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[9/17/2014] Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima, Chunichi, Yokohama, Yakult

by on Sep.18, 2014 @ 5:08 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tomoyuki Sugano recorded thirteen victories last year in his first year and his eleventh victory of the season on Tuesday. He became the seventh pitcher in franchise history to record eleven or more victories in his first two years in the NPB, first since Tsuneo Horiuchi in 1966 (sixteen victories) and 1967 (twelve victories). Source: Sponichi 9/17/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Takashi Toritani recorded his sixteenth modasho of the year on Wednesday. He tied Yoshio Yoshida for fourth on the franchise's all-time list with 114 career modashos. Source: Sponichi 9/17/2014
  • Mauro Gomez tied Craig Brazell's 2010 franchise record for strikeouts in a season with 153 on Tuesday. The Central League record of 173 was set by Akinori Iwamura in 2004. The NPB record of 204 was set by Ralph Bryant in 1993. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/17/2014, Sponichi 9/17/2014 ... Gomez set a new franchise record with two more strikeouts on Wednesday.
  • If Yutaka Wada returns in 2015, he may have to agree to some changes in the coaching staff, like head coach and Ni-gun manager. Source: Sponichi 9/17/2014
  • Former athlete Nobuharu Asahara spent time giving some of the younger players at Naruohama tips on mental toughness, body usage, and running on Tuesday. Source: Daily Sports 9/17/2014
  • The Tigers are interested in adding Chihiro Kaneko to their rotation and could offer him a four-year deal in the two billion yen range if he exercises his FA option. Source: Daily Sports 9/17/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Brad Eldred set a new franchise record on Tuesday with his 151st strikeout of the season. The previous record of 150 was set by Shota Dobayashi in 2012. Source: Daily Sports 9/17/2014, Sponichi 9/17/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Hitoki Iwase's streak of consecutive seasons with at least thirty saves officially ended at nine years on Wednesday. Iwase has twenty saves this season and the Dragons now have nine games left to play. The veteran has been at Ni-gun since August 9 because of tightness in his left elbow. Source: Daily Sports 9/17/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Tomoko Namba, DeNA founder, former CEO, and current member of the board, is expected to become the Bay Stars' next owner. If she does, she will become the first female owner in NPB history. Current owner Makoto Haruta is planning to step down from his post at the end of the season.

Yakult Swallows

  • Tetsuto Yamada recorded his sixth lead-off home run of the year on Tuesday and tied Takao Sato's six in 1955 for second on the franchise's all-time list for lead-off home runs in one season. Dave Hilton set the franchise record of eight in 1978. Source: Sanspo 9/17/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/17/2014

[9/16/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Sep.17, 2014 @ 4:06 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants suffered their second shutout loss in a row on Monday. The last time they recorded two or more consecutive shutout losses was in 2012 (three straight games, April 5-7). Source: Sponichi 9/16/2014
  • Katsuhiko Kumon's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a girl weighing 3,000 grams, on the 13th at a hospital in Hyogo. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/16/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Team president Nobuo Minami told reporters on Tuesday that they were planning to offer Yutaka Wada a contract for the 2015 season because "managers were not something that should be changed easily." He also added that the team had to perform within reasonable expectations. Source: Daily Sports 9/17/2014
  • Takashi Toritani's personal record for most trips to the plate without a hit was twenty-four, set between September 5, 2012 and September 11, 2012. He avoided tying his record by two with a single to center during his third trip to the plate in the 7th inning of Monday's game against the Yakult Swallows. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/16/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Masahiro Araki became the seventeenth player in NPB history to reach 350 stolen bases on Tuesday. Araki and Morimichi Takagi (369) are the only players in franchise history with 350 or more stolen bases. Source: Sponichi 9/16/2014 ... Araki also became just the third player in NPB history with at least 250 sac hits and 350 or more stolen bases. Source: Sanspo 9/16/2014
  • The Dragons dropped their fifth straight against the Yokohama Bay Stars on Monday. It was their first five-game losing streak against Yokohama since 1998. Source: Sponichi 9/16/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Takayuki Kajitani blasted his third lead-off home run of the month on Monday (September 9, 10, and 15) and became the first player in franchise history to hit three lead-off home runs in one month since Shozo Shigematsu in June 1964. Source: Sports Hochi 9/16/2014, Sponichi 9/16/2014
  • Tony Blanco hit a pinch-hit walk-off home run on Monday against the Chunichi Dragons. It was the eighth pinch-hit walk-off home run in franchise history, first since Masakuni Odajima on July 18, 2003. It was also the fourth pinch-hit walk-off home run by a foreign player in Central League history. The other three: Hal Breeden on September 14, 1977; Glenn Davis on May 1, 1996; and Mark Johnson on July 8, 1999. Monday's game was the seventeenth in Central League history where a team began with a lead-off home run and ended with a walk-off home run, first since Yomiuri on July 30. It was the fourth time the Bay Stars accomplished the feat in franchise history. The other three times: against Hiroshima on April 8, 1961; against Hiroshima on April 22, 2007; and against Seibu on June 21, 2008. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/16/2014 ... Blanco recorded the third walk-off home run and second pinch-hit home run of his career on Monday. Source: Sanspo 9/16/2014
  • The front office is fairly happy with the team's performance under Kiyoshi Nakahata so far this season. They have not set any hard goals for an extension for Nakahata and will wait a little longer to see how things turn out before discussing 2015. Source: Sponichi 9/16/2014
  • Norihiro Nakamura wants to play for a team that needs him and is thinking about exercising his FA option. Source: Sponichi 9/16/2014 ... Yokohama GM Shigeru Takada is planning to meet Nakamura to discuss plans for 2015. Source: Daily Sports 9/16/2014, Sports Hochi 9/16/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows could name Ichi-gun hitting coach Mitsuru Manaka their new manager as early as the 18th. Source: Sports Hochi 9/16/2014
  • If Wladimir Balentien needs surgery to treat his left Achilles, he will most likely require five to six months for a full recovery. He will be going to North Carolina for his tests. Source: Sponichi 9/16/2014

