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[7/21/2014] Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jul.22, 2014 @ 12:05 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • Kazuhiro Wada was hit on the left side of the head with a pitch during his at bat in the 1st inning of Monday's game against the Yokohama Bay Stars.  Wada was taken to a hospital in Yokohama for tests.  No abnormalities were found. Source: Sponichi 7/21/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Noriharu Yamazaki recorded four sac hits during Monday's game against the Chunichi Dragons and became the ninth player in NPB history to accomplish the feat. Source: Daily Sports 7/21/2014
  • Shugo Fujii talked to general manager Shigeru Takada about the organization's plans for him.  He will most likely be used in relief. Source: Sponichi 7/21/2014
  • Yulieski Gourriel could end up missing about two weeks with inflammation in his left side. Source: Sponichi 7/21/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Toshihiro Sugiura (right elbow) pitched in a Ni-gun rehab game against the Futures on Monday.  He tossed two shutout innings and gave up two hits.  He struck out three and threw thirty-two pitches.  It was his first outing since he pitched in a practice game against Chunichi during spring camp on February 19. Source: Sponichi 7/21/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/21/2014
  • Nagisa Arakaki and Hirofumi Yamanaka are scheduled to join the team on the 23rd.  The Swallows will most likely go with a five-man rotation over the first six games of the second-half.  They plan to add a sixth man to the rotation on the 29th.  Arakaki could end up getting a start on the 31st against Hanshin at Koshien. Source: Sanspo 7/21/2014 ... The Swallows will hold a press conference for Arakaki and Yamanaka on the 22nd.  The Ichi-gun coaches will check on the two players over a two day period beginning on the 23rd.  Their assignments will be decided after the two-day "tryout" period. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/21/2014
  • The Swallows' second team shop opened up in Shinjuku on Monday (located in between the stadium and Shinanomachi Station).  About 450 fans lined up outside of the store for the grand opening ceremony. Source: Daily Sports 7/21/2014

[7/20/2014] Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima, Chunichi, Yokohama, Yakult

by on Jul.20, 2014 @ 11:35 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Toshiya Sugiuchi threw thirty-nine pitches in the bullpen at Giants Stadium on Sunday.  He is slated to start Tuesday's game against Hanshin at Koshien. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/20/2014
  • Tetsuya Utsumi threw 131 pitches in the bullpen on Saturday.  He will most likely get a start during the Chunichi series that begins on the 25th at Nagoya Dome. Source: Sanpso 7/20/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Ryoma Matsuda (right elbow) is scheduled to pitch an inning in a Ni-gun rehab intra-squad game on the 23rd.  He could begin pitching in Ni-gun rehab games in August. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/20/2014, Daily Sports 7/20/2014
  • Yuta Iwasada is slated to start a Ni-gun game against Chunichi on the 27th.  If he continues to make good progress at Ni-gun, he could make it to the active roster some time in mid-August. Source: Sanspo 7/20/2014
  • Mauro Gomez took thirty-one swings during batting practice on Saturday and hit seven over the fence. Source: Sanspo 7/20/2014
  • Yoshinori Tateyama threw forty-three pitches, including the forkball, in the bullpen on Saturday.  He will be with the Ni-gun team for a two-game series against Chunichi (July 26-27).  If he pitches well, he could be available for the active roster for the Yakult series that begins on the 29th at Koshien. Source: Sanspo 7/20/2014
  • Randy Messenger's next two starts could come on the 22nd (Yomiuri at Koshien) and 29th (Yakult at Koshien). Source: Sanspo 7/20/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenjiro Nomura is planning to added Ryuji Ichioka (right shoulder) to the active roster on Monday. Source: Daily Sports 7/20/2014
  • Yoshiyuki Ishihara (right shoulder) will replace Yoshikazu Kura on the active roster.  The Carp are planning to carry two catchers -- Ishihara and Tsubasa Aizawa -- at the start of the second-half. Source: Daily Sports 7/20/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Shuhei Takahashi took seventy-seven swings during batting practice at Nagoya Dome on Sunday and hit seven over the fence. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/20/2014
  • Possible starters for the Yokohama series that begins on the 21st at Yokohama: Shinji Iwata, Tatsuro Hamada, Kazuki Yoshimi. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/20/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Kiyoshi Nakahata does not want to lose Taketoshi Goto in the line-up when Tony Blanco returns and is thinking about giving the veteran a look out in left. Source: Daily Sports 7/20/2014 ... Nakahata believes the first six games of the second-half will be very important and could set the tone for the remainder of the season. Source: Sponichi 7/20/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yasuhiro Ogawa threw fifty-five pitches in the bullpen on Saturday.  He will start Monday's game against Hiroshima at Jingu.  His next start after that will most likely come on 27th against Yokohama at Jingu on five days of rest. Source: Sanspo 7/20/2014

[7/20/2014] Yakult Swallows, Softbank Hawks agree to a two-for-two trade

by on Jul.20, 2014 @ 4:38 pm, under NPB
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The Yakult Swallows and Softbank Hawks announced today that they agreed to a two-for-two trade.  The Swallows will send pitcher Ryo Hidaka (24) and infielder Keizo Kawashima (30) to the Hawks for pitchers Nagisa Arakaki (34) and Hirofumi Yamanaka (28).

