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[10/31/2014] Rumors: Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes

by on Nov.01, 2014 @ 4:44 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Motohiro Shima (29) has decided not to exercise his domestic FA option. He informed team official Yozo Tachibana of his decision before practices on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions are interested in Hiroyuki Nakajima (32). They see him as someone that can play third and bat third. His old uniform number, three, is also available. Source: Sports Hochi 10/31/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks are looking into Daisuke Matsuzaka (34). They could offer him a multi-year deal. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014 ... Softbank could offer Matsuzaka a multi-year deal with the uniform number eighteen. They are also interested in Munenori Kawasaki (33). Source: Sponichi 10/31/2014 ... The Hawks could offer Matsuzaka a four year deal worth 400 million yen a year plus incentives. They could also offer him the number eighteen. Source: Sports Hochi 10/31/2014
  • Jason Standridge, Brian Wolfe, Dennis Sarfate, and Dae-Ho Lee will be returning next year. They signed two-year deals before the start of the season. Barbaro Canizares, Paul Oseguera, and Edison Barrios are question marks. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014
  • Toru Hosokawa (34) finished out the final year of a four-year deal. He is not planning to exercise his FA option. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014
  • Nobuhiko Matsunaka (40) will most likely stay with Softbank, but is not ready to make a decision. Source: Sanspo 10/31/2014
  • Softbank may not go after any domestic free agents this off-season. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Tomotaka Sakaguchi (30) earned his domestic FA option this year. There is a good chance he will remain with Orix. He has already spoken to the Buffaloes at least once and has likely received an offer. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014
  • Yoshihisa Hirano (30) spoke to team official Ryuzo Setoyama at Hotto Motto Kobe on Thursday for about ten minutes. He still needs more time to think, but will likely stay. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014 ... The Buffaloes may have offered Hirano a number of different kinds of deals to choose from. Source: Daily Sports 10/31/2014

[10/31/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.01, 2014 @ 4:37 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Fall practices at kobo Stadium ended on Friday. Fall camp will begin on November 2 at Kurashiki, Okayama. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014
  • The Eagles are planning to offer Shuji Yoshida (47) and Kento Sugiyama (45) jobs as pitching coaches. Yoshida at Ichi-gun and Sugiyama at Ni-gun. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014
  • Seiji Tomashino is a candidate for Ichi-gun outfield/base coach. Source: Sports Hochi 10/31/2014
  • Former Eagle Kevin Youkilis has decided to retire. Source: ESPN AP 10/30/2014

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions posted more information about their fan appreciation day (November 23). Source: official announcement

Chiba Lotte Marines

Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks are planning to make an announcement about their new manager on Saturday. Kimiyasu Kudo is expected to take over for Koji Akiyama. Source: Sponichi 10/31/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014, Sports Hochi 10/31/2014, Daily Sports 10/31/2014
  • Koji Akiyama was not planning to make an announcement about his decision to step down as manager of the team until after the Nippon Series, but the information leaked out to the press. Family was his main reason for resigning. He was also concerned about his own health because he was regularly taking stomach medicine and sleeping pills. Source: Sanspo 10/31/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

Softbank Hawks Senryokugai – October 31, 2014

by on Oct.31, 2014 @ 6:39 pm, under NPB
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The Softbank Hawks announced that they will not offer the following players contract for the 2015 season:

  • Ejiri, Shintaro P (37)
  • Yoshimoto, Shoji P (21)
  • Okajima, Hideki P (38)
  • Shirane, Naoki INF (21)
  • Suzuki, Shunya P-Ikusei (23)
  • Miura, Shota P-Ikusei (24)
  • Yagi, Takeshi C-Ikusei (24)
  • Nakahara, Daiki INF-Ikusei (22)
  • Arasaki, Shinya INF-Ikusei (22)
  • Yasuda, Keisuke OF-Ikusei (27)

Source: official announcement

[10/30/2014] Nippon Series: Hanshin Tigers, Softbank Hawks

by on Oct.31, 2014 @ 4:21 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Seung-Hwan Oh joined Masaaki Koyama (1962, Game 5) and Minoru Murayama (1964, Game 4) as the only pitchers in franchise history to give up a walk-off home run. The Tigers dropped their eighth straight Nippon Series road game on Wednesday (and extended it to nine on Thursday). The record of ten was set by Seibu between 1994 and 2002. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/30/2014
  • The Tigers have not hit a home run in their first four Nippon Series games (five after Thursday's game). That tied five other teams in NPB history for most games to start a Nippon Series without a home run. The Dragons hold the record for most consecutive Nippon Series games without a home run, regardless of whether or not the streak began in the first game: six games in 2011, between Games 2 and 7. Source: Sponichi 10/30/2014
  • The Tigers are planning to offer Isao Koda (49) a job as Ni-gun pitching coach. An announcement will most likely be made after the Nippon Series. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/30/2014, Sponichi 10/30/2014
  • Fall camp will take place in Aki, Kochi between November 1 and 20. Source: Sponichi 10/30/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks recorded their fifth Nippon Series walk-off victory on Wednesday, first since 2003 (vs Hanshin, Game 1). Source: Nikkan Sports 10/30/2014
  • Akira Nakamura became the fourteenth player to hit a Nippon Series walk-off home run on Wednesday, first since Shinnosuke Abe in 2009 (Game 5). He joined Kent Hadley (1964, 1966) as the only players in franchise history to hit a Nippon Series walk-off home run. Source: Sponichi 10/30/2014
  • Kenichi Nakata walked three in a row in the 1st and 3rd inning of Wednesday's game against Hanshin and became the eighth pitcher in Nippon Series history to walk three in a row in one inning, first since Shun Tono in 2008 (4th inning, Game 6); and the first pitcher in Nippon Series history to do it twice in one game. The pitching staff gave up eight runs on Wednesday, a first since Yakult in 1995 during Game 3. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/30/2014
  • Nobuhiro Matsuda lost track of his game helmet and had to use his practice helmet during Game 3. The missing helmet was found in time for Game 4. Source: Sponichi 10/30/2014

