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[7/27/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Jul.28, 2014 @ 4:02 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Seventy-seven red roses from Masahiro Tanaka were waiting in the manager's office when Senichi Hoshino returned to the team on the 25th. Source: Sponichi 7/27/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Yuji Kaneko was removed from Saturday's game against the Chiba Lotte Marines after his at bat in the 8th because he was suffering from a mild case of heat sickness. Source: Sanspo 7/27/2014, Sponichi 7/27/2014
  • Tomoya Mori was added to the active roster on Sunday.  This will give the Lions another bat off the bench and a third catcher. Source: Sponichi 7/27/2014, Daily Sports 7/27/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Yuki Saito tossed a bullpen session on Sunday.  He is still slated to make his next Ichi-gun start on the 31st against Lotte at QVC Marine. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/27/2014

[7/27/2014] Seibu Lions announce decision to part ways with Cody Ransom

by on Jul.27, 2014 @ 9:47 pm, under NPB
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The Seibu Lions announced today that they will be parting ways with Cody Ransom.  He will be placed on waivers on Monday.

"He didn't really live up to our expectations.  We also wanted to give younger players a chance in August and September," said team official Haruhiko Suzuki.

Source: official announcement, Sponichi 7/27/2014, Sports Hochi 7/27/204

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2014 Stats

G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB HP SO GDP AVG OBP SLG
38 138 118 8 25 8 0 2 39 12 0 1 1 0 18 1 49 1 .212 .321 .331

[7/26/2014] Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Jul.27, 2014 @ 1:56 am, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

  • Hichori Morimoto's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a girl weighing 3,276 grams, at 9:34am on the 26th. Source: Sanspo 7/26/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Tsutomu Ito was tossed from Saturday's game against Seibu for using abusive language while arguing a call in the 6th -- he thought Shogo Akiyama struck out swinging on a ball in the dirt but the home plate umpire thought it was fouled off. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/26/2014 ... Ito on what happened: "I asked him to check with a base umpire.  I did not use abusive language.  I'm not sure why I was ejected." Source: Sponichi 7/26/2014 ... Ito also said that some of the sand he kicked might have hit the umpire.  He may have gotten tossed for saying, "I think something's wrong with you today."  Catcher Ryohei Kawamoto was warned after asking the umpire why the manager was ejected. Source: Sanspo 7/26/2014
  • The coaches gave Alfredo Despaigne a couple of options on how he wanted to proceed.  He decided to remain with the Ichi-gun team while he prepares for a possible debut on the 29th.  He will most likely not see any playing time at Ni-gun. Source: Sports Hochi 7/26/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Yuki Nishi's personal eight-game winning streak against the Softbank Hawks ended on Friday.  It was his first loss to the Hawks since August 4, 2011. Source: Sports Hochi 7/26/2014
  • Friday's game was the organization's 3,500th since they were transferred to Orix from Hankyu after the 1988 season. Source: Daily Sports 7/26/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Sho Nakata recorded the first grand slam of his career on Friday.  He became the franchise's eighty-first player to hit one of 160 grand slams.  Isao Harimoto leads all players in franchise history with seven career grand slams. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/26/2014

[7/24/2014] Injury Report: Kazuki Yoshimi (Chunichi), Hideki Okajima (Softbank)

by on Jul.24, 2014 @ 11:46 pm, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • Ryosuke Hirata (left ankle) took batting practice at Nagoya Stadium on Thursday.  He faced three different pitchers and recorded four could-be hits. He could play in his first rehab game some time before the end of the month. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2014
  • Kazuki Yoshimi was taken off the active roster on Thursday with some inflammation in his right elbow.  Yoshimi started feeling tightness in the elbow during his last start on the 23rd.  He was examined at a hospital on Thursday and diagnosed with inflammation.  There were no other abnormalities.  For now, the Dragons plan to skip him once in the starting rotation. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien missed Tuesday's game with pain in his left wrist.  He was examined at a hospital on Wednesday morning.  No abnormalities were found.  He still had some pain in the wrist, but was able to play on Wednesday and hit his first home run since May 31. Source: Sports Hochi 7/24/2014

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions took Yusei Kikuchi off the active roster on Thursday after he developed a blister on his left middle finger during a start on the 22nd. Source: Sanspo 7/24/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Hideki Okajima complained of discomfort in his calf after pre-game practices on Wednesday.  He was taken off the active roster on Thursday as a precaution. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2014 ... Okajima will be examined at a hospital on Friday. Source: Sports Hochi 7/24/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Chihiro Kaneko may have been taken off the active roster on Wednesday with tightness in his neck. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2014

