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[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

[7/22/2014] Injury Report: Wladimir Balentien (Yakult), Yusei Kikuchi (Seibu)

by on Jul.23, 2014 @ 3:18 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Yoshiyuki Kamei returned to the starting line-up on Monday for the first time in six games.  Kamei was apparently having problems with tightness in his right calf. Source: Sponichi 7/22/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka was not available to play on Tuesday because of tightness in his back. Source: Sports Hochi 7/22/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Kazuhiro Wada took an HBP off the left side of his head during Monday's game against Yokohama.  Tests at a hospital did not reveal any abnormalities.  He did participate in pre-game warm-ups on Tuesday, but did not take part in other workouts like batting practice.  Yokohama's Shun Yamaguchi briefly met with Wada before the game to apologize for the pitch he threw.  He did not play on Tuesday and instead rested.  He is considered day-to-day. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/22/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien did not play on Tuesday because of pain in his left wrist.  He tweaked the wrist during his first at bat on Monday.  He was available off the bench as a pinch-hitter.  He will be examined at a hospital on Wednesday as a precaution. Source: Sports Hochi 7/22/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/22/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Yusei Kikuchi left Tuesday's game against Rakuten after two innings because he developed a blister on his left middle finger. Source: Sponichi 7/22/2014

[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

[7/21/2014] Seibu Lions sign former Lotte, Hanshin Hiroyuki Kobayashi

by on Jul.21, 2014 @ 8:18 pm, under NPB
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The Seibu Lions announced today that they signed thirty-six-year-old pitcher Hiroyuki Kobayashi.  The Lions are planning to hold a press conference for Kobayashi on Tuesday.

Source: official announcement, Sponichi 7/21/2014

[UPDATE 7/22 @ 7:00pm]

Kobayashi agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated six million yen.  He was assigned the number fifty-two.

Source: Sponichi 7/22/2014

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2014 Stats (BC League)

Team ERA G W L S CG IP BF NP H HR SO BB HBP R ER WP BK
Shinano 1.26 26 2 1 1 0 28.2 120 440 28 0 21 6 1 12 4 2 0