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[7/28/2015] Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jul.29, 2015 @ 8:13 am, under NPB
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Orix Buffaloes

  • Potential starters for the Rakuten series that begins on July 31: Yuki Nishi, Takahiro Matsuba, and Kazumasa Yoshida. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/28/2015
  • The Buffaloes are planning to send players to play winter ball in Puerto Rico. Source: Sports Hochi 7/28/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Fighters are planning to send Naoyuki Uwasawa to Ni-gun for an adjustment after he gave up three runs on five hits over 2.1 innings of work against the Orix Buffaloes on July 28. Source: Daily Sports 7/28/2015
  • Yuki Saito could get another shot to start an Ichi-gun game next month. Source: Sponichi 7/28/2015, Nikkan Sports 7/28/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Dae-Eun Rhee could return to starting rotation in time for a start against Seibu at QVC Marine on July 30. Source: Sponichi 7/28/2015
  • The Marines held a tryout for Cha-Seung Baek (35) at QVC Marine on July 28. He threw forty pitches in the bullpen and topped out at 142km/h. Lotte is planning to make a decision within a day or two. Source: Sports Hochi 7/28/2015, Sponichi 7/28/2015
  • Lotte has plans to install a larger main screen at QVC Marine after the current season (10.8 meters high and 28.8 meters wide). They also have plans to install two secondary screens in left and right (5.76 meters high and 20.16 meters wide). Construction will begin in November and end in February 2016. The total cost will be about 700 million yen. The city of Chiba and Lotte will foot the bill. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/28/2015, Daily Sports 7/28/2015, Sanspo 7/28/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles are thinking about adding Ikusei pitcher Tomohiro Umetsu to their seventy-man roster before the end of the month. Source: Sponichi 7/28/2015

[7/28/2015] Rakuten Eagles hit one million mark in attendance

by on Jul.28, 2015 @ 11:28 pm, under NPB
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The Rakuten Eagles hit the one million mark in attendance in their forty-fourth home game of the season. The one million in forty-four games set a new franchise record. The previous record of fifty games was set last year.

Date Opponent Venue Attendance
03/31 Tue Seibu kobo Stadium 26,267
04/02 Thu Seibu kobo Stadium 25,949
04/07 Tue Softbank kobo Stadium 23,014
04/08 Wed Softbank kobo Stadium 21,639
04/10 Fri Orix kobo Stadium 18,752
04/11 Sat Orix kobo Stadium 19,103
04/12 Sun Orix kobo Stadium 21,519
04/17 Fri Nippon Ham kobo Stadium 20,233
04/18 Sat Nippon Ham kobo Stadium 20,942
04/19 Sun Nippon Ham kobo Stadium 24,164
04/24 Fri Lotte kobo Stadium 22,790
04/25 Sat Lotte kobo Stadium 21,508
04/26 Sun Lotte kobo Stadium 21,197
05/01 Fri Seibu kobo Stadium 22,492
05/02 Sat Seibu kobo Stadium 23,653
05/03 Sun Seibu kobo Stadium 26,331
05/16 Sat Lotte kobo Stadium 20,126
05/17 Sun Lotte kobo Stadium 23,219
05/19 Tue Nippon Ham kobo Stadium 19,839
05/20 Wed Nippon Ham kobo Stadium 23,225
05/21 Thu Nippon Ham kobo Stadium 23,417
05/29 Fri Yomiuri kobo Stadium 24,380
05/30 Sat Yomiuri kobo Stadium 26,589
05/31 Sun Yomiuri kobo Stadium 26,465
06/09 Tue Yokohama kobo Stadium 18,501
06/10 Wed Yokohama kobo Stadium 21,872
06/11 Thu Yokohama kobo Stadium 20,463
06/12 Fri Chunichi kobo Stadium 17,443
06/13 Sat Chunichi kobo Stadium 23,189
06/14 Sun Chunichi kobo Stadium 24,734
06/23 Tue Orix Koriyama 13,574
06/24 Wed Orix Yamagata 18,220
06/26 Fri Softbank kobo Stadium 20,246
06/28 Sun Softbank kobo Stadium 22,805
07/03 Fri Nippon Ham Tokyo Dome 43,881
07/04 Sat Nippon Ham kobo Stadium 23,640
07/05 Sun Nippon Ham kobo Stadium 23,084
07/10 Fri Orix kobo Stadium 23,242
07/11 Sat Orix kobo Stadium 25,556
07/12 Sun Orix kobo Stadium 21,091
07/24 Fri Lotte kobo Stadium 23,855
07/25 Sat Lotte kobo Stadium 26,171
07/26 Sun Lotte kobo Stadium 23,713
07/28 Tue Softbank Akita 19,459
        1,001,552

[7/28/2015] Rakuten Eagles: Kazuo Matsui notches 2,000th career hit

by on Jul.28, 2015 @ 9:39 pm, under NPB
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Kazuo Matsui recorded the 2,000th hit of his career tonight during a game against the Softbank Hawks at Akita Stadium. The hit came in the 1st inning off Kenichi Nakata. He became the forty-sixth player in NPB history (second switch-hitter) to reach the milestone. The 2,000 hits in 1,742 games was sixth fastest among the forty-six players.

