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Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 10 – Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 4 (July 29, 2014)

by on Jul.29, 2014 @ 4:03 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Softbank Hawks vs Rakuten Eagles @ Koriyama Kaiseizan Stadium - 18:00
Starters: Standridge, Jason (SOF) 7-4, 2.83 - Aoyama, Koji (RAK) 1-2, 3.19

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Softbank 0 3 1 0 0 3 1 1 1 10 19 2
Rakuten 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 7 1

Attendance: 12818 | Time: 3h29m | Softbank leads series, 8-4-0

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[7/28/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks

by on Jul.29, 2014 @ 1:19 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Yuki Matsui is scheduled to make his next start on Wednesday against Softbank at Yamagata. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/28/2014
  • The new section of 3,019 seats on the third base side at kobo Stadium will open on August 30.  Stadium seating capacity will max out at 28,736. Source: Sanspo 7/28/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/28/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Tsutomu Ito was issued a stern warning and a 100,000 yen fine by the commissioner's office for his ejection on the 26th.  Ito was tossed for using abusive/strong language during an argument with the home plate umpire. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/28/2014
  • There is a good chance Alfredo Despaigne will make his Ichi-gun debut on the 29th.  Designated hitter seems likely.  Despaigne took twenty-seven swings during batting practice on Sunday and hit five over the fence. Source: Daily Sports 7/28/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Yuya Iida threw seventy-four pitches in the bullpen on Monday.  He is scheduled to start Wednesday's game against Rakuten at Yamagata. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/28/2014

[7/25/2014] Injury Report: Hector Luna (Chunichi), Nobuhiro Matsuda (Softbank)

by on Jul.26, 2014 @ 3:18 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • Hector Luna (right elbow) could play in his first Ni-gun rehab game on August 2 against Hiroshima.  Ryosuke Hirata (left ankle) is slated to play in his first rehab game on the 29th against Softbank. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/26/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (left hamstring) played in his first Ni-gun rehab game on Friday.  He got the start at first and batted clean-up against Yokohama.  He went 1-for-3.  He will play in two more Ni-gun rehab games over the weekend.  If there are no problems, he could rejoin the Ichi-gun team in time for the start of the Hanshin series that begins on the 29th. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/25/2014, Sponichi 7/25/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Hideki Okajima was diagnosed with a strain in his left calf on Friday.  He will most likely require two to three weeks for a full recovery. Source: Sponichi 7/25/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/26/2014
  • Nobuhiro Matsuda (right index finger) recovery is taking longer than expected.  He might be about two weeks behind schedule.  He might not be able to rejoin the Ichi-gun team until late-August. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/25/2014

[7/25/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Jul.26, 2014 @ 3:11 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • About 100 employees (team staff, cheerleading team, other personnel) greeted Senichi Hoshino when he arrived at kobo Stadium on Friday. Source: Sponichi 7/25/2014
  • Outfield/base-running coach Koichi Isobe will remain at Ichi-gun for the time being. Source: Daily Sports 7/25/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Alfredo Despaigne took batting practice at Seibu Dome on Friday.  He swung the bat twenty-two times and hit seven over the fence.  He is hoping to make his Ichi-gun debut on the 29th. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/25/2014 ... Despaigne swung the bat at seventy-five percent.  He used a Hitoto Komazaki model bat. Sanspo 7/25/2014 ... Despaigne currently weighs 104 kilograms -- his ideal weight is between 100 and 104 kilograms.  His chest measure 113 centimeters, his arms 42 centimeters, and his thigh 68 centimeters.  His fat content is eighteen percent.  He told reporters he has no problems with flying and likes seafood.  He went out to dinner with Yomiuri's Frederich Cepeda and Yokohama's Yulieski Gourriel on Thursday.  He believes he can hit the Mizuho Bank billboard out in left. Source: Sponichi 7/25/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/25/2014, Daily Sports 7/25/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Newly added Keizo Kawashima and Ryo Hidaka played in Friday's a Ni-gun game against Orix at YafuOku Dome.  Kawashima got the start at third and batted second against Orix.  He went 3-for-4: RBI triple in the 3rd; single to right in the 4th; two-run single to right in the 7th.  Hidaka entered the game in the 7th and tossed two shutout innings and allowed two hits. Source: Sponichi 7/25/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Brandon Dickson will take Chihiro Kaneko's next start on the 27th against Softbank.  He will be making the start on five days of rest. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/25/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani is 9-1 in fifteen starts over 97.0 innings of work.  He can become the first pitcher out of high school in franchise history to win ten or more games and pitch in 100 or more innings in his second year since Yu Darvish in 2006.  A win on Saturday would make him the first Nippon Ham pitcher to go on an eight-game winning streak since Darvish in 2011.  He would also become the first Nippon Ham pitcher to go on an eight-game winning streak in his second year since Darvish in 2006. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/25/2014

[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