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[4/23/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Apr.24, 2014 @ 12:55 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tomoyuki Sugano tossed the second complete game victory of his career on Tuesday against Yokohama.  His first complete game victory came on June 15, 2013 against Softbank.  Sugano set a career high by throwing 142 pitches.  The last Yomiuri pitcher to throw 140 or more pitches in a game was Tetsuya Utsumi with 147 on October 12, 2011 against Hanshin. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/23/2014 ... Sugano could become the first pitcher in franchise history to record victories against all five Central League teams before the end of April.  He has victories against Hanshin, Chunichi, Hiroshima and Yokohama.  His next start could come against Yakult on the 29th. Source: Sponichi 4/23/2014 ... Sugano is the first Yomiuri pitcher to get the opening day start and win his first four starts since Utsumi in 2010 (first right-handed Yomiuri pitcher since Koji Uehara in 2001).  He is 3-0 in three starts at rural stadiums: May 11, 2013 vs Yokohama at Niigata (5-4); July 9, 2013 vs Yakult at Yamagata (6-3); April 22, 2014 vs Yokohama at Miyazaki (4-1). Source: Sanspo 4/23/2014
  • Leslie Anderson blasted his first NPB grand slam on Tuesday.  He joined Roy White (April 26, 1980), Shane Mack (April 11, 1995), and Mariano Duncan (April 8, 1998) as the only foreign players in franchise history to hit a grand slam before the end of April during their first year in the NPB.  Teammate Jose Lopez hit a grand slam on March 30.  They are the fourth pair of foreign players in franchise history to hit grand slams in the same season.  The other three: Balvino Galvez and Domingo Martinez in 1999; Alex Ramirez and Edgar Gonzalez in 2010; and John Bowker and Lopez in 2013.  Anderson and Lopez are the first to accomplish the feat before the end of April. Source: Sponichi 4/23/2014
  • Fifteen-year-old golfer Minami Katsu, her father, and her grandfather were at Wednesday's game in Kagoshima.  They had a chance to meet Tatsunori Hara before the start of the game. Source: Sponichi 4/23/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/23/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Shintaro Fujinami met Chunichi's Ryosuke Hirata during pre-game practice on Wednesday.  Fujinami hit Hirata with a pitch on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/23/2014
  • The NPB record for reaching base in consecutive games from the start of the season is forty, set by Steve Ontiveros (Seibu) in 1983.  The Central League record of thirty-five games was set by Tomoaki Kanemoto (Hiroshima) in 1997. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/23/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenjiro Nomura was ejected from Tuesday's game against Yakult for a delay of game when arguing an out call at second base in the 6th inning (auto ejection if arguments run over five minutes).  The commissioner's office issued a stern warning and a 50,000 yen fine. Source: Sponichi 4/23/2014, Daily Sports 4/23/2014 ... Nomura's past ejections -- As a player: September 4, 1996 as a player against Hanshin. As a manager: August 31, 2010 against Chunichi; June 26, 2011 against Chunichi; August 31, 2012 against Hanshin; and April 22, 2014 against Yakult. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/23/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Ikusei Leandro Mella got the chance to work out with the Ichi-gun team at Nagoya Dome on Wednesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/23/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Chris Narveson's next start could come on the 27th against Chunichi at Jingu on four days of rest. Source: Sponichi 4/32/2014

[4/22/2014] Injury Report: Kila Ka’aihue (Hiroshima), Chris Carpenter (Yakult)

by on Apr.23, 2014 @ 1:40 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Yoshiyuki Kamei played catch at Giants Stadium on Tuesday for the first time since he had surgery on his right index finger (fracture). Source: Nikkan Sports 4/22/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kila Ka'aihue took an HBP off his back in the 1st inning of Tuesday's game against Yakult.  He was removed from the game on defense in the bottom of the inning and taken to a hospital in Tokyo for an MRI.  He was diagnosed with a spinal cord concussion.  The Carp will wait to see how their slugger is doing on Wednesday before deciding what to do next.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/22/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars were going to let Jorge Sosa travel with the team until he showed up at the airport on Monday with a slight limp (tightness in his left thigh/leg).  Sosa was taken off the active roster and sent down to Ni-gun.  Kiyoshi Nakahata told reporters he did not want the reliever back until he was fully healed and ready to pitch.  Source: Sponichi 4/22/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Chris Carpenter took a batted ball hit by Ryosuke Kikuchi off the outer portion of his right knee in the 8th inning of Tuesday's game against Hiroshima.  He was removed from the game and taken to the hospital for an examination.  He was diagnosed with a bruise.  Whether he gets taken off the active roster on Wednesday will depend on how he is feeling.  Ryo Hidaka will be called up in case he is needed.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/22/2014, Sponichi 4/22/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • Kevin Youkilis took an HBP off the area near his right wrist during his at bat in the 2nd inning of Tuesday's game against Seibu.  He was removed on defense in the 3rd.  Tests conducted at a hospital in Sendai revealed no problems with the bones.  The team will make a decision on Youkilis after they see how he is feeling on Wednesday.  Source: Sponichi 4/22/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/22/2014

