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[7/28/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks

by on Jul.29, 2014 @ 1:19 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Yuki Matsui is scheduled to make his next start on Wednesday against Softbank at Yamagata. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/28/2014
  • The new section of 3,019 seats on the third base side at kobo Stadium will open on August 30.  Stadium seating capacity will max out at 28,736. Source: Sanspo 7/28/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/28/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Tsutomu Ito was issued a stern warning and a 100,000 yen fine by the commissioner's office for his ejection on the 26th.  Ito was tossed for using abusive/strong language during an argument with the home plate umpire. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/28/2014
  • There is a good chance Alfredo Despaigne will make his Ichi-gun debut on the 29th.  Designated hitter seems likely.  Despaigne took twenty-seven swings during batting practice on Sunday and hit five over the fence. Source: Daily Sports 7/28/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Yuya Iida threw seventy-four pitches in the bullpen on Monday.  He is scheduled to start Wednesday's game against Rakuten at Yamagata. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/28/2014

[7/27/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Jul.28, 2014 @ 4:02 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Seventy-seven red roses from Masahiro Tanaka were waiting in the manager's office when Senichi Hoshino returned to the team on the 25th. Source: Sponichi 7/27/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Yuji Kaneko was removed from Saturday's game against the Chiba Lotte Marines after his at bat in the 8th because he was suffering from a mild case of heat sickness. Source: Sanspo 7/27/2014, Sponichi 7/27/2014
  • Tomoya Mori was added to the active roster on Sunday.  This will give the Lions another bat off the bench and a third catcher. Source: Sponichi 7/27/2014, Daily Sports 7/27/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Yuki Saito tossed a bullpen session on Sunday.  He is still slated to make his next Ichi-gun start on the 31st against Lotte at QVC Marine. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/27/2014

[7/27/2014] Rakuten Eagles to sign twenty-eight-year-old infielder Nick Evans

by on Jul.27, 2014 @ 1:56 pm, under NPB
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The Rakuten Eagles are either in the process of finalizing, or have already finalized, a deal with twenty-eight-year-old infielder Nick Evans.  Reports out of the US indicate that a deal is done and in place.  The Eagles have yet to make an official announcement.

The Eagles started looking into Evans when they found out Zach Lutz suffered a fracture in his right thumb and might require about six weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/27/2014, Sports Hochi 7/27/2014, Sponichi 7/27/2014

[UPDATE @ 2:04pm]

Rakuten official Hiroshi Abei on negotiations: "Including necessary paperwork, we're at the medical examination stage so there's little I can say. ... We hope he can stay healthy.  Discussions have gone well."

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/27/2014

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Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 7 – Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 3 (July 27, 2014)

by on Jul.27, 2014 @ 4:04 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Nippon Ham Fighters vs Rakuten Eagles @ kobo Stadium - 17:00
Starters: Mendoza, Luis (HAM) 4-9, 3.56 - Norimoto, Takahiro (RAK) 9-5, 3.13

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nippon Ham 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 7 16 1
Rakuten 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 8 1

Attendance: 21038 | Time: 4h5m | Nippon Ham leads series, 8-7-0

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Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 2 – Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 3 (July 26, 2014)

by on Jul.26, 2014 @ 4:05 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Nippon Ham Fighters vs Rakuten Eagles @ kobo Stadium - 18:00
Starters: Otani, Shohei (HAM) 9-1, 2.23 - Karashima, Wataru (RAK) 6-9, 3.45

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

Attendance: 22193 | Time: 3h33m | Series tied, 7-7-0

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[7/25/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Jul.26, 2014 @ 3:11 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • About 100 employees (team staff, cheerleading team, other personnel) greeted Senichi Hoshino when he arrived at kobo Stadium on Friday. Source: Sponichi 7/25/2014
  • Outfield/base-running coach Koichi Isobe will remain at Ichi-gun for the time being. Source: Daily Sports 7/25/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Alfredo Despaigne took batting practice at Seibu Dome on Friday.  He swung the bat twenty-two times and hit seven over the fence.  He is hoping to make his Ichi-gun debut on the 29th. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/25/2014 ... Despaigne swung the bat at seventy-five percent.  He used a Hitoto Komazaki model bat. Sanspo 7/25/2014 ... Despaigne currently weighs 104 kilograms -- his ideal weight is between 100 and 104 kilograms.  His chest measure 113 centimeters, his arms 42 centimeters, and his thigh 68 centimeters.  His fat content is eighteen percent.  He told reporters he has no problems with flying and likes seafood.  He went out to dinner with Yomiuri's Frederich Cepeda and Yokohama's Yulieski Gourriel on Thursday.  He believes he can hit the Mizuho Bank billboard out in left. Source: Sponichi 7/25/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/25/2014, Daily Sports 7/25/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Newly added Keizo Kawashima and Ryo Hidaka played in Friday's a Ni-gun game against Orix at YafuOku Dome.  Kawashima got the start at third and batted second against Orix.  He went 3-for-4: RBI triple in the 3rd; single to right in the 4th; two-run single to right in the 7th.  Hidaka entered the game in the 7th and tossed two shutout innings and allowed two hits. Source: Sponichi 7/25/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Brandon Dickson will take Chihiro Kaneko's next start on the 27th against Softbank.  He will be making the start on five days of rest. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/25/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani is 9-1 in fifteen starts over 97.0 innings of work.  He can become the first pitcher out of high school in franchise history to win ten or more games and pitch in 100 or more innings in his second year since Yu Darvish in 2006.  A win on Saturday would make him the first Nippon Ham pitcher to go on an eight-game winning streak since Darvish in 2011.  He would also become the first Nippon Ham pitcher to go on an eight-game winning streak in his second year since Darvish in 2006. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/25/2014

Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 8 – Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 1 (July 25, 2014)

by on Jul.25, 2014 @ 4:03 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Nippon Ham Fighters vs Rakuten Eagles @ kobo Stadium - 18:00
Starters: Urano, Hiroshi (HAM) 3-2, 4.45 - Shiomi, Takahiro (RAK) 3-4, 5.83

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nippon Ham 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 2 1 8 12 0
Rakuten 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 1

Attendance: 22064 | Time: 3h18m | Nippon Ham leads series, 7-6-0

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[7/24/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Jul.24, 2014 @ 11:42 pm, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Senichi Hoshino arrived at kobo Stadium at 12:005pm on Thursday for practices. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2014 ... Tokyo Sports recap: Hoshino arrived at 12:06pm, team meeting began at 12:55pm, Hoshino appeared on the field at 1:10pm.  About fifty members of the media and eight TV cameras covered Hoshino's first day back. Source: Tokyo Sports 7/24/2014 ... Hoshino lost about seven kilograms after his back surgeries. Source: Daily Sports 7/24/2014
  • Wednesday's game against Seibu was Hiromoto Okubo's last game as interim manager.  The team went 8-9-0 under his leadership. ... Okubo will return to Ni-gun as manager.  Interim Ni-gun manager Tsutomu Sakai will go back to being Ni-gun chief pitching coach. Source: official announcement

Seibu Lions

  • Starters for the Lotte series that begins on Friday at Seibu Dome: Ryohei Fujiwara, Greg Reynolds, Takayuki Kishi. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2014
  • Hiroyuki Kobayashi's fastball averaged 145km/h during his one inning out on Wednesday against Ni-gun Lotte.  He topped out at 148km/h.  The Lions will most likely add Kobayashi to the active roster on Friday. Source: Sports Hochi 7/24/2014 ... Kobayashi joined the Ichi-gun pitchers for practices at Seibu Dome on Thursday. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2014
  • The Lions became the fifth team in NPB history to record five or more walk-off victories in one month: Hankyu (six in July 1955), Daimai (five in August 1959), Yomiuri (five in July 1968), Yakult (five in May 1993), Seibu (five in July 2014).  They also became the first team in the Pacific League to have five different players record a walk-off in one month. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2014, Sanspo 7/24/2014, Sponichi 7/24/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Kenji Otonari joined the Ichi-gun team for practices at YafuOku Dome on Thursday.  He is slated to start Sunday's game against Orix. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani signed an advisory staff contract with Asics. Source: official announcement
  • Yuki Saito's full line from Wednesday's Ni-gun start against Yokohama: 4.2 IP, 25 BF, 90 NP, 11 H, 3 HR, 2 SO, 1 BB, 8 R, 8 ER.
  • Old-time mascots Gyorotan and Fighty will make special appearances during the Legend Series 2014 at Sapporo Dome (August 21-24). Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2014

[7/23/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Jul.23, 2014 @ 11:53 pm, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Senichi Hoshino could re-join the Ichi-gun team for practices at kobo Stadium on Thursday. Source: Sports Hochi 7/23/2014 ... The Eagles announced on Wednesday that Hoshino will return on the 25th. Source: official announcement

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions picked up their fifth walk-off victory of the month  on Wednesday and set a new franchise record. Source: Sponichi 7/23/2014 ... The previous record of four was set in April 1961, September 1997, and September 2013. Source: Sponichi 7/13/2014
  • Hiroyuki Kobayashi pitched in a Ni-gun game against Lotte on Wednesday.  He gave up a run (unearned) on two hits over an inning of work. He could make the active roster in time for a Lotte game at Seibu Dome on the 25th. Source: Sports Hochi 7/23/2014, Sponichi 7/23/2014
  • Makoto Aiuchi started a Ni-gun game against Lotte on Wednesday.  He gave up a run on four hits and three walks over five innings of work.  He threw eighty pitches and struck out four. Source: Sanspo 7/23/2014, Tokyo Sports 7/23/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Hideaki Wakui will be called back to the Ichi-gun roster for a start on Saturday against the Seibu Lions at Seibu Dome due to a lack of arms.  Wakui did toss two shutout innings in a Ni-gun game against Seibu on Monday.  Yoshihisa Naruse will also return to the active roster in time for a start on Sunday against Seibu. Source: Sports Hochi 7/23/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes decided to part ways with Yuniesky Betancourt because he no longer fit into their plans after they were told he would require about four months for a full recovery from bunion surgery on both feet. Source: Daily Sports 7/23/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Yuki Saito started a Ni-gun game against Yokohama on Wednesday.  He gave up eight runs on eleven hits over 4.2 innings of work.  He is slated to start an Ichi-gun game on the 31st against Lotte at QVC Marine. Source: Tokyo Sports 7/23/2014, Sports Hochi 7/23/2014