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[8/26/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Aug.27, 2014 @ 3:25 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Yuki Matsui set a new record by not surrendering a home run in his first 71.1 innings of work.  The previous record of 70.1 innings was set by Tsuneo Horiuchi in 1966.  The streak ended when he served up a home run to Seibu's Ernesto Mejia on Tuesday. Source: Sports Hochi 8/26/2014, Sponichi 8/26/2014
  • Rakuten staff surprised Kazuo Matsui with a small party on Tuesday to celebrate the milestone 2,500th career NPB+MLB hit he recorded on the 24th. Source: Sponichi 8/27/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Makoto Aiuchi could get a chance to make his Ichi-gun debut some time in early September.  The starting rotation currently includes Takayuki Kishi, Kazuhisa Makita, Ryoma Nogami, Yosuke Okamoto, Yusei Kikuchi, and Greg Reynolds.  There is a good chance Hirotaka Koishi will join the mix when the Lions begin a streak of ten games on September 2.  Reynolds gave up seven runs during his last outing.  If he fails to bounce back during his next start on the 30th, Aiuchi could slide in. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/26/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Tadashi Settsu threw forty-eight pitches in the bullpen on Monday in preparation for his next start on Wednesday against Nippon Ham. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/26/2014
  • The Hawks will wear their Kachidoki Red uniforms during thirteen home games between September 2 and 26.  They went 6-2 when they wore the uniforms for Taka-no Saiten 2014. Source: official announcement

Orix Buffaloes

  • Chihiro Kaneko's next start will most likely come on five days of rest on the 28th against Lotte.  After that, he could get a start on the 4th, during a three-game series against Softbank, after Takahiro Matsuba on the 2nd and Daiki Tomei on the 3rd. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/26/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Fighters hold an option to sign Michael Crotta to another contract for the 2015 season.  They will most likely exercise it. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/26/2014

[8/24/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Aug.25, 2014 @ 4:39 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Kazuo Matsui recorded his 2,500th NPB (1,885) + MLB (615) hit in his at bat in the 1st inning of Sunday's game against the Orix Buffaloes. Source: Sponichi 8/24/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Takeya Nakamura hit two homers in consecutive games on Friday and Saturday for the second time in his career.  The first time he hit two homers in back-to-back games was in 2010 (September 25, 26). Source: Nikkan Sports 8/24/2014
  • Ryo Hayashizaki's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a girl weighing 2,974 grams, on the 23rd. Source: Sanspo 8/24/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Dan Runzler joined the Ichi-gun team for practices on Sunday and tossed about thirty pitches in the bullpen.  Hiroshi Moriwaki told reporters he liked what he saw, but felt Runzler still needed to pitch in a few more Ni-gun games. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/24/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Luis Mendoza was taken off the active roster on Monday after he gave up seven runs (all earned) on seven hits and two walks on Friday against the Seibu Lions.  Hideki Kuriyama hopes Mendoza can use the time at Ni-gun to rest and sort out possible issues with his mechanics. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/24/2014

[8/23/2014] Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes

by on Aug.24, 2014 @ 2:55 am, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

  • Takeya Nakamura blasted the twelfth grand slam of his career on Friday, his first since August 10, 2011. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/23/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The Marines recorded their fourth walk-off victory of the month on Friday.  This is their first month with four walk-off wins since April 2009. Source: Sports Hochi 8/23/2014

Orix Buffaloes

Saitama Seibu Lions 5 – Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 8 (August 23, 2014)

by on Aug.23, 2014 @ 4:04 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Seibu Lions vs Nippon Ham Fighters @ Sapporo Dome - 15:00
Starters: Reynolds, Greg (SEI) 3-5, 4.53 - Yoshikawa, Mitsuo (HAM) 1-4, 5.89

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Seibu 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 5 10 1
Nippon Ham 5 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 X 8 10 1

Attendance: 39444 | Time: 3h35m | Nippon Ham leads series, 10-6-2

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[8/22/2014] Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Aug.23, 2014 @ 3:21 am, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

