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[9/13/2014] Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Sep.13, 2014 @ 11:51 pm, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

  • The Lions lost against the Rakuten Eagles on Saturday and fell sixteen games under .500 for the first time since 1979. Source: Sanspo 9/13/2014
  • The front office could offer Ernesto Mejia a multi-year contract. If they do, it will be their first mult-year contract offering to a foreign player since Alex Cabrera. For what its worth: Mejia is reportedly interested in playing in Japan next year. Source: Daily Sports 9/13/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Three unnamed MLB teams are reportedly interested in Wily Mo Pena. The Buffaloes would like Pena to return next season and are planning to open the lines of communication at an early stage. Source: Sanspo 9/13/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • CS channel GAORA will broadcast an eight-hour live program covering Atsunori Inaba's retirement ceremony on October 5. Coverage will begin at 2:30pm during pre-game workouts and end after the game and retirement ceremony at 10:30pm. Source: Sponichi 9/13/2014, Sports Hochi 9/13/2014 GAORA page

Orix Buffaloes 0 – Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 1 (September 13, 2014)

by on Sep.13, 2014 @ 4:05 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Orix Buffaloes vs Nippon Ham Fighters @ Sapporo Dome - 14:00
Starters: Tomei, Daiki (ORI) 5-6, 3.87 - Otani, Shohei (HAM) 10-4, 2.46

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

Attendance: 34675 | Time: 3h2m | Orix leads series, 11-10-0

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[9/12/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Sep.13, 2014 @ 1:53 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Loek Van Mil joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts on Friday. Source: Sports Hochi 9/12/2014
  • Takahiro Norimoto's start against Orix on Thursday was rained out. He is now slated to start Saturday's game against Seibu at Seibu Dome. After that, he could get a start on the 19th against Nippon Ham at kobo Stadium. Source: Sponichi 9/12/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Makoto Aiuchi joined the Ichi-gun team on for practices on Thursday. He is scheduled to start Saturday's game against Rakuten at Seibu Dome. Source: Daily Sports 9/12/2014 ... Tomoya Mori will most likely be the starting catcher on Saturday. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/12/2014
  • Forty-one-year-old pitcher Fumiya Nishiguchi is thinking about next season. He told Sports Hochi he was planning to play next year, but could not say anything definitive until after he sat down with the organization. He started the year at Ichi-gun and worked out of the bullpen until he was taken off the active roster in May with discomfort in his left side. Since resuming play at Ni-gun in August, he has gone 0-1 with save and a 2.35 ERA in six games. He is currently eighteen victories short of 200. The Lions will most likely offer the veteran a contract for 2015. Source: Sports Hochi 9/12/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Pitching coach Shinichi Kato is concerned Shota Takeda may have been tipping his pitches, particularly the curve, during Thursday's game against the Nippon Ham Fighters. Source: Sponichi 9/12/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Yuki Nishi's next start could come on thirteen days of rest. Nishi has pitched on ten or more days of rest twice this season. The Buffaloes have won both games. Source: Daily Sports 9/12/2014
  • Shinya Nakayama, Ryoichi Adachi, Shuhei Kojima, and Shunta Goto were named special tourism envoys to Gunma. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/12/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani is slated to start Saturday's game against Orix at Sapporo Dome on nine days of rest. He threw fifty pitches in the bullpen during pre-game practices on Thursday. Source: Sponichi 9/12/2014
  • Hideki Kuriyama recorded his 200th managerial victory on Thursday. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/12/2014

[9/11/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes

by on Sep.12, 2014 @ 1:30 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles will play their last game of the season at kobo Stadium (some time after October 5) because their game against Orix was rained out on Thursday. They were set to play their last game against Nippon Ham at Sapporo Dome on October 5. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/11/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Makoto Aiuchi joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts on Thursday. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/11/2014
  • The Lions raised 1,373,930 yen for the Japan Cancer Society through a charity auction they held in May that was a part of their Lions Happy Mother's Day event. The total also includes a portion of the sales of limited edition sweat bands worn by the players. Source: Sponichi 9/11/2014
  • The Lions also raised 282,000 yen for the World Food Programme through their WFP Walk the World in Seibu Dome event on May 31.

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The organization, coaches, and players' group will donate one million yen to Hiroshima landslide relief efforts. Source: Sponichi 9/11/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Tadashi Settsu is the first right-handed pitcher in franchise history to record at least ten victories in four consecutive seasons (2011-2014) since Kazumi Saito (2003-2006). Source: Nikkan Sports 9/11/2014
  • Nobuhiro Matsuda recorded the franchise's 8,000th home run on Wednesday. Yoshitaro Suzuki was responsible for the franchise's first home run on October 8, 1938. They are the fourth team to reach the 8,000 home run milestone, behind Yomiuri, Seibu, and Chunichi. Source: Sponichi 9/11/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Yuki Nishi's start on Thursday was rained out. His next chance will most likely come during a three-game series against Softbank that begins on the 16th at Kyocera Dome. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/11/2014

[9/10/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes

by on Sep.11, 2014 @ 3:11 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles recorded their second straight walk-off victory on Tuesday. It was the fourth time they won two consecutive games on walk-offs in franchise history, first since 2012 (August 25, 26). Source: Sports Hochi 9/10/2014