[4/22/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Apr.23, 2014 @ 1:21 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Kan Otake's next start could come on the 27th against his former teammates.  Depending on how things work out, the opposing pitcher on the mound might be Kenta Maeda. Source: Daily Sports 4/22/2014 ... Assuming Otake pitches on the 27th, working backwards, Tetsuya Utsumi will get the start on the 26th and Toshiya Sugiuchi on the 25th.  This will allow the Giants to split two lefty starters with a righty during the Hiroshima series (25th-27th). Source: Sponichi 4/22/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Kosuke Fukudome has been struggling.  He spent the last four days (beginning on the 18th) doing extra workouts and taking extra batting practice. Source: Sanspo 4/22/2014, Sponichi 4/22/2014
  • Through Monday, the Tigers are 66-132-5 in 203 games at Nagoya Dome.  They have winning records in four seasons: 2005 (6-5), 2007 (7-5), 2008 (7-4-1), 2013 (6-5). Source: Sanspo 4/22/2014 ... They won their game at Nagoya Dome on Tuesday.
  • Sanspo is carrying an interview with Mauro Gomez.  I don't have the time to translate it, but for those interested, here are direct links to the interview: one, two. ... Gomez set a new franchise record for first-year foreign players on Tuesday: he reached base in his twenty-second consecutive game since the start of the season. Source: Sponichi 4/22/2014
  • Fifteen-year-old golfer Minami Katsu made headlines by becoming the youngest winner in Japan LPGA history.  She is also a Hanshin fan and the Tigers would love to have her as a guest. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/22/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons currently have five pitchers in the rotation.  They might switch to starting pitchers on five days of rest this week. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/22/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • With Jorge Sosa out, 4th round draft pick Tomoya Mikami could get a look as the closer. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/22/2014 ... For now, Shun Yamaguchi will most likely step in as closer.  Source: Sponichi 4/22/2014
  • Pitchers Hitoshi Fujie, Atori Ota, and Kenjiro Tanaka joined the Ichi-gun team on Tuesday. Source: Sanspo 4/22/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Former Swallow Yataro Sakamoto will continue his career with the Shinba Baseball Club.  He will be a pitcher/coach. Source: Sanspo 4/22/2014

[4/22/2014] Yakult Swallows: Wladimir Balentien no longer has to return to US during the season

by on Apr.22, 2014 @ 7:08 pm, under NPB
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Wladimir Balentien was supposed to return to the United States between May 6 and 11 for a court appearance.  The Yakult Swallows announced today that their slugger was no longer required to leave the team during the regular season.

"We confirmed with his lawyer that his court appearance date was pushed back until after the season," explained team official Masayuki Okumura.  "We are not sure who did it, but someone probably submitted a request.  This is a private matter so we do not intend to push the matter.  Whether he had to return or not was big, that he does not have to is good.  For now, he will not have to leave the team during the season."

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/22/2014, Sports Hochi 4/22/2014, Sponichi 4/22/2014

[4/22/2014] Yakult Swallows: Yasuhiro Ogawa briefly talks to the media about his injury

by on Apr.22, 2014 @ 8:47 am, under NPB
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Sanspo has posted a portion of Yasuhiro Ogawa's interaction with the media after he found out that he had a fracture in his hand.

What are your thoughts after finding out you had a fracture?

I had a feeling it might be broken, so I wasn't really surprised.  It could have been career-ending injury.  This will be an inconvenience for the team, but all I can do is move forward while feeling grateful that I'm still alive.

Why did you think it might be broken?

The swelling went away, but I still felt pain.  I never felt pain like that, so I thought it couldn't just be a bruise.

What about day-to-day activities?

I have a hard time doing things like taking change out of my wallet or putting on my pants or socks.  I'm eating with my left hand.

How are you dealing with the injury?

I want to get back as soon as possible, but it is my throwing hand so I want to do things right.  I'm glad this happened during the first-half of the season.  I want to make it back strong for the second-half.

