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Yomiuri Giants 4 – Tokyo Yakult Swallows 8 (April 15, 2014)

by on Apr.15, 2014 @ 9:04 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Yomiuri Giants vs Yakult Swallows @ Shizuoka Kusanagi Baseball Stadium - 18:30
Starters: Seddon, Chris (YOM) 1-0, 1.04 - Narveson, Chris (YAK) 0-1, 7.50

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Yomiuri 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 1 4 7 0
Yakult 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 X 8 10 0

Attendance: 15955 | Time: 3h14m | Yakult leads series, 1-0-0

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[4/14/2014] Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Apr.14, 2014 @ 11:54 pm, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • Masahiro Yamamoto threw close to fifty pitches in the bullpen on Monday.  He is slated to start a Ni-gun game on the 17th against Hiroshima at Nagoya Stadium.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/14/2014
  • To commemorate Daola's twentieth anniversary, his next book (split into four parts) will be available for purchase in both Japan and the United States through iBooks and Google Play Books.  The first part will be released on April 18 at 185 yen.  The other three parts will be released on April 25 at 232 yen each.  Source: official announcement

Yokohama Bay Stars

Yakult Swallows

  • Ryosuke Yagi will most likely get a start on the 16th against Yomiuri at Jingu.  He threw fifty-five pitches in the bullpen on Monday.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/14/2014
  • 3rd round draft pick Ryo Akiyoshi will be moving to the bullpen from the starting rotation.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/14/2014
  • Wladimir Balentien homered in his fourth straight game on Sunday.  He joined Roberto Petagine and Alex Ramirez as the only players in franchise history to hit home runs in four or more games three times during their stints with the team.  Petagine: five games twice, four games once.  Ramirez: five games in 2003, four games in 2004 and 2005.  Balentien: four games in August 2011, June 2013, and April 2014.  Sadaharu Oh and Randy Bass hold the NPB record with seven games (1972 and 1986, respectively).  Source: Sponichi 4/14/2014, Sanspo 4/14/2014
  • Talento Mai Yamagishi will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before a game against the Yomiuri Giants at Jingu Stadium on the 16th.  Source: official announcement

[4/13/2014] Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yakult Swallows

by on Apr.14, 2014 @ 12:02 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Randy Messenger became the third foreign pitcher in franchise history to reach the forty win milestone on Friday.  Source: Daily Sorts 4/12/2014
  • Minoru Iwata joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts on Saturday.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/12/2014
  • Shintaro Fujinami turned twenty on Saturday.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/12/2014
  • Takashi Toritani recorded his eleventh four-hit game on Saturday, second against the Yomiuri Giants game.

Hiroshima Carp

  • Tomonori Maeda got a plaque at Mazda Stadium commemorating the twenty-four years he spent in the organization as a player (1990-2013).  Source: official announcement
  • Bryan Bullington's wife and three children arrived in Japan on the 7th.  Source: Daily Sports 4/12/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yasuhiro Ogawa joined Hiromu Matsuoka as the only starters in franchise history to get opening day starts and win three or more games in a row.  Matsuoka was the opening day starter in 1971 and won four in a row as the starting pitcher.  Ogawa was the opening day starter this year and has so far won three games in a row as the starting pitcher.  Source: Sponichi 4/12/2014

[4/12/2014] Injury Report: Kenta Maeda (Hiroshima), Ryosuke Morioka (Yakult)

by on Apr.12, 2014 @ 11:43 pm, under NPB
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Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda was pulled from Saturday's game against Chunichi after throwing sixty-six pitches through five innings.  Kenjiro Nomura later told reporters he was removed as a precaution because of tightness in his right elbow, which was something he had before the start of the game.  The Carp will wait to see how Maeda is feeling on Sunday before deciding what steps to take next.  According to a number of reports, he has some inflammation near his right triceps brachii muscle.  Also of note: a number of MLB scouts were in the stands, including Marty Brown (Nationals), Yuichi "Joe" Furukawa (Rangers), and Mack Hayashi (Diamondbacks).  Source: Daily Sports 4/12/2014, Sports Hochi 4/12/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/12/2014, Sponichi 4/12/2014, Sponichi 4/12/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Toshiki Kurobane took an HBP off his right hand on Friday.  He was examined at a hospital in Yokohama and diagnosed with a fracture in his right thumb.  He was taken off the active roster on Saturday.  He will require about a month for a full recovery.  Source: Sports Hochi 4/12/2014, Sponichi 4/12/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Ryosuke Morioka got hurt during Friday's game against Yokohama.  He was examined at a hospital in Tokyo and diagnosed with a strain in his right side (internal oblique).  He will require three to four weeks for a full recovery.  Source: Jiji Press 4/12/2014, Sponichi 4/12/2014

[4/11/2014] Injury Report: Tony Blanco (Yokohama), Ryosuke Morioka (Yakult)

by on Apr.12, 2014 @ 12:31 am, under NPB
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Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Tony Blanco was pulled from Friday's game on defense in the 3rd with discomfort in the back of his left thigh.  He may not be able to play on Saturday.  Toshiki Kurobane was taken out of the game after taking an HBP off his right hand in the 9th.  3rd round draft pick Hiroki Minei could be called up if Kurobane is unable to play.  Source: Sponichi 4/11/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Ryosuke Morioka hurt his right side when he hit a single to right in the 6th inning of Friday's game against Yokohama.  He remained in the game and was replaced by a pinch-runner after picking up his third hit of the game, an infield single in the 8th.  He is considered day-to-day.  Source: Sponichi 4/11/2014