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[7/22/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Jul.23, 2014 @ 3:03 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles are not sure where to place interim manager Hiromoto Okubo when Senichi Hoshino returns.  He could go back to managing at Ni-gun, or remain at Ichi-gun as a head coach. Source: Sports Hochi 7/22/2014 ... Okubo will most likely return to managing the Ni-gun team.  Ni-gun Ikusei coach Osamu Yonemura will most likely go back to Ichi-gun as outfield/base-running coach with Ichi-gun outfield/base-running coach Koichi Isobe going back to Ni-gun as an Ikusei coach. Source: Daily Sports 7/22/2014
  • Takashi Saito recorded his first victory of the year on Monday at the age of forty-four years and five months.  He joined Shinji Hamazaki, Kimiyasu Kudo, and Masahiro Yamamoto as the only pitchers in NPB history to win one or more games after turning forty-four.  He also became the first pitcher in NPB history to record a win, save, and hold after turning forty-four. Source: Sponichi 7/22/2014

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions held a press conference for Hiroyuki Kobayashi on Tuesday.  He was assigned the number fifty-two.  He agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated six million yen.  He is scheduled to pitch in a Ni-gun game against Lotte on the 23rd. Source: Sponichi 7/22/2014
  • Takeya Nakamura became the fifty-sixth player in NPB history to strike out for the 1,000th time during his at bat in the 5th inning against Rakuten on Monday. Source: Sponichi 7/22/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks held a press conference for Keizo Kawashima and Ryo Hidaka at YafuOku Dome on Tuesday. Source: official announcement

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes are looking into Kensuke Tanaka. Source: Sanspo 7/22/2014, Daily Sports 7/22/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/22/2014
  • When the Buffaloes visited Cuba, they reportedly gave provided a list of needs (areas they wanted to improve): a middle infielder with speed, a big pitcher, a home run hitter. Source: Sponichi 7/22/2014
  • The Buffaloes became the first team to win fifty games in either league on Monday.  It was the seventh time they accomplished the feat in franchise history: 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1984, 1995, and 2014. Source: Sanspo 7/22/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Michel Abreu (lower back) missed his first Ni-gun rehab game on Monday because he was feeling nauseous. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/22/2014 ... Abreu played in a Ni-gun rehab game on Tuesday.  He was the starting designated hitter and batted third.  He went 1-for-4. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/22/2014

[7/21/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines

by on Jul.22, 2014 @ 12:00 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Takashi Saito picked up his first victory of the season on Monday.  At forty-four years,  he broke his own franchise record for oldest player to record a victory. Source: Sponichi 7/21/2014
  • Senichi Hoshino could return to the dugout when the Eagles begin a series against the Nippon Ham Fighters on the 25th at kobo Stadium. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/21/2014, Sponichi 7/21/2014, Sponichi 7/21/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Tomoya Mori caught Yusei Kikuchi in the bullpen on Sunday. Source: Sanspo 7/21/2014
  • Makoto Aiuchi's six-month suspension for underaged drinking and smoking ended on Monday (July 21).  He will be allowed to wear the uniform again beginning on Tuesday. Source: Sports Hochi 7/21/2014 ... Aiuchi will celebrate his twentieth birthday on the 23rd.  He could start a Ni-gun game against Lotte on the same day. Source: Sports Hochi 7/21/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Alfredo Despaigne is slated to arrive in Japan on the 24th.  The organization will hold a press conference for him at QVC Marine on the same day.  He will most likely check-in with the Ichi-gun team on the following day (July 25). Source: Sanspo 7/21/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/21/2014 ... The Marines might special order meals for Despaigne from the same restaurant the Bay Stars and Giants get their Cuban food from.  They are also planning to prepare Cuban food in their cafeteria. Source: Sports Hochi 7/21/2014