Source: Sanspo 4/22/2014

[4/21/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Apr.21, 2014 @ 11:32 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Chris Seddon is slated to start a game against Yokohama on the 23rd at Kagoshima. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/21/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Hiroaki Saiuchi could start an Ichi-gun game on the 27th against Yokohama at Yokohama.  Daiki Enokida's next start will come at Ni-gun on the 24th against Chunichi at Koshien.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/21/2014
  • 4th round draft pick Ryutaro Umeno made the starting line-up on Sunday.  He is the first rookie catcher in franchise history to make the starting line-up since Ryo Asai in 2002.  He is the first rookie catcher in franchise history to make the starting line-up before the end of April since Koichi Tabuchi in 1969. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/21/2014
  • When Cecil Fielder reached based in twenty-one consecutive games in 1989, he went 24-for-71 with five home runs and sixteen RBI.  He also walked seventeen times and went hitless in five games. Source: Sponichi 4/21/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • 1st round draft pick Daichi Osera is scheduled to start a game on the 24th against Yakult at Jingu on seven days of rest. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/21/2014
  • Takeru Imamura and Keita Nishihara were taken off the active roster on Monday.  They will be replaced by Ryuji Yokoyama and Jumpei Ono. Source: Sponichi 4/21/2014
  • According to Tokyo Sports, some MLB teams might be looking at Kenta Maeda's elbow problems this season as a good thing (so long as they are nt major problems) since it might keep his price down if he gets posted this winter. Source: Tokyo Sports 4/21/2014 ... Maeda could make his next start on the 27th against Yomiuri. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/21/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Jorge Sosa was taken off the active roster on Monday because of tightness in his left leg. Source: Sponichi 4/21/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien became the first player in the NPB to hit ten home runs on Sunday.  He was also first in 2011 and 2012.  The last player to reach ten home runs before the rest of the NPB three or more times over their career was Ralph Bryant (1991-1993).  The last Central League player was Sadaharu Oh (1963, 1965-67, 1976).  Balentien also set a new franchise record by blasting his tenth home run in his nineteenth game.  The previous record of twenty-one games was set by Larry Parrish in 1989. Source: Sanspo 4/21/2014

[4/21/2014] Yakult Swallows: Yasuhiro Ogawa has fracture in right hand

by on Apr.21, 2014 @ 4:44 pm, under NPB
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Yasuhiro Ogawa had his right hand examined at a hospital in Tokyo earlier today.  He was diagnosed with a fracture in his right hamate hook bone.  He will need to keep things immobile for a while, but might be able to play some catch in about four weeks, depending on how much progress he makes.  It could take about six weeks for the bone to fully heal.

Source: Sponichi 4/21/2014, Sports Hochi 4/21/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/21/2014

[4/20/2014] Injury Report: Yasuhiro Ogawa (Yakult), Ryo Hijirisawa (Rakuten)

by on Apr.20, 2014 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Hanshin Tigers

  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka visited the Koshien clubhouse on Friday to provide the team with an update on his progress.  The Tigers are still not sure when Nishioka will be able to begin his rehab at the Naruohama facilities. Source: Sanspo 4/20/2014, Daily Sports 4/20/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Jorge Sosa's outing on Sunday was cut short when he hurt the back of his left thigh. Source: Sponichi 4/20/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yuhei Nakamura took an HBP off his left elbow on Saturday.  He was examined at a hospital in Osaka after the game and diagnosed with a bruise.  He was not in the starting line-up on Sunday, but was available off the bench. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/20/2014
  • Yasuhiro Ogawa was taken off the active roster on Sunday because he was still experiencing pain in his right hand.  Ogawa took a batted ball off his right hand during a game against Hanshin on the 18th.  As a precaution, he will have the hand examined at a hospital in Tokyo on Monday. Source: Sanspo 4/20/2014, Sports Hochi 4/20/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/20/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • Ryo Hijirisawa was taken off the active roster on Sunday because he was not feeling well.  Aoi Enomoto was called up to fill in for Hijirisawa. Source: Sanspo 4/20/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/20/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Takeya Nakamura (back tightness) played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Yokohama on Saturday.  He was the starting designated hitter and batted fourth.  He went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. Source: Sponichi 4/20/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Kenichi Nakata was pulled after eight innings on Saturday against Lotte because he had a cut on the tip of his right thumb.  He got the cut when he threw a slider to Yuta Yoshida in the 5th inning.  He managed to limit Lotte's chances on the base-paths until he walked two straight to start the 8th. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/20/2014