Other notes about the milestone:

  • Of the forty-six players that have recorded 2,000 hits, twenty-five were right-handed, nineteen left-handed, and two switch-hitters (Isao Shibata and Matsui).
  • Alex Ramirez (86 MLB hits and 2,017 NPB hits), Norihiro Nakamura (5 MLB hits and 2,101 NPB hits), and Matsui (615 MLB hits and 2,000 NPB hits) are the only players to reach 2,000 NPB hits with at least one MLB hit.
  • Among Japanese players with NPB and MLB hits, only Ichiro Suzuki (4,176) and Hideki Matsui (2,643 hits) have more combined hits than Matsui.
  • Matsui is one of six players in NPB history to record 2,000 hits and steal 350 bases.
  • Breakdown of hits for Matsui: zero hits in 487 games, one hit in 701 games, two hits in 381 games, three hits in 156 games, four hits in 15 games, five hits in two games.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/29/2015, Sponichi 7/29/2015

Road to 2,000 Hits

Hit Game # Date Opponent Pitcher Venue
1   04/09/1995 Nippon Ham Shibakusa, Hiroshi Lions Stadium
1,000 818 07/08/2001 Orix Tamura, Tsutomu Green Stadium
1,500 1233 07/26/2011 Softbank Houlton, Dennis Yahoo Dome
2,000 1742 07/28/2015 Softbank Nakata, Kenichi Akita Stadium

Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 5 – Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 1 (July 28, 2015)

by on Jul.28, 2015 @ 7:25 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Softbank Hawks vs Rakuten Eagles @ Komachi Stadium - 18:00
Starters: Nakata, Kenichi (SOF) 5-3, 3.46 - Norimoto, Takahiro (RAK) 6-7, 3.12

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

Attendance: 19459 | Time: 3h21m | Softbank leads series, 8-3-1

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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

Chiba Lotte Marines 10 – Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 0 (July 26, 2015)

by on Jul.26, 2015 @ 9:27 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Chiba Lotte Marines vs Rakuten Eagles @ kobo Stadium - 17:00
Starters: Omine, Yuta (LOT) 3-4, 3.28 - Kikuchi, Yasunori (RAK) 3-2, 3.21

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Lotte 0 0 1 0 1 5 1 2 0 10 12 0
Rakuten 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 1

Attendance: 23713 | Time: 3h0m | Rakuten leads series, 8-7-0

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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

Chiba Lotte Marines 7 – Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 4 (July 25, 2015)

by on Jul.25, 2015 @ 6:41 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Chiba Lotte Marines vs Rakuten Eagles @ kobo Stadium - 18:00
Starters: Karakawa, Yuki (LOT) 3-2, 6.70 - Karashima, Wataru (RAK) 3-3, 3.86

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Lotte 1 2 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 7 12 0
Rakuten 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 4 11 0

Attendance: 26171 | Time: 3h39m | Rakuten leads series, 8-6-0

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Chiba Lotte Marines 6 – Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 2 (July 24, 2015)

by on Jul.24, 2015 @ 9:44 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Chiba Lotte Marines vs Rakuten Eagles @ kobo Stadium - 18:00
Starters: Wakui, Hideaki (LOT) 6-7, 3.75 - Mima, Manabu (RAK) 2-6, 3.17

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

Attendance: 23855 | Time: 3h40m | Rakuten leads series, 8-5-0

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[7/23/2015] Seibu Lions, Nippon Ham Fighters, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jul.24, 2015 @ 9:40 am, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

  • The Lions added Ikusei infielder Daichi Mizuguchi to their seventy-man roster on July 23. His uniform number will change from 123 to 00 and his salary will be an estimated five million yen. Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 7/23/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Fighters gave up nineteen runs to the Eagles on July 22. It was the first time they allowed nineteen runs in a game since 2003 against Kintetsu. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/23/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • Kazuo Matsui is five away from 2,000 career hits. The modasho he recorded on July 22 was the 173rd of his career. Two more will put him in a sixth place tie on the all-time list with Kazuyoshi Tatsunami. Source: Sponichi 7/23/2015
  • The Eagles scored seventeen runs in the first three innings of a game against Nippon Ham on July 22. They scored five in the first, seven in the second, and five in the third. It was the first time a team scored five or more runs in the first three innings of a game since Daiei accomplished the feat against Orix on August 1, 2003 (seven runs in the first, eight runs in the second, and eight runs in the third). Source: Nikkan Sports 7/23/2015