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[9/2/2014] Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Sep.03, 2014 @ 2:04 am, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

  • Tomoya Mori appears to have won the job as Yusei Kikuchi's personal catcher for the rest of the season. Source: Daily Sports 9/2/2014
  • Makoto Aiuchi started a Ni-gun game against Yomiuri on August 31 and recorded a complete game victory (9 IP, 35 BF, 6 H, 2 BB, 9 SO, 1 ER). The Lions could give Aiuchi a start some time after the Lions complete a ten-game stretch that begins on the 2nd. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/2/2014 ... A start during the Rakuten series that begins on the 13th at Seibu Dome is a possibility. Other possibilities include: Nippon Ham series that begins on the 15th and the Softbank series that begins on the 19th, both at Seibu Dome. Source: Sports Hochi 9/2/2014
  • Hiroyuki Nakajima rumors: The Lions are interested in bringing Nakajima back to Saitama, if he decides to return to Japan next year. They could be willing to offer him three or more years. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/2/2014 ... The Lions see Nakajima as either a third baseman or shortstop. If he gets third, Takeya Nakamura and Ernesto Mejia could share first and DH, Hideto Asamura could take second, and a combination of Yuji Onizaki, Naoto Watanabe, and Kyohei Nagae could get starts at short. If Nakajima gets short, Mejia could take first and Nakamura third; or Yuji Kaneko could get second, Asamura third, and Nakamura and Mejia could share first and DH. Source: Sports Hochi 9/2/2014 ... Sponichi also mentions Seibu's interest in Nakajima. Source: Sponichi 9/2/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Tadashi Settsu threw sixty-nine pitches in the bullpen on Monday. He is slated to start Wednesday's game against Orix. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/2/2014
  • Yuichi Honda's wife gave birth to the couple's second child at a hospital in Fukuoka on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/2/2014
  • Head Coach Hiroshi Ogawa was admitted to a hospital in Fukuoka for one or more gallstones in his bile duct. Source: Sponichi 9/2/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Possible starters for the Softbank series that begins on the 2nd at YafuOku Dome: Takahiro Matsuba, Chihiro Kaneko, Yuki Nishi. All three pitchers worked out at YafuOku Dome on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/2/2014, Sports Hochi 9/2/2014
  • Orix old timer Kazuhiro "Punch" Sato was named Chief of Public Relations for the Saitama Musashi Heat Bears (Independent League). Source: Daily Sports 9/2/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani is slated to start Wednesday's game against Rakuten on seven days of rest. Source: Daily Sports 9/2/2014
  • Yuki Saito started a Ni-gun game against Seibu on Tuesday.  He gave up four runs (three earned) on eight hits over five innings of work. He faced twenty-five batters, threw ninety-nine pitches, walked four, and struck out four. Source: Sanspo 9/2/2014

[9/1/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes

by on Sep.02, 2014 @ 1:29 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Kazuo Matsui has hit thirty-two NPB (23) + MLB (9) lead-off home runs over his career.  The twenty-three lead-off home runs in the NPB is good for sole possession of eighth on the all-time list in Japan. On Sunday, he became the first player to record a lead-off home run and a walk-off in the same game since Takayuki Shimizu on June 4, 2006. Source: Sports Hochi 9/1/2014 ... Shimizu recorded a walk-off sac fly. Matsui hit a walk-off single to center. The last player to record a lead-off home run and walk-off hit in the same game was Alonzo Powell on October 13, 1993. Source: Sonichi 9/1/2014 ... Matsui notched his 170th career modasho on Sunday. Source: Sanspo 9/1/2014

Seibu Lions

Orix Buffaloes

  • Hiroshi Moriwaki donated one million yen to Hiroshima landslide relief. Source: official announcement
  • The Buffaloes have dropped their last ten Sunday games. Yoshitaka Mizuo made twenty-five consecutive appearances in 1997 without allowing a run and set a franchise record. Motoki Higa tied the record on Sunday. Source: Sanspo 9/1/2014

[8/30/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions

by on Aug.31, 2014 @ 3:41 am, under NPB, Roster Updates
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Rakuten Eagles

  • The new seating section at kobo Stadium opened on Saturday. Takahiro Norimoto and Yuki Matsui participated in the opening ceremonies and high-fived fans as they entered the stadium for the new section. Source: official announcementSponichi 8/30/2014 ... The new seating section helped the Eagles set a new attendance record: 25,308. Source: official announcement
  • Takaaki Yokoyama became the thirty-seven player in NPB history, eighteenth in Pacific League history, to record a victory on one pitch during Saturday's game against the Softbank Hawks. He also became: the sixth pitcher in NPB history, fourth in PL history, to record their first career victory on one pitch; and the first pitcher in NPB history to accomplish the feat in his first career appearance. Source: Daily Sports 8/30/2014Daily Sports 8/30/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Tomoya Mori was a member of the Sakai Big Boys when he first met Yusei Kikuchi in 2009.  His team visited Naruohama to watch Hanamaki Higashi practice during the Summer Koshien.  Kikuchi spoke to Mori and mused about the possibility of playing together in the pros some time in the future. Source: Sponichi 8/30/2014, Sports Hochi 8/30/2014

[8/28/2014] Seibu Lions, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Aug.29, 2014 @ 2:24 am, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

  • Possible starters for Orix series that begins on Friday at Seibu Dome: Yusei Kikuchi, Ryoma Nogami, Takayuki Kishi.  Greg Reynolds is slated to start a game on September 2 against Lotte at Seibu Dome. Source: Daily Sports 8/28/2014
  • Tomoya Mori is expected to make the starting line-up at catcher on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/28/2014, Sponichi 8/28/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Masaru Nakamura improved to 6-0 on Wednesday and became the first Nippon Ham pitcher to go 6-0 from the start of the season since Tomoya Yagi and Naoki Miyanishi in 2009.  The last right-handed Nippon Ham pitcher to go 6-0 from the start of the season, including games in relief, was when Satoru Kanemura went 7-0 before his first loss in 1998.  The last right-handed Nippon Ham pitcher to go 6-0 from the start of the season, excluding games in relief, was when Yukihiro Nishizaki went 7-0 before his first loss in 1996. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/28/2014