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Saitama Seibu Lions 3 – Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 3 (April 24, 2015)

by on Apr.24, 2015 @ 10:01 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Seibu Lions vs Softbank Hawks @ YafuOku Dome - 18:00
Starters: Makita, Kazuhisa (SEI) 2-1, 2.00 - Nakata, Kenichi (SOF) 1-2, 4.82

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Seibu 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 7 0
Softbank 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 14 0

Attendance: 34507 | Time: 4h2m | Softbank leads series, 2-1-1

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[4/23/2015] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions

by on Apr.24, 2015 @ 9:57 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • First round draft pick Yuki Matsumoto tossed a bullpen session to a squatting catcher at the Saitozaki facilities on April 22. It was the first time he threw to a squatting catcher since he turned pro. He threw thirty pitches at seventy to eighty percent strength. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/23/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Nakata and Sho Nakata hit home runs in back-to-back bats for the second time in their careers on April 22. For Nakata, the home run was also the first he managed to hit on his birthday. It was Otani's birthday the last time the two went yard in back-to-back at bats on July 5, 2014. Source: Sponichi 4/23/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

Seibu Lions

  • Ni-gun game against Rakuten on April 23: first round draft pick Kona Takahashi started the game and gave up two runs (one earned) over five innings of work. He faced twenty-five hitters, gave up four hits, walked four, struck out four, and topped out at 154km/h. Source: Sanspo 4/23/2015 ... Fumiya Nishiguchi entered the game in the 7th and tossed a shutout inning in relief. He faced four, allowed one hit, and walked one. Source: Sanspo 4/23/2015
  • Kona Takahashi's next start will most likely come on May 3. Source: Sanspo 4/23/2015
  • Fumiya Nishiguchi is slated to make one more appearance in relief, on either April 25 or 26, before getting a start. Source: Sanspo 4/23/2015

[4/21/2015] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Apr.22, 2015 @ 3:44 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Kenta Imamiya was named a Special Onsen (Hot Spring) Tourism Ambassador for the city of Beppu. Source: Daily Sports 4/21/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Ni-gun game against Yomiuri on April 21: First round draft pick Kohei Arihara started the game and gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits over six innings of work. He faced twenty-two hitters, walked none, and struck out four. Source: Sports Hochi 4/21/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/21/2015
  • Shohei Otani has been averaging one game as a pitcher and two games as a position player so far this season because of the light schedule. The team will begin playing six games a week in May and Hideki Kuriyama is thinking about expanding Otani's workload by one game as a position player each week. That could mean starts as a pitcher on Tuesday and starts as a position player on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Source: Daily Sports 4/21/2015 ... According to Nikkan Sports, Kuriyama is planning to mix and match starts on six days of rest and starts on seven or more days of rest, depending on Otani's condition. The twenty-year-old will get starts on six days of rest most of the time, but could get an extra day or two as needed. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/21/2015 ... Otani signed an advisory contract with SAVAS. Source: Sponichi 4/21/2015 ... Otani's next start could come on eight days of rest on April 28 against Softbank at Sapporo Dome. Source: Sponichi 4/21/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions want to give Tomoya Mori opportunities to grow as a catcher and are planning to give him chances at Ni-gun, while continuing to use him as a designated hitter at Ichi-gun. Source: Daily Sports 4/21/2015 ... Mori got the start at catcher and batted third in a Ni-gun game against Rakuten on April 21. He went 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout. He got the start at designated hitter in an Ichi-gun game against Nippon Ham later in the day and went 2-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Chun-Lin Kuo was taken off the active roster on April 21 and sent down to Ni-gun to work on his mechanics. Kuo struggled in his last two starts and failed to make it past the 3rd inning on both occasions. Source: Daily Sports 4/21/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles are thinking about replacing the artificial turf at kobo Stadium with natural grass ahead of the 2016 season. They have been using the secondary field (aka, Green Field) to test the possibilities for natural grass. Source: Sports Hochi 4/21/2015

[4/18/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Rakuten Eagles

by on Apr.19, 2015 @ 6:45 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Nao Higashihama was sent down to Ni-gun on April 17 to work through issues and make adjustments. He gave up five runs (all earned) on eight hits and four walks over 4.2 innings of work against Orix on April 16. Source: Sponichi 4/17/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • Ni-gun game against Softbank on April 17: Takahiro Okada got the start at first and batted clean-up. He went 1-for-4 with a strikeout. Source: Sponichi 4/17/2015
  • Ni-gun game against Hanshin on April 16: Kei Igawa started the game and tossed one shutout inning. He faced four hitters, allowed one hit, walked none, and struck out none. Source: Sponichi 4/17/2015
  • Takahiro Okada was taken off the active roster on April 17 due to his struggles at the plate and with the glove. Source: Sponichi 4/17/2015
  • Kei Igawa pitched in his first game of the year on April 16. He was slated to pitch in his first game about a week earlier, but his timetable was pushed back because he was not feeling well. Source: Sponichi 4/17/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Yuki Saito was re-assigned to Ni-gun after another poor start on April 17. It may take him a while to earn another shot at Ichi-gun since the team has other pitchers to consider, like Masaru Takeda and Hirotoshi Takanashi. Source: Sponichi 4/18/2015
  • The media learned on April 16 that Meiji was working with Shohei Otani. Meiji is a major food company in Japan that also owns sports nutrition company Savas. Source: Sports Hochi 4/17/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Ni-gun game against Rakuten on April 18: Eisuke Tanaka started the game and gave up a run on seven hits over five innings of work. His scoreless innings streak ended at fourteen. He faced twenty-three hitters, walked three, struck out one, and topped out at 141km/h. Source: Sports Hochi 4/18/2015
  • Second round draft pick Eisuke Tanaka is scheduled to make his Ichi-gun debut on April 29 against Seibu at QVC Marine. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/17/2015, Sponichi 4/17/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • Kenny Ray (forty years and four months) picked up his third win in as many games from the start of the season on April 17 and became just the second pitcher in NPB history to notch victories in his first three games, first since Choji Murata (forty years and four months) in 1990. Murata ended up going on a three-game losing streak after recording victories in his first three games. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/18/2015, Sponichi 4/18/2015, Sanspo 4/18/2015

Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 0 – Chiba Lotte Marines 9 (April 18, 2015)

by on Apr.18, 2015 @ 10:14 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Softbank Hawks vs Chiba Lotte Marines @ QVC Marine Field - 14:00
Starters: Settsu, Tadashi (SOF) 2-1, 2.01 - Rhee, Dae-Eun (LOT) 2-0, 4.67

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Softbank 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 2
Lotte 1 1 0 0 0 7 0 0 X 9 10 0

Attendance: 18565 | Time: 3h11m | Lotte leads series, 3-2-0

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