Seibu Lions

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Kazuya Fukuura recorded the twelfth walk-off (includes hits, walks, HBP, sac flies, ground outs) of his career. Twelve walk-offs is good for a fourth place tie with Yoshihiro Nakata, Yasuo Fujii, Yukio Tanaka, Norihiro Nakamura, Nobuhiko Matsunaka, and Kazuo Matsui. Katsuya Nomura is in first with twenty, Yoshinori Hirose in is in second with fifteen, and Kazuhiro Kiyohara is in third with thirteen. Note - Tuesday's list was for walk-off hits. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/10/2014
  • Naoya Masuda became the thirty-eighth player in NPB history (fifth in franchise history, first since Ken Yamasaki in 2005) to record a victory on one pitch on Tuesday. Four players have recorded one-pitch victories this season. Up until this year, there have never been more than three players: 2000, 2001, 2004, and 2007. Source: Sponichi 9/10/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Nobuhiro Matsuda's blast in the 4th inning of Wednesday's game against the Nippon Ham Fighters was the franchise's 8,000th home run. Source: Sanspo 9/10/2014, Sponichi 9/10/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Yoshio Itoi (left knee) did not participate in pre-game practices on Wednesday. He did not make the starting line-up, but was available to play. Source: Sanspo 9/10/2014
  • Chihiro Kaneko will most likely start Tuesday's game against Softbank next week. Source: Sports Hochi 9/10/2014
  • The Buffaloes are planning to offer forty-one-year-old Yoshitomo Tani a contract for the 2015 season. He was slowed down by a left foot injury during spring camp and later hurt his right shoulder. Team officials spoke to Tani in August and confirmed his desire to continue playing. He is currently seventy-seven hits away from 2,000. Source: Sponichi 9/10/2014

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

by on Sep.10, 2014 @ 2:06 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Takaaki Yokoyama will make the first start of his Ichi-gun career on Wednesday against the Orix Buffaloes at kobo Stadium. He threw about thirty pitches in the bullpen on Tuesday in preparation for the start. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/9/2014, Sponichi 9/9/2014
  • Andruw Jones hit a home run against the Orix Buffaloes on Monday and became just the second foreign player in franchise history to record at least twenty home runs in two consecutive seasons since Jose Fernandez (2006, 2007). Source: Sports Hochi 9/9/2014
  • Yuki Matsui became the eighth pitcher out of high school since 1966 to record 100 or more strikeouts in their first season. The other seven: Toshiaki Moriyasu (RHP) with 160 strikeouts in 1966, Keishi Suzuki (LHP) with 160 strikeouts in 1966, Tsuneo Horiuchi (RHP) with 117 strikeouts in 1966, Yutaka Enatsu (LHP) with 225 in 1967, Daisuke Matsuzaka (RHP) with 151 in 1999, Masahiro Tanaka (RHP) with 196 in 2007, and Shintaro Fujinami (RHP) with 125 in 2013. He also became the quickest to the milestone by recording his 100th strikeout in 85.1 innings. The previous record of 96.2 innings was held by Enatsu and Tanaka. Source: Sponichi 9/9/2014
  • Kazuo Matsui recorded the fifth walk-off home run of his career on Monday, first since September 24, 2012. It was also his second walk-off hit of the season, eleventh of his career, and first since August 31. The eleven walk-off hits are good for a sixth place tie with Yukio Tanaka in Pacific League history. The other five: Katsuya Nomura with nineteen, Yoshinori Hirose with fourteen, Kazuhiro Kiyohara with thirteen, Yasuo Fujii and Norihiro Nakamura with twelve. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/9/2014
  • The Eagles are reportedly interested in Hiroyuki Nakajima. Source: ZakZak 9/9/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Hideaki Wakui became the 168th pitcher in NPB history to reach the 1,500 innings pitched milestone on during Tuesday's game against the Seibu Lions. Source: Daily Sports 9/9/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/9/2014
  • The Marines tied a franchise record on Monday, last set in 1967 , with their third consecutive shutout loss at home. Source: Sponichi 9/9/2014 ... It was the eighth time overall the Marines were shutout three games in a row, first since 2006. Source: Sanspo 9/9/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Head coach Hiroshi Ogawa was hospitalized with gallstones in his bile duct. He was released on Monday. He is expected to rejoin the team on the 13th. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/9/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • The bruise on the top of Yoshio Itoi's left foot may have been the result of an HBP during a game against Nippon Ham on the 7th. He was in the dugout during Monday's game, but did not participate in pre-game practices. Source: Sports Hochi 9/9/2014 ... Itoi left Tuesday's game against Rakuten after he banged his left knee on the ground why attempting a diving catch in the 4th inning. Source: Sponichi 9/9/2014
  • The Buffaloes' 101-game winning streak in games with leads after the 7th inning ended during Monday's walk-off loss against the Rakuten Eagles. The streak began on May 28, 2013. Source: Sponichi 9/9/2014 ... Sixty-game winning streak this season. Source: Sanspo 9/9/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Masaru Nakamura picked up another win on Tuesday and became the first pitcher in franchise history to go on a seven-game winning streak from the start of the season as a starter since Yukihiro Nishizaki in 1996. Source: Sponichi 9/9/2014
  • The Fighters are planning to "temporarily retire" Atsunori Inaba's forty-one. Source: Sponichi 9/9/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/9/2014

[9/8/2014] Injury Report: Yoshio Itoi (Orix), Kan Otake (Yomiuri)

by on Sep.09, 2014 @ 1:59 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Kan Otake was taken off the active roster on Sunday with discomfort in his right shoulder. He could miss up to twenty days. Source: Sponichi 9/8/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Kosuke Fukudome missed another game on Sunday. He may have tweaked a hamstring. He did participate in pre-game practices, so the injury may not be serious. Source: Sanspo 9/8/2014
  • Ryota Arai (lower back) continued his rehab at the Naruohama facilities on Sunday. He played catch at a distance of about fifteen meters. Source: Sanspo 9/8/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Yoshio Itoi did not play in Monday's game against the Rakuten Eagles because of a bruise on the top of his left foot. It was the first game he missed this season. Source: Sponichi 9/8/2014