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[9/18/2014] Rakuten Eagles: Senichi Hoshino to step down after the season

by on Sep.18, 2014 @ 3:10 pm, under NPB
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According two at least two reports, Senichi Hoshino is planning to step down as manager after the season. A press conference is scheduled for later today at 5:00pm.

Hoshino signed a three-year deal before the start of the season, but required surgery in May to treat ossification of the yellow ligament and a lumbar disc herniation. He returned to work on July 25, but with health concerns still an issue, he felt it best to step down.

Source: Daily Sports 9/18/2014, Asahi Shimbun 9/18/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines 5 – Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 9 (September 18, 2014)

by on Sep.18, 2014 @ 5:22 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Chiba Lotte Marines vs Rakuten Eagles @ kobo Stadium - 18:00
Starters: Kimura, Yuta (LOT) 0-1, 5.81 - Yokoyama, Takaaki (RAK) 1-1, 5.06

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Lotte 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 5 7 2
Rakuten 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 5 X 9 11 0

Attendance: 16083 | Time: 3h13m | Rakuten leads series, 14-10-0

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Chiba Lotte Marines 1 – Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 2 (September 17, 2014)

by on Sep.17, 2014 @ 4:33 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Chiba Lotte Marines vs Rakuten Eagles @ kobo Stadium - 18:00
Starters: Omine, Yuta (LOT) 2-3, 3.65 - Shiomi, Takahiro (RAK) 6-6, 4.67

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

Attendance: 15971 | Time: 3h10m | Rakuten leads series, 13-10-0

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[9/16/2014] Rakuten, Seibu, Lotte, Softbank, Orix, Nippon Ham

by on Sep.17, 2014 @ 4:02 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles announced that Zach Lutz returned to the United States for tests on his right thumb. There is no timetable for his return. Lutz suffered a fracture in his right thumb when he was hit by a pitch on July 21. He played in a Ni-gun rehab game on the 4th, but re-injured the thumb. Lutz asked the Eagles if he could return to the US for additional tests because the swelling was not going away. Source: Daily Sports 9/16/2014, Sports Hochi 9/16/2014, Sponichi 9/16/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/16/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Yusei Kikuchi left Tuesday's game against Nippon Ham after five innings because he developed a blister on his left middle finger. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/16/2014
  • With sixteen games remaining (through Monday), the Lions will go with Tomoya Mori as their main catcher. Ginjiro Sumitani will continue to catch Takayuki Kishi. Source: Sponichi 9/16/2014
  • If Tetsuya Shiozaki is named the next Ichi-gun manager, the Loins could offer Norio Tanabe the open Ni-gun managerial job. Source: Sponichi 9/16/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Tomoya Satozaki's retirement ceremony will take place after an Orix game on the 28th. Source: official announcement
  • The Marines would like Alfredo Despaigne to return next season. Source: Sponichi 9/16/2014 ... Despaigne's upset stomach on Sunday was apparently the result from drinking, not eating, too much the night before. Source: Sanspo 9/16/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Probable starters for the Orix series that begins on the 16th at Kyocera Dome: Kenji Otonari, Tadashi Settsu, and Shota Takeda. Source: Daily Sports 9/16/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Kazumasa Yoshida was sent down to Ni-gun on Tuesday for a tune-up. He gave up five runs (all earned) on seven hits and five walks against Nippon Ham on Monday. Source: Sports Hochi 9/16/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Fighters have four players with twenty or more stolen bases this year (through Monday): Haruki Nishikawa with thirty-seven, Takuya Nakashima with twenty-five, Keiji Obiki with twenty-one, and Dai-Kang Yoh with twenty. The Fighters have carried four players with at least twenty stolen bases two other times in franchise history: 1948 (Jiro Kanayama with thirty-five, Makoto Kozuru with twenty-seven, Hiroshi Oshita with twenty-six, and Eikichi Nagamochi with twenty), and 1962 (Shoichi Busujima with twenty-seven, Katsutoyo Yoshida with twenty-six, Akio Saionji with twenty-four, and Isao Harimoto with twenty-three). The 2011 Softbank Hawks were the last team in the Pacific League with four players that had twenty or more stolen bases: Yuichi Honda with sixty, Munenori Kawasaki with thirty-one, Nobuhiro Matsuda with twenty-seven, and Shuhei Fukuda with twenty-two. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/16/2014
  • Shohei Otani's next start will most likely come on the 21st at kobo Stadium. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/16/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines 4 – Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 6 (September 16, 2014)

by on Sep.16, 2014 @ 4:03 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Chiba Lotte Marines vs Rakuten Eagles @ kobo Stadium - 18:00
Starters: Ishikawa, Ayumu (LOT) 8-7, 3.53 - Matsui, Yuki (RAK) 2-7, 4.11

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Lotte 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 8 2
Rakuten 1 0 0 3 2 0 0 0 X 6 11 1