Source: official announcement (Yakult), official announcement (Softbank)

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[7/16/2014] Injury Report: Yulieski Gourriel (Yokohama), Chris Narveson (Yakult)

by on Jul.17, 2014 @ 4:07 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons are hoping to have Yohei Oshima (right side) back in time for the start of the second-half of the season.  Hector Luna (right elbow) could be ready to return on the 25th. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/16/2014 ... Oshima appeared in Wednesday's game as a pinch-hitter in the 8th and flied out to left.  He is hoping to return to the starting line-up when the second-half of the season resumes on the 21st. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/16/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Yulieski Gourriel left Wednesday's game against Hiroshima on defense in the 3rd because of discomfort in his left side. Source: Sponichi 7/16/2014 ... Gourriel started feeling some discomfort in his left side during his second at bat in the top of the 3rd.  He could visit a hospital for tests on Thursday. Source: Daily Sports 7/16/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/16/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Chris Narveson was slated to start Wednesday's game against the Yomiuri Giants at Tokyo Dome, but was scratched at the last minute because of neck pain he started experiencing during practice on Tuesday. Source: Daily Sports 7/16/2014 ... The injury does not appear to be serious.  The team trainer told reporters it was like he slept on his neck wrong. Source: Sports Hochi 7/16/2014

[7/14/2014] Injury Report: Hector Luna (Chunichi), Craig Brazell (Lotte)

by on Jul.15, 2014 @ 1:09 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • Hector Luna will be taken off the active roster on Tuesday with tightness in his right elbow.  Motonobu Tanshige told reporters the decision was made because they do not expect him to be ready to play right away. Source: Sponichi 7/14/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/14/2014
  • Yohei Oshima did not play in Monday's game against Hanshin because of pain in his side.  He is considered day-to-day. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/14/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien's left Achilles tendon is still only at about seventy-five percent. Source: Sponichi 7/14/2014

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions are planning to add Hideto Asamura (left knee) to the active roster on Tuesday. Source: Sanspo 7/14/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Craig Brazell took an HBP off the right side of his head during Monday's game against Softbank.  It took him a while, but he was ultimately able to walk off the field on his own power.  He was taken to a hospital in Chiba for an evaluation.  No abnormalities were found, other than a bruise.  He is considered day-to-day. Source: Sponichi 7/13/2014 ... Jason Standridge threw the pitch and was visibly concerned about his former teammate.
  • 1st round draft pick Ayumu Ishikawa left Monday's game against Softbank after seven innings because he developed a cramp in his right thumb while throwing practice pitches before the start of the 8th inning (he had a hard time straightening the thumb out). Source: Sponichi 7/14/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/14/2014
  • Katsuya Kakunaka was taken off the active roster on Monday with lower back pain.  The Marines have not yet set a timetable for his return. Source: Sponichi 7/14/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Sho Nakata was replaced by a pinch-runner in Sunday's game against Softbank because of concerns with his left knee.  Nakata has been used as a designated hitter ever since he took an HBP off the knee during a game against Lotte on the 6th.  The knee had to be drained because the swelling was not going away.  He is a question mark for Tuesday's game against Seibu. Source: Sponichi 7/14/2014

[7/13/2014] Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jul.13, 2014 @ 11:39 pm, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Kentaro Sekimoto recorded a pinch-hit grand slam during Sunday's game against the Yomiuri Giants.  Sekimoto became the thirteenth player in franchise history to blast a pinch-hit grand slam, first since Shinjiro Hiyama on August 21, 2007; and sixth player in franchise history to blast a come-from-behind pinch-hit grand slam, first since Hiroshi Yagi on July 30, 2002. Source: Daily Sports 7/13/2014
  • Atsushi Nomi failed to record a strikeout in his start on Saturday against Yomiuri for the first time since June 7, 2008 vs Softbank.  His next start will likely come during a Yomiuri series that begins on the 21st at Koshien. Source: Sanpso 7/13/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda's first start after the All-Star break will most likely come on the 25th against Hanshin at Mazda Stadium. Source: Sports Hochi 7/13/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons will add Ikusei outfielder Kazuyuki Akasaka to the seventy-man roster.  His uniform number will change from 204 to 73.  The move will be finalized on Monday. Source: official announcement
  • Through Saturday: Michihiro Ogasawara joined Kenichi Yazawa (1986) and Hitoshi Taneda (2000) as the only players in franchise history to record hits in six consecutive at bats (not plate appearances). Source: Daily Sports 7/13/2014 ... The Central League record of hits in seven consecutive at bats was set by Makoto Matsubara in 1980.  Ogasawara has also reached based in eight straight trips to the plate.  The Central League record of eleven was set by Taneda in 2000. Source: Sponichi 7/13/2014 ... Ogasawara kept the streak intact on Sunday when he recorded a pinch-hit intentional walk.

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Daisuke Miura picked up his first victory of the season during Sunday's game against the Yakult Swallows.  He has now recorded at least one victory over twenty-two consecutive seasons, beginning in 1993.  Twenty-two seasons tied him with Tetsuya Yoneda (1956-1977).  Kimiyasu Kudo (1985-2007) and Masahiro Yamamoto (1988-2010) hold the NPB record with twenty-three. Source: Daily Sports 7/13/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/13/2014
  • Shun Yamaguchi (July 1) and Guillermo Moscoso (July 12) hit home runs in games this month.  The last time two pitchers on the same team recorded home runs in the same month was Colby Lewis and Kenta Maeda in September 2008.  The last time it happened in franchise history was with Masaji Hiramatsu and Kazuhiko Endo in June 1980. Source: Sponichi 7/13/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yasuhiro Ogawa will most likely make his next start during a Hiroshima series that begins on the 21st at Jingu. Source: Sanspo 7/13/2014