[9/15/2014] Injury Report: Wladimir Balentien (Yakult), Kazuo Matsui (Rakuten)

by on Sep.16, 2014 @ 3:58 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Shinnosuke Abe fouled a pitch off his right ankle during an at bat in the 4th inning of Saturday's game against the Yokohama Bay Stars at Tokyo Dome. Abe was left out of the line-up on Sunday as a precaution. Source: Sanspo 9/15/2014, Daily Sports 9/15/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien will undergo tests on his left Achilles in the United States on the 30th. He will most likely leave the team for the US some time around the 25th. He should be okay for the start of next season, even if he requires surgery. Source: Sponichi 9/15/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • Kazuo Matsui was removed from Saturday's game against the Seibu Lions at Seibu Dome with pain in his lower back. He was feeling discomfort in his lower back during pre-game practices and was replaced after striking out in the top of the 1st as a precaution. Source: Sanspo 9/15/2014

[9/14/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Sep.15, 2014 @ 4:44 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hector Mendoza could make his Ichi-gun debut on the 21st against Yakult at Tokyo Dome. There could be other opportunities to pitch if/when the Giants clinch first place. Sponichi 9/14/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers gave up seventeen runs at Koshien to the Hiroshima Carp on Saturday. The last time they gave up seventeen runs at Koshien was when they lost a game to the Giants, 18-3 on April 16, 1950. The most runs they allowed in a game was twenty-two to Chunichi on October 6, 1950 (22-9). Source: Sanspo 9/14/2014, Sponichi 9/14/2014 ... The seventeen runs allowed to Hiroshima set a new record for the Tigers. Prior to Saturday, in 1,665 games against Hiroshima, the most Hanshin ever allowed in one game was sixteen (twice). Source: Nikkan Sports 9/14/2014
  • Yuta Iwasada was an alternate 1st round draft pick for the Tigers during the 2013 draft. Daichi Osera was their "true" 1st round draft pick, but was lost to Hiroshima in the lottery. The two faced each other on Saturday and became the second alternate and "true" 1st round draft picks in franchise history to pitch against each other in their first year in the NPB, first since Shinichi Kondo (in relief for Chunichi) and Takashi Inomata (as a starter for Hanshin) on August 29, 1987. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/14/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Katsuki Matayoshi has appeared in fifty-nine games this season. Daisuke Sobue has appeared in fifty-one games this season. The Dragons are the first team in the Central League to have to rookie pitchers on the roster with fifty or more appearances in their first year in the NPB since Kokutetsu in 1950 (Mototoshi Tahara with fifty-six and Akira Takahashi with fifty-two). Source: Sponichi 9/14/2014

Yakult Swallows

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 5 – Chunichi Dragons 5 (September 14, 2014)

by on Sep.14, 2014 @ 4:01 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Yakult Swallows vs Chunichi Dragons @ Nagoya Dome - 14:00
Starters: Ogawa, Yasuhiro (YAK) 8-5, 3.78 - Yamamoto, Masahiro (CHU) 1-0, 0.00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Yakult 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 9 1
Chunichi 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 5 13 0

Attendance: 30936 | Time: 4h39m | Yakult leads series, 12-11-1

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[9/12/2014] Yakult Swallows: Mitsuru Manaka a strong managerial candidate for 2015

by on Sep.13, 2014 @ 1:34 am, under NPB
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Sanspo reported on Friday morning that the Yakult Swallows were getting on board to name Ichi-gun hitting coach Mitsuru Manaka their next manager. They also mentioned that a decision could be made some time as early as next week. Team president and acting owner Tsuyoshi Kinugasa told reporters he had "nothing to say at this time. No comment."

Junji Ogawa has managed the Swallows since he took over as interim manager partway through the 2010 season. The team had its best year under Ogawa in 2011 when it finished in second place with a 70-59-15 record. They dropped to third place in 2012 (68-65-11) and last place in 2013 (57-83-4). They are again in last place this year with a 53-70-2 record. In speaking to reporters, Ogawa said, "I feel responsible for what has happened. I can only accept what the organization has planned."

A Kyodo News report later in the evening confirmed that Manaka was a "strong candidate."

Source: Sanspo 9/12/2014Nikkan Sports 9/12/2014, Sports Hochi 9/12/2014, Daily Sports 9/12/2014