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[9/22/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Sep.23, 2014 @ 5:39 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Spring camp in 2015 will take place at Kumejima for the eleventh year in a row. Source: official announcement
  • The Eagles are thinking about scheduling a retirement ceremony for Senichi Hoshino on their last day of the regular season (October 6). Source: Sports Hochi 9/23/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Takuya Toyoda could get the first start of his Ichi-gun career on the 25th against the Orix Buffaloes at Kyocera Dome. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/22/2014
  • Every hitter in the batting order struck out at least once during Sunday's game against the Softbank Hawks. It was the second time in franchise history every hitter in the batting order struck out at least once in a game. The other time: against Rakuten on September 1, 2009. Source: Sponichi 9/22/2014
  • Greg Reynolds left for the United States out of Narita Airport on Sunday. Source: Sanspo 9/22/2014
  • The media learned on Monday that former Seibu Lion Kazuhiro Kiyohara divorced his wife of fourteen years, Aki Kiyohara. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/22/2014, Daily Sports 9/22/2014, Sponichi 9/22/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

Softbank Hawks

  • Four pitchers combined to record strikeouts against every hitter in the batting order during Sunday's game against the Seibu Lions (nine hitters since there were no substitutions). It was the seventeenth time in NPB history one or more pitcher struck out every hitter in the batting order; and the third time in franchise history one or more pitcher struck out every hitter in the batting order. The other two times in franchise history: four pitchers against Nippon Ham on June 17, 1997 and one pitcher against Lotte on April 5, 2008. Source: Sponichi 9/22/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Everyone on the field will wear a special Atsunori Inaba uniforms during pre-game situational fielding practice on the day of Inaba's retirement ceremony. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/22/2014
  • There is a good chance Shohei Otani will make the Samurai Japan roster for the 2014 Suzuki All-Star Series. Source: Daily Sports 9/22/2014

[9/21/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Sep.22, 2014 @ 4:50 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles announced that they sold out of tickets for Sunday's game at 4:18pm. They set a new attendance record for a single game with 26,108 (the previous high of 25,372 was set on August 31, 2014). Sunday was their seventeenth sellout of the season. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/21/2014, official announcement (tickets), official announcement (attendance)

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions will finish the regular season with a losing record this year for the first time in seven years. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/21/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Nobuhiro Matsuda's wife gave birth to the couple's second child, a girl weighing 3,190 grams, at a hospital in Fukuoka on Saturday. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/21/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

[9/20/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Sep.21, 2014 @ 5:56 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • On Friday, Takahiro Norimoto became the sixth pitcher in NPB history to strike out all nine hitters in a line-up, first since Hisashi Iwakuma on September 1, 2009. The other four pitchers: Daisuke Matsuzaka on April 9, 2004; Kenshin Kawakami on May 20, 2005; Shota Oba on April 5, 2008; and Hideaki Wakui on April 24, 2009. Source: Sponichi 9/20/2014 ... One or more pitchers have combined to record strikeouts against all hitters in the line-up sixteen times in NPB history (fifteen in the Pacific League and once in the Central League). Of the six pitchers that recorded strikeouts against all nine hitters in a line-up by themselves, only Norimoto and Matsuzaka managed it in games where they also tossed a 1-0 shutout. Source: Sanspo 9/20/2014
  • Kodai Hamaya pitched in Ni-gun game against Seibu on Saturday. He started the game and tossed five shutout innings. He did not give up any hits and did not allow any base-runners the 2nd and 5th innings. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/20/2014
  • The Eagles are planning to offer forty-four-year-old Takash Saito a contract for the 2015 season. Source: Sponichi 9/20/2014
  • The Eagles hit 1,292,366 in season attendance on Saturday and set a new franchise record. The previous record of 1,281,087 was set last year. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/20/2014
  • The Eagles have an interest in Hiroyuki Nakajima. They have been keeping an eye on him since last year. Seibu, Hanshin, and Yokohama are also said to be interested in him. Source: Sanspo 9/20/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Tomoya Mori became the first rookie out of high school to hit five or more home runs in his first year in the NPB since Hideki Matsui hit eleven in 1993; and the first rookie out of high school in franchise history to hit five or more home runs in his first year in the NPB since Kazuhiro Kiyohara hit thirty-one in 1986. Source: Sanspo 9/20/2014
  • The organization and players will donate one million yen to Hiroshima landslide relief. Source: Sponichi 9/20/2014
  • The Lions held a community drive to collect baseball equipment for children in the Philippines between August 4 and 31. They provided a report of their efforts on Friday: 563 individuals donated 5,717 pieces of baseball equipment. Items included 564 bats, 483 gloves, 3,444 baseballs (1,560 donated by the Lions), 58 helmets, 83 pieces of catching equipment,  801 sports shoes, and 284 other kinds of various equipment. The items will be donated to the Philippines via the YMCA in Pangasinan. Source: Sponichi 9/19/2014, official announcement
  • The Lions are looking into Taiwan's Chun-Lin Kuo. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/20/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Ryota Igarashi pitched in his 700th career NPB (617) + MLB (83) game on Saturday. Source: Sports Hochi 9/20/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes will most likely offer Kei Igawa (35) a contract for the 2015 season. They believe he can still help the team win. Source: Daily Sports 9/20/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • All nine hitters in the line-up struck out at least once against Rakuten's Takahiro Norimoto on Friday. It was the fourth time in franchise history all nine hitters in the line-up struck out at least once in a game against one pitcher. Source: Sponichi 9/20/2014
  • Yuki Saito started a Ni-gun practice game against Shin Nittetsu Sumikin Kashima (Industrial League) on Saturday. He gave up a run on four hits over five innings of work. Source: Tokyo Sports 9/20/2014
  • The Fighters announced on Saturday that tickets to their final home game of the season on October 5 against Rakuten Eagles have sold out. Atsunori Inaba's retirement ceremony will also be taking place that day. Source: official announcement

