since they are not sure when he will be ready to play. Source: Sports Hochi 9/23/2014
  • The Marines are planning to part ways with Seth Greisinger. Greisinger had problems with his right shoulder and is planning to have surgery during the off-season. The veteran pitcher has reportedly told people around him that he will either return to Japan to play next year, or retire. Source: Sports Hochi 9/23/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks plan to send their everyday players to the Phoenix League in Miyazaki to keep them sharp if they finish the season in first place. They  may also be able to schedule practice games against other NPB teams in Miyazaki, like Hiroshima and Yomiuri. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/23/2014
  • Shota Takeda threw thirty pitches in the bullpen on Monday in preparation for his start on Thursday against Rakuten. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/23/2014
  • Probable starters for the four-game series against Rakuten that begins on the 23rd at YafuOku Dome: Kenji Otonari, Tadashi Settsu, Takeda, Kenichi Nakata. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/23/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Thirty-five-year-old Kei Igawa plans to continue playing in 2015. He is expected to sign a new contract with Orix. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/23/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Fighters do not plan on giving Yuki Saito a new uniform number, even though he may not deserve to keep the number eighteen based on performance alone. Source: Sports Hochi 9/23/2014
  • Snack maker Koikeya is planning to send Atsunori Inaba a shipment of potato chips as a retirement gift. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/23/2014

[9/20/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Sep.21, 2014 @ 5:56 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • On Friday, Takahiro Norimoto became the sixth pitcher in NPB history to strike out all nine hitters in a line-up, first since Hisashi Iwakuma on September 1, 2009. The other four pitchers: Daisuke Matsuzaka on April 9, 2004; Kenshin Kawakami on May 20, 2005; Shota Oba on April 5, 2008; and Hideaki Wakui on April 24, 2009. Source: Sponichi 9/20/2014 ... One or more pitchers have combined to record strikeouts against all hitters in the line-up sixteen times in NPB history (fifteen in the Pacific League and once in the Central League). Of the six pitchers that recorded strikeouts against all nine hitters in a line-up by themselves, only Norimoto and Matsuzaka managed it in games where they also tossed a 1-0 shutout. Source: Sanspo 9/20/2014
  • Kodai Hamaya pitched in Ni-gun game against Seibu on Saturday. He started the game and tossed five shutout innings. He did not give up any hits and did not allow any base-runners the 2nd and 5th innings. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/20/2014
  • The Eagles are planning to offer forty-four-year-old Takash Saito a contract for the 2015 season. Source: Sponichi 9/20/2014
  • The Eagles hit 1,292,366 in season attendance on Saturday and set a new franchise record. The previous record of 1,281,087 was set last year. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/20/2014
  • The Eagles have an interest in Hiroyuki Nakajima. They have been keeping an eye on him since last year. Seibu, Hanshin, and Yokohama are also said to be interested in him. Source: Sanspo 9/20/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Tomoya Mori became the first rookie out of high school to hit five or more home runs in his first year in the NPB since Hideki Matsui hit eleven in 1993; and the first rookie out of high school in franchise history to hit five or more home runs in his first year in the NPB since Kazuhiro Kiyohara hit thirty-one in 1986. Source: Sanspo 9/20/2014
  • The organization and players will donate one million yen to Hiroshima landslide relief. Source: Sponichi 9/20/2014
  • The Lions held a community drive to collect baseball equipment for children in the Philippines between August 4 and 31. They provided a report of their efforts on Friday: 563 individuals donated 5,717 pieces of baseball equipment. Items included 564 bats, 483 gloves, 3,444 baseballs (1,560 donated by the Lions), 58 helmets, 83 pieces of catching equipment,  801 sports shoes, and 284 other kinds of various equipment. The items will be donated to the Philippines via the YMCA in Pangasinan. Source: Sponichi 9/19/2014, official announcement
  • The Lions are looking into Taiwan's Chun-Lin Kuo. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/20/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Ryota Igarashi pitched in his 700th career NPB (617) + MLB (83) game on Saturday. Source: Sports Hochi 9/20/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes will most likely offer Kei Igawa (35) a contract for the 2015 season. They believe he can still help the team win. Source: Daily Sports 9/20/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • All nine hitters in the line-up struck out at least once against Rakuten's Takahiro Norimoto on Friday. It was the fourth time in franchise history all nine hitters in the line-up struck out at least once in a game against one pitcher. Source: Sponichi 9/20/2014
  • Yuki Saito started a Ni-gun practice game against Shin Nittetsu Sumikin Kashima (Industrial League) on Saturday. He gave up a run on four hits over five innings of work. Source: Tokyo Sports 9/20/2014
  • The Fighters announced on Saturday that tickets to their final home game of the season on October 5 against Rakuten Eagles have sold out. Atsunori Inaba's retirement ceremony will also be taking place that day. Source: official announcement

General

  • All three games in the Pacific League on Saturday ended on walk-offs for the first time since May 6, 1993. The last time it happened in the Central League was on July 20, 2010. Source: Daily Sports 9/20/2014

[9/18/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Sep.19, 2014 @ 2:53 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Andruw Jones became the fourth player in NPB history to record 100 or more walks in at least two consecutive seasons. The other three players: Sadaharu Oh (1963-1978), Hiromitsu Ochiai (1985-1986), and Hideki Matsui (1997-1998, 2000-2002). Source: Sponichi 9/18/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Tadahito Iguchi is not ready to retire and would like to continue playing in 2015. The Marines are interested in re-signing him (they feel he is a good influence on the younger players). Source: Daily Sports 9/18/2014, Sanspo 9/18/2014

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Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Fan Festival 2014 is scheduled to take place at Sapporo Dome on November 22. Source: Daily Sports 9/18/2014
  • Shohei Otani's next start will most likely come on the 21st against the Rakuten Eagles at kobo Stadium. Source: Daily Sports 9/18/2014
  • Atsunori Inaba recorded a pinch-hit home run on Wednesday at forty-two years and one month. It was the sixth pinch-hit home run of his career, first since August 7, 2005. The last player in the NPB over forty-two to record a pinch-hit home run was Tomoaki Kanemoto at forty-four years and five months on September 26, 2012; the last player in the Pacific League over forty-two to record a pinch-hit home run was Yasunori Oshima at forty-three years and eight months on June 25, 1994. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/18/2014