[7/20/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Jul.20, 2014 @ 11:33 pm, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Yuki Matsui is slated to get another start on the 23rd against the Seibu Lions at Seibu Dome.  He threw thirty-three pitches in the bullpen on Sunday.  It will be his first start since June 19. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/20/2014
  • Manabu Mima threw about seventy pitches in the bullpen on Saturday. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/19/2014
  • The Eagles are setting up a new grass field (about 2,000 square meters) near the indoor practice facilities that should be ready for use in August.  The secondary field will be used by the Ichi-gun team for training and practice purposes.  It will also be used by the Eagles' baseball school. Source: official announcementNikkan Sports 7/20/2014, Sponichi 7/20/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Tomoya Mori got the chance to practice with the Ichi-gun team for two days, beginning on Saturday. Source: Daily Sports 7/20/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Kenji Otonari started a Ni-gun intra-squad game on Sunday.  He pitched five innings and gave up two runs on first hits.  He is slated to start an Ichi-gun game on the 27th against Orix at YafuOku Dome. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/20/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

[7/18/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes

by on Jul.18, 2014 @ 11:50 pm, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles will be selling the naming rights to Ni-gun games between August 22 and 24 for 30,000 yen. Source: official announcement ... The Eagles received about fifty applications when they ran the same promotion in April. Source: Sponichi 7/18/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Shunichi Nemoto will most likely be added to the active roster during the Softbank series that begins on the 21st at YafuOku Dome. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/18/2014
  • The Marines are designating the Mizuno billboard out toward left as a home run target worth one million yen to any right-handed batter that can hit it.  Left-handed batters will be given two million yen. FYI: the billboard is about 130 meters away from home plate. Source: Sponichi 7/18/2014, Sports Hochi 7/18/2014, Daily Sports 7/18/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks are planning to offer Koji Akiyama an extension for the 2015 season.  He is currently in the final year of a three-year deal.  If Akiyama returns next season, it will be his seventh. Source: Daily Sports 7/18/2014, Sponichi 7/18/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Chihiro Kaneko could earn his domestic FA option on August 14.  The Buffaloes do not want to lose him to free agency and could sit down with him at least once before the end of the season.  They also might offer him a three-year deal worth about one billion yen. Source: Sports Hochi 7/18/2014

[7/16/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Jul.17, 2014 @ 3:59 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Hiromoto Okubo is thinking about giving 1st round draft pick Yuki Matsui another chance at making the starting rotation after the All-Star break.  He could get a start during a Seibu series that begins on the 21st at Seibu Dome. Source: Sponichi 7/16/2014, Daily Sports 7/16/2014
  • On Tuesday, the Eagles almost became the fifth team to toss a no-hitter while allowing one or more runs, first since Kintetsu on May 13, 1964. Source: Sponichi 7/16/2014 ... The Eagles held the opposition to one hit on Tuesday for the sixth time in franchise history, first since June 30, 2013 against Orix. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/16/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Tsutsomu Ito told reporters after Tuesday's game that he was upset about Saburo getting hit in the 6th inning because the Hawks did not appear apologetic.  The fact that it was the fourth HBP in two games made it worse. Source: Daily Sports 7/16/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/16/2014 ... Incidentally, both teams have nine HBPs against each other through fourteen games so far this year (as of the end of Tuesday).
  • Alfredo Despaigne does not have a fear of flying. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/16/2014 ... The Marines would like Despaigne to arrive in Japan some time between the 26th and 28th. Source: Sports Hochi 7/16/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Kenji Otonari could get a start on the 27th against Orix at YafuOku Dome, depending on how well he does during a batting practice scrimmage on the 20th. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/16/2014
  • A number of team officials will visit Cuba to establish a presence. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/16/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes are heading into the All-Star break in first place for the first time since 1997. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/16/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani's streak of at least one strikeout an inning ended at twenty on Wednesday.  The franchise record of twenty-three was set by Isamu Kida in 1980. Source: Sports Hochi 7/16/2014
  • The Hiura Sisters (fashion models) are slated to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before a Ni-gun game against Yokohama at Kamagaya Stadium on the 21st. Source: Daily Sports 7/16/2014