Attendance: 16111 | Time: 2h59m | Rakuten leads series, 12-10-0

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[9/15/2014] Injury Report: Wladimir Balentien (Yakult), Kazuo Matsui (Rakuten)

by on Sep.16, 2014 @ 3:58 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Shinnosuke Abe fouled a pitch off his right ankle during an at bat in the 4th inning of Saturday's game against the Yokohama Bay Stars at Tokyo Dome. Abe was left out of the line-up on Sunday as a precaution. Source: Sanspo 9/15/2014, Daily Sports 9/15/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien will undergo tests on his left Achilles in the United States on the 30th. He will most likely leave the team for the US some time around the 25th. He should be okay for the start of next season, even if he requires surgery. Source: Sponichi 9/15/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • Kazuo Matsui was removed from Saturday's game against the Seibu Lions at Seibu Dome with pain in his lower back. He was feeling discomfort in his lower back during pre-game practices and was replaced after striking out in the top of the 1st as a precaution. Source: Sanspo 9/15/2014

[9/15/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Sep.16, 2014 @ 3:16 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Yuki Matsui will start Tuesday's game against Lotte at kobo Stadium. How well he pitches will determine whether he gets another start this season. Source: Sports Hochi 9/15/2014

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions could make an announcement about their new coaching staff for the 2015 season as early as October 4. Ni-gun manager Tetsuya Shiozaki is considered the front-runner for the managerial position. Source: Daily Sports 9/15/2014, Sports Hochi 9/15/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The Ni-gun Marines clinched first place in the Eastern League with a 5-4 victory over Seibu on Monday. Source: Sponichi 9/15/2014
  • Alfredo Despaigne was having stomach problems on Sunday morning. He took medicine and made it into the starting line-up against the Softbank Hawks at YafuOku Dome.  He hit three doubles during the game, but was replaced by a pinch-runner in the 9th because he felt nauseous. Source: Sanspo 9/15/2014, Sponichi 9/15/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Ni-gun Fighters lost to Yokohama 10-2 on Monday and sealed a last place finish in the Eastern League. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/15/2014
  • The Fighters received three Healthron units from the Hakuju Institute for Health Science. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/15/2014
  • The media learned on Monday that Samurai Japan contacted Atsunori Inaba about a job as a hitting coach for the 2014 Suzuki All-Star Series in November. Inaba participated in the 2013 Baseball Challenge games against Taiwan last November as an assistant hitting coach. "Hiroki Kokubo called me the other day and asked if I could help," said Inaba to reporters during pre-game workouts at Sapporo Dome on Monday. He continued, "I'm still a member [of Nippon Ham]. I spoke to people in the organization about it and they wanted me to go for it. That's where things are." An announcement could be made within the next couple of days. Source: Sports Hochi 9/15/2014, Daily Sports 9/15/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/15/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/15/2014

[9/14/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Sep.15, 2014 @ 4:21 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Kazuo Matsui left Sunday's game with discomfort in his lower back. He was pulled after he struck out in his first at bat in the top of the 1st. Source: Sports Hochi 9/14/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Ni-gun manager Tetsuya Shiozaki is the front-runner to take over as Ichi-gun manager next year. Former manager and current senior director Hisanobu Watanabe was rumored to be a candidate, but is not because the Lions want to keep him in the front office. Source: Sanspo 9/14/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/14/2014 ... Current interim manager Norio Tanabe is still an option as Ichi-gun manager next season. Source: Sports Hochi 9/14/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Tomoya Satozaki (38) filed marriage papers with a woman (40) on November 11, 2012. They held a wedding ceremony in Hawaii in December 2012. His wife gave birth to twin boys earlier this year on July 2. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/15/2014, Sponichi 9/15/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Yuito Mori appeared in his fiftieth game of the season on Saturday and became the first rookie to pitch in fifty games in his first year in the NPB since Tadashi Settsu in 2009. Source: Sanspo 9/14/2014
  • Ryota Igarashi set a new franchise record on Saturday by recording his forty-third hold point of the season. The previous high of forty-two was held by Settsu and Brian Falkenborg in 2010. Hirotoshi Masui set the Pacific League record of fifty in 2012. Takuya Asao set the NPB record of fifty-nine in 2010. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/14/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani could become the first player out of high to school to top 100 million yen in their third year since Daisuke Matsuzaka in 2001. Popularity is a factor when determining player salaries. Otani merchandise is ranked first in sales for the Fighters. He also attracts fans: in nine games at Sapporo Dome (pitching), he has averaged 29,989 in attendance. Through the September 13, the Fighters averaged 26,014 over fifty games. Otani tossed a 1-0 shutout against Orix on Saturday. He became the first pitcher out of high school in franchise history to record a 1-0 shutout victory within his first two years in the NPB since Toshiaki Moriyasu in 1967 (September 23). He also became the first pitcher out of high school to notch two shutout victories within his first two years in the NPB since Yu Darvish. Source: Sanspo 9/14/2014