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[8/2/2015] Softbank Hawks, Rakuten Eagles

by on Aug.03, 2015 @ 3:54 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Dennis Sarfate struck out two against Seibu on August 2 and set a new Pacific League record with strikeouts in twenty-nine consecutive innings (between May 8 and August 2). The previous record of twenty-eight innings was set by Chih-Chia Chang in 2002, between July 21 and August 12. Source: Sponichi 8/2/2015 ... On August 1, Sarfate moved into a fourth place tie on the all-time list for foreign pitchers with 117 career saves. Source: Sponichi 8/2/205

Rakuten Eagles

  • Yuki Matsui tied the franchise record for saves on August 2 with his twenty-second year of the year. Koji Aoyama set the record in 2012. Source: Daily Sports 8/2/2015
  • Kazuo Matsui picked up the 175th modasho of his career on August 1 and moved into a fourth place tie with Kazuyoshi Tatsunami on the all-time list. He also collected thirty-two modashos while playing in the Majors. Source: Sponichi 8/2/2015

[8/1/2015] Softbank Hawks, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions

by on Aug.02, 2015 @ 5:00 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Ryuma Kidokoro joined the Ichi-gun team for practices on August 1. He was added to the active roster on July 31, but missed the Seibu game on the same day because he was in Fukuoka and could not make it to Tokyo until 8:30pm. Source: Sponichi 8/1/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Turmoil at the parent company could mean the team goes up for sale. LIXIL Group could be interested as buyers. They tried to purchase the Yokohama Bay Stars from TBS Holdings in 2010, but gave up when talks broke down. Source: ZakZak 8/1/2015

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions lost their game against Softbank on July 31 and pushed their losing streak to ten games. It was fifth double-digit losing streak in franchise history: eleven games in 1971, ten games in 1978, twelve games in 1979, and ten games in 2007. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/1/2015 ... The Lions lost again on August 1 and extended their losing streak to eleven games.

[7/31/2015] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Aug.01, 2015 @ 6:33 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Rick van den Hurk picked up another win during a start against Seibu on July 31 and became the first foreign pitcher in franchise history to begin their NPB careers with a five-game winning streak as a starting pitcher. Source: Sponichi 7/31/2015
  • The Hawks announced that they will add Ikusei outfielder Go Kamamoto to their seventy-man roster. His uniform number will change from 122 to 60. His contract will be worth an estimated six million yen. Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 7/31/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Fighters players association presented baseball equipment (about 100 items) to the Burkina Faso Baseball Federation in Africa during a ceremony at Sapporo Dome before their game against Lotte on July 31. Source: official announcement

Seibu Lions

  • Kazuhisa Makita will be pulled from the starting rotation to temporarily bolster the bullpen. Kona Takahashi could make his Ichi-gun debut with a start on August 2 against Softbank at Seibu Prince Dome. Takahashi threw about thirty pitches in the bullpen on July 31. Source: Sports Hochi 7/31/2015, Daily Sports 7/31/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • More on hitting coach Tomio Tashiro's resignation: According to Nikkan Sports, the Eagles were going to make some personnel changes that would send Ni-gun hitting coach Daisuke Kusano to Ichi-gun and Ichi-gun hitting coach Tashiro to Ni-gun. Tashiro submitted his resignation after hearing about the move because he felt he would no longer be able to fulfill his promise with senior adviser Senichi Hoshino. Tashiro was planning to step down after the 2014 season but decided to remain after Hoshino asked him to stay and help new manager Hiromoto Okubo. Tashiro was not against the demotion, but felt it made the most sense for him to leave because he would no longer be able to support Okubo, which was his only reason for staying. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/31/2015, Nikkan Sports 7/31/2015 ... In a separate report, Nikkan Sports adds that one of the reasons why the batting order is constantly changing is because owner Hiroshi Mikitani has been vocal with his opinions this year. This may have contributed to Tashiro's decision to step down. Mikitani has also been pushing the team to do more running, regardless of situation. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/31/2015 ... Sanspo mentions something similar in a report of their own. Source: Sanspo 7/31/2015
  • The Eagles announced that Ni-gun hitting coach Daisuke Kusano will take over as the new Ichi-gun hitting coach. A Ni-gun hitting coach will not be named. Ni-gun position player coach Osamu Yonemura will retain his current title and also act as a hitting coach. Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 7/31/2015

[7/30/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jul.31, 2015 @ 5:28 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Kimiyasu Kudo threw sixty-seven pitches to Yuki Yoshimura and Keizo Kawashima during batting practice on July 30. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/30/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • Yoshio Itoi went yard twice against Nippon Ham on July 30 for the first time this year and became the 275th player in NPB history to reach the 100 home run milestone with his second home run of the game. Source: Daily Sports 7/30/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Fighters announced on July 30 that they filed paperwork to place Victor Garate on waivers. Source: official announcement ... Said team official Hiroshi Yoshimura, "He hurt his leg and was still having problems with it. We didn't think we could guarantee him playing time in August and September." Source: Nikkan Sports 7/30/2015 ... "He had good pitches, but we had too many foreign players. We weren't sure if we could give him regular playing time. [We thought it] might be best to let him go," said Hideki Kuriyama. Source: Sports Hochi 7/30/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles announced on July 30 that hitting coach Tomio Tashiro was leaving the organization. Tashiro submitted his intent to resign when the team returned to Sendai after a game against Softbank in Morioka on July 29. The two sides met against on July 30, but there was no change of heart and the team accepted. Tashiro originally wanted to step down when Senichi Hoshino decided to leave as manager after the 2014 season, but was convinced to stay. Ni-gun hitting coach Daisuke Kusano will most likely be named the new Ichi-gun hitting coach. Source: official announcement, Sponichi 7/30/2015, Daily Sports 7/30/2015

[7/29/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jul.30, 2015 @ 10:00 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Ni-gun game against Hanshin on July 28: Tadashi Settsu started the game. He gave up two runs (one earned) over six innings. He faced twenty-two hitters, allowed five hits, walked none, and struck out seven. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/29/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • Tatsuya Sato will most likely close out games while Yoshihisa Hirano recovers from a left ankle sprain (ten days to two weeks). Source: Nikkan Sports 7/29/2015.

Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles announced that they filed paperwork to place Jim Heuser on waivers. Source: official announcement ... Team official Hiroshi Abei told reporters they decided to play Heuser on waivers because they were not going to be able to give him enough chances to play with other pitchers like Kenny Ray and Kam Mickolio on the roster. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/29/2015

Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 9 – Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 2 (July 29, 2015)

by on Jul.29, 2015 @ 8:24 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Softbank Hawks vs Rakuten Eagles @ Morioka Stadium - 18:00
Starters: Standridge, Jason (SOF) 8-6, 3.65 - Tomura, Kenji (RAK) 5-5, 3.46

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Softbank 1 0 2 0 2 0 3 0 1 9 11 1
Rakuten 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 5 1

Attendance: 15498 | Time: 2h52m | Softbank leads series, 9-3-1

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