  • Interim manager Norio Tanabe is planning to continue using Tomoya Mori as a late-inning bat off the bench.  Mori will also get opportunities to catch during blow-out games. Source: Sponichi 8/22/2014, Sports Hochi 8/22/2014

Softbank Hawks

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Fighters are planning to wear their Next Blue alternate uniforms during home games on the 27th against Orix and the 28th against Softbank.  They have won nine of sixteen games while wearing the uniform this year. Source: Daily Sports 8/22/2014

Saitama Seibu Lions 11 – Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 1 (August 22, 2014)

by on Aug.22, 2014 @ 4:02 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Seibu Lions vs Nippon Ham Fighters @ Sapporo Dome - 18:00
Starters: Nogami, Ryoma (SEI) 5-7, 5.20 - Mendoza, Luis (HAM) 4-11, 3.79

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Seibu 0 0 4 1 2 0 0 4 0 11 12 1
Nippon Ham 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 7 0

Attendance: 21297 | Time: 3h13m | Nippon Ham leads series, 9-6-2

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[8/21/2014] Injury Report: Kyohei Muranaka (Yakult), Kazuya Fukuura (Lotte)

by on Aug.22, 2014 @ 2:47 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hisayoshi Chono was removed from Thursday's game against the Yakult Swallows after he made a nice catch in right-center in the 9th and started feeling discomfort in his right knee.  The Giants will wait to see how Chono is feeling on Friday before making a decision on what to do next. Source: Sponichi 8/21/2014
  • Tomoyuki Sugano (right middle finger) resumed throwing in the bullpen on Thursday.  He threw twenty-six pitches to a standing catch and fourteen to a half-bent catcher.  He mixed in his cutter, curve, slider, and shuto. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/21/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Takehiro Ishikawa hurt his left shin when he tried to score on a close play at home plate in the 1st inning of Thursday's game against the Hiroshima Carp.  He was removed from the game and taken to the hospital for an examination.  He was diagnosed with a bruise. Source: Sports Hochi 8/21/2014, Daily Sports 8/21/2014, Sponichi 8/21/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows announced that Kyohei Muranaka will be shut down for a week because of inflammation in his right shoulder.  He is also nursing a bruised right calf. Source: Sponichi 8/21/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Takayuki Kishi (right elbow) might be ready to start an Ichi-gun game on the 24th against Nippon Ham at Sapporo Dome.  He has already resumed throwing in the bullpen and is scheduled to participate in Ichi-gun workouts on Friday.  The coaches will discuss options with him after they have had a chance to see his progress. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/21/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Kazuya Fukuura hurt his left index finger while catching a foul ball in the 7th inning of Thursday's game against the Orix Buffaloes at QVC Marine.  He was pulled from the game and taken to a hospital in Narashino for tests.  He was diagnosed with a dislocated index finger (distal interphalangeal joint).  No word on how long it might take for a full recovery, but he could be okay to play within a few days.  He is considered day-to-day. Source: Sports Hochi 8/21/2014, Nikkan Sports 8/21/2014, Sponichi 8/21/2014

[8/20/2014] Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Aug.21, 2014 @ 1:51 am, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

  • The Lions recorded their fourth tie game of the month on Tuesday, a first since July 1978. Source: Sports Hochi 8/20/2014 ... The Lions played the final game of a nine-game stretch on Wednesday.  Five of their first eight games went into extra innings.  Four ended in ties.  The eight games combined lasted thirty-four hours and thirteen minutes, or roughly four hours and seventeen minutes per game. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/20/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Keiichi Hirano became the sixteenth player in  NPB history to reach the 250 sac hit milestone on Wednesday. Source: Sanspo 8/20/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • With Tuesday's rain out, Shohei Otani's next start will most likely come on or after the 26th, instead of the 24th.  Naoyuki Uwasawa, originally scheduled to pitch on Tuesday, will most likely get the start on the 24th. Source: Sports Hochi 8/20/2014