General

  • All three games in the Pacific League on Saturday ended on walk-offs for the first time since May 6, 1993. The last time it happened in the Central League was on July 20, 2010. Source: Daily Sports 9/20/2014

[9/19/2014] Rakuten Eagles , Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Sep.20, 2014 @ 3:52 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Takahiro Norimoto set a new franchise record on Friday by recording his seventh shutout of the season. The previous record of six was set by Masahiro Tanaka in 2009. Norimoto is the first pitcher in the NPB to notch seven shutouts in a season since Masaki Saito recorded seven in 1989. The last Pacific League pitcher to record seven or more shutouts in a season was Keiji Suzuki with eight in 1978. Source: Sponichi 9/19/2014

Seibu Lions

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Lotte opened a special retirement section for Tomoya Satozaki at the official team web site. They also provided additional details Satozaki's retirement ceremony events on September 28. Source: official announcement
  • The Marines are reportedly getting ready to offer thirty-nine-year-old infielder Tadahito Iguchi a three-year deal worth an estimated total 400 to 500 million yen. Source: Sports Hochi 9/19/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Kenta Imamiya notched his sixtieth sac hit of the season on Thursday and became the first player in NPB history to record sixty or more sac hits in more than one season. Imamiya set a Pacific League record last year with sixty-two sac hits. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/19/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Fighters have informally decided to make Shohei Otani their opening pitcher for the First Stage of the Climax Series (assuming they make it that far). Until then, he will most likely get two more starts during the regular season: on the 21st against Rakuten at kobo Stadium and during a five-game stretch at Sapporo Dome that begins on the 27th. He could get a tune-up outing during the Phoenix League that begins on October 6. The First Stage of the Climax Series is scheduled to start on October 11. Source: Daily Sports 9/19/2014 ... If Otani starts game one of the First Stage of the Climax Series, it would allow him to start either game three or four of the Final Stage of the Climax Series on five or six days of rest. He could also be used as a position player for the first two games of the Final Stage of the Climax Series . Source: Nikkan Sports 9/19/2014

[9/19/2014] Seibu Lions: Takayuki Kishi earns domestic FA option

by on Sep.19, 2014 @ 7:34 pm, under NPB
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Takayuki Kishi (29) earned his domestic FA option today with eight years of service time on the active roster. Said Kishi, "I never thought I would make it this far. I want to thank the different people around me." When asked if he was going to exercise the option, he replied, "Not at all."

Kishi is currently in the first year of a three-year deal worth an estimated 1.2 billion yen.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/19/2014, Sponichi 9/19/2014