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[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


2014 Stats (BC League)

Shinano 1.26 26 2 1 1 0 28.2 120 440 28 0 21 6 1 12 4 2 0

[7/20/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Jul.20, 2014 @ 11:33 pm, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Yuki Matsui is slated to get another start on the 23rd against the Seibu Lions at Seibu Dome.  He threw thirty-three pitches in the bullpen on Sunday.  It will be his first start since June 19. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/20/2014
  • Manabu Mima threw about seventy pitches in the bullpen on Saturday. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/19/2014
  • The Eagles are setting up a new grass field (about 2,000 square meters) near the indoor practice facilities that should be ready for use in August.  The secondary field will be used by the Ichi-gun team for training and practice purposes.  It will also be used by the Eagles' baseball school. Source: official announcementNikkan Sports 7/20/2014, Sponichi 7/20/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Tomoya Mori got the chance to practice with the Ichi-gun team for two days, beginning on Saturday. Source: Daily Sports 7/20/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Kenji Otonari started a Ni-gun intra-squad game on Sunday.  He pitched five innings and gave up two runs on first hits.  He is slated to start an Ichi-gun game on the 27th against Orix at YafuOku Dome. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/20/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

Saitama Seibu Lions 1 – Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 3 (July 16, 2014)

by on Jul.16, 2014 @ 4:03 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Seibu Lions vs Nippon Ham Fighters @ Asahikawa "Starffin" Stadium - 18:00
Starters: Okamoto, Yosuke (SEI) 0-2, 6.75 - Otani, Shohei (HAM) 8-1, 2.35

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

Attendance: 20320 | Time: 3h28m | Nippon Ham leads series, 9-4-0

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[7/15/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Jul.16, 2014 @ 3:23 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles swapped first and third base coaches before Tuesday's game against the Orix Buffaloes.  Outfield/first base coach Koichi Isobe moved to third and infield/third base coach Yasutomo Suzuki moved to first. Source: Sponichi 7/15/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/15/2014

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions have recorded four walk-off victories this month: vs Nippon Ham on July 2, vs Lotte on July 8, vs Orix on July 11, and vs Orix on July 13.  That tied the franchise record set in April 1961, September 1997, and September 2013. Source: Sanspo 7/14/2014, Sponichi 7/14/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Craig Brazell was hit in the head by a pitch on Monday.  He told reporters that he had been hit in the head three times in his life, twice in Japan. Source: Sanspo 7/15/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Jason Standridge hit three batters during the 3rd inning of Monday's game against Lotte (Daichi Suzuki, Toshiaki Imae, and Craig Brazell) and tied the NPB record for HBPs in one inning.  He became the eighth player in NPB history to hit three batters in one inning, first since Shinji Tajima on July 4, 2014; and the fifth player in Pacific League history, first since Takashi Ishii on April 17, 2004. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/15/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Fighters are planning to use Masaru Takeda out of the bullpen after the All-Star break because they only have one reliable left-handed reliever.  They also expect to have enough arms for the starting rotation. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/15/2014