NS: Hanshin Tigers 0 – Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 1 (October 30, 2014)

by on Oct.30, 2014 @ 4:00 am, under Game Summaries, NPB, Postseason
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Hanshin Tigers vs Softbank Hawks @ YafuOku Dome - 18:30
Starters: Messenger, Randy (HAN) 13-10, 3.20 - Settsu, Tadashi (SOF) 10-8, 3.90

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Hanshin 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Softbank 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 X 1 9 0

Attendance: 36068 | Time: 3h31m | Softbank leads series, 4-1-0

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[10/29/2014] Nippon Series: Hanshin Tigers, Softbank Hawks

by on Oct.30, 2014 @ 2:44 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • At twenty years and six months, Shintaro Fujinami became the second youngest pitcher in franchise history to pitch in a Nippon Series game. Katsuhiko Maki holds the record at nineteen years and nine months in 1962. Fujinami also became the youngest pitcher in franchise history to lose a Nippon Series game. The previous record of twenty-four years and ten months was set by Naohisa Sugiyama in 2005. Source: Sponichi 10/29/2014
  • Hanshin designated hitters since 1985: Sumio Hirota (six games), 3-for-22, 1 RBI in 1985; Katsumi Hirosawa (one game) and Osamu Hamanaka (three games) combined to go 1-for-14 with 0 RBI in 2003; Atsushi Kataoka (two games), 1-for-5 with 0 RBI in 2005. Source: Sanspo 10/29/2014
  • The Tigers are planning to offer Osamu Hamanaka a job as Ni-gun hitting coach. Source: Sponichi 10/29/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Dae-Ho Lee left Wednesday's game with pain in his right wrist. He reportedly tweaked the wrist during his at bat in the 1st and was removed after his at bat in the 3rd as a precaution. Source: Sponichi 10/29/2014
  • Kenji Otonari recorded a victory in his first career Nippon Series appearance and joined Toshiya Sugiuchi (2003, Game 2) and Hiroki Yamada (2011, Game 5) as the only left-handed pitchers in franchise history to achieve the feat. Source: Sponichi 10/29/2014 ... Otonari has received advice from mental trainer Hatsumi Nishida. Source: Sponichi 10/29/2014

NS: Hanshin Tigers 2 – Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 5 (October 29, 2014)

by on Oct.29, 2014 @ 4:00 am, under Game Summaries, NPB, Postseason
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Hanshin Tigers vs Softbank Hawks @ YafuOku Dome - 18:30
Starters: Iwata, Minoru (HAN) 9-8, 2.54 - Nakata, Kenichi (SOF) 11-7, 4.34

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Hanshin 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 0
Softbank 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3X 5 7 0

Attendance: 35861 | Time: 3h56m | Softbank leads series, 3-1-0

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[10/28/2014] Nippon Series: Hanshin Tigers, Softbank Hawks

by on Oct.29, 2014 @ 3:44 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Takahiro Arai was not available to play against on Tuesday. He did play some catch and took some batting practice during pre-game workouts. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/28/2014
  • At twenty years and six months, Shintaro Fujinami became the youngest pitcher to start a Nippon Series game in franchise history. The previous record of twenty-four years and three months was set by Kei Igawa in 2003. Source: Sponichi 10/28/2014
  • Hakata Station officials increased staff by five to handle the large number of fans on Monday. Roughly 200 fans and media were at the station at around 5:30pm to greet the Tigers. Yutaka Wada, Fujinami, and a number of others used an alternate route in the station. Sanspo 10/28/2014
  • A number of players worked out at Koshien before traveling to Fukuoka on Monday. The Tigers opted not to hold practices at YafuOku Dome so players could get some rest. Players were also allowed to travel to Fukuoka on their own schedule. Source: Sanspo 10/28/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • About 500 fans greeted the Hawks at Hakata Station on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/27/2014
  • Dae-Ho Lee recorded the franchise's sixty-second Nippon Series home run on Sunday. Sixty-two Nippon Series home runs is good for a third place tie with Orix on the all-time list. Yomiuri leads all teams with 213. Seibu is in second with 130. Source: Sponichi 10/27/2014
  • Team officials told reporters about one third of the tickets sold for Game 3, 4, and 5 were to people outside of Kyushu. Source: Sanspo 10/28/2014
  • The Hawks announced on Tuesday that a parade celebrating their Pacific League championship will take place on November 24. Source: official announcement

NS: Hanshin Tigers 1 – Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 5 (October 28, 2014)

by on Oct.28, 2014 @ 4:00 am, under Game Summaries, NPB, Postseason
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Hanshin Tigers vs Softbank Hawks @ YafuOku Dome - 18:30
Starters: Fujinami, Shintaro (HAN) 11-8, 3.53 - Otonari, Kenji (SOF) 3-1, 1.64

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Hanshin 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 0
Softbank 1 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 X 5 10 0

Attendance: 35527 | Time: 3h30m | Softbank leads series, 2-1-0

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