[7/24/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Jul.24, 2014 @ 11:42 pm, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Senichi Hoshino arrived at kobo Stadium at 12:005pm on Thursday for practices. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2014 ... Tokyo Sports recap: Hoshino arrived at 12:06pm, team meeting began at 12:55pm, Hoshino appeared on the field at 1:10pm.  About fifty members of the media and eight TV cameras covered Hoshino's first day back. Source: Tokyo Sports 7/24/2014 ... Hoshino lost about seven kilograms after his back surgeries. Source: Daily Sports 7/24/2014
  • Wednesday's game against Seibu was Hiromoto Okubo's last game as interim manager.  The team went 8-9-0 under his leadership. ... Okubo will return to Ni-gun as manager.  Interim Ni-gun manager Tsutomu Sakai will go back to being Ni-gun chief pitching coach. Source: official announcement

Seibu Lions

  • Starters for the Lotte series that begins on Friday at Seibu Dome: Ryohei Fujiwara, Greg Reynolds, Takayuki Kishi. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2014
  • Hiroyuki Kobayashi's fastball averaged 145km/h during his one inning out on Wednesday against Ni-gun Lotte.  He topped out at 148km/h.  The Lions will most likely add Kobayashi to the active roster on Friday. Source: Sports Hochi 7/24/2014 ... Kobayashi joined the Ichi-gun pitchers for practices at Seibu Dome on Thursday. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2014
  • The Lions became the fifth team in NPB history to record five or more walk-off victories in one month: Hankyu (six in July 1955), Daimai (five in August 1959), Yomiuri (five in July 1968), Yakult (five in May 1993), Seibu (five in July 2014).  They also became the first team in the Pacific League to have five different players record a walk-off in one month. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2014, Sanspo 7/24/2014, Sponichi 7/24/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Kenji Otonari joined the Ichi-gun team for practices at YafuOku Dome on Thursday.  He is slated to start Sunday's game against Orix. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani signed an advisory staff contract with Asics. Source: official announcement
  • Yuki Saito's full line from Wednesday's Ni-gun start against Yokohama: 4.2 IP, 25 BF, 90 NP, 11 H, 3 HR, 2 SO, 1 BB, 8 R, 8 ER.
  • Old-time mascots Gyorotan and Fighty will make special appearances during the Legend Series 2014 at Sapporo Dome (August 21-24). Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2014

[7/23/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Jul.23, 2014 @ 11:53 pm, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Senichi Hoshino could re-join the Ichi-gun team for practices at kobo Stadium on Thursday. Source: Sports Hochi 7/23/2014 ... The Eagles announced on Wednesday that Hoshino will return on the 25th. Source: official announcement

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions picked up their fifth walk-off victory of the month  on Wednesday and set a new franchise record. Source: Sponichi 7/23/2014 ... The previous record of four was set in April 1961, September 1997, and September 2013. Source: Sponichi 7/13/2014
  • Hiroyuki Kobayashi pitched in a Ni-gun game against Lotte on Wednesday.  He gave up a run (unearned) on two hits over an inning of work. He could make the active roster in time for a Lotte game at Seibu Dome on the 25th. Source: Sports Hochi 7/23/2014, Sponichi 7/23/2014
  • Makoto Aiuchi started a Ni-gun game against Lotte on Wednesday.  He gave up a run on four hits and three walks over five innings of work.  He threw eighty pitches and struck out four. Source: Sanspo 7/23/2014, Tokyo Sports 7/23/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Hideaki Wakui will be called back to the Ichi-gun roster for a start on Saturday against the Seibu Lions at Seibu Dome due to a lack of arms.  Wakui did toss two shutout innings in a Ni-gun game against Seibu on Monday.  Yoshihisa Naruse will also return to the active roster in time for a start on Sunday against Seibu. Source: Sports Hochi 7/23/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes decided to part ways with Yuniesky Betancourt because he no longer fit into their plans after they were told he would require about four months for a full recovery from bunion surgery on both feet. Source: Daily Sports 7/23/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Yuki Saito started a Ni-gun game against Yokohama on Wednesday.  He gave up eight runs on eleven hits over 4.2 innings of work.  He is slated to start an Ichi-gun game on the 31st against Lotte at QVC Marine. Source: Tokyo Sports 7/23/2014, Sports Hochi 7/23/2014