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Yokohama Bay Stars 3 – Tokyo Yakult Swallows 2 (July 25, 2014)

by on Jul.25, 2014 @ 4:00 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Yokohama Bay Stars vs Yakult Swallows @ Jingu Stadium - 18:00
Starters: Ino, Shoichi (YOK) 9-5, 3.59 - Muranaka, Kyohei (YAK) 0-1, 7.11

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Yokohama 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 6 1
Yakult 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 12 1

Attendance: 19917 | Time: 3h58m | Yokohama leads series, 9-3-0

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[7/24/2014] Injury Report: Kazuki Yoshimi (Chunichi), Hideki Okajima (Softbank)

by on Jul.24, 2014 @ 11:46 pm, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • Ryosuke Hirata (left ankle) took batting practice at Nagoya Stadium on Thursday.  He faced three different pitchers and recorded four could-be hits. He could play in his first rehab game some time before the end of the month. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2014
  • Kazuki Yoshimi was taken off the active roster on Thursday with some inflammation in his right elbow.  Yoshimi started feeling tightness in the elbow during his last start on the 23rd.  He was examined at a hospital on Thursday and diagnosed with inflammation.  There were no other abnormalities.  For now, the Dragons plan to skip him once in the starting rotation. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien missed Tuesday's game with pain in his left wrist.  He was examined at a hospital on Wednesday morning.  No abnormalities were found.  He still had some pain in the wrist, but was able to play on Wednesday and hit his first home run since May 31. Source: Sports Hochi 7/24/2014

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions took Yusei Kikuchi off the active roster on Thursday after he developed a blister on his left middle finger during a start on the 22nd. Source: Sanspo 7/24/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Hideki Okajima complained of discomfort in his calf after pre-game practices on Wednesday.  He was taken off the active roster on Thursday as a precaution. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2014 ... Okajima will be examined at a hospital on Friday. Source: Sports Hochi 7/24/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Chihiro Kaneko may have been taken off the active roster on Wednesday with tightness in his neck. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2014

[7/24/2014] Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Jul.24, 2014 @ 11:44 pm, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Yoshinori Tateyama pitched in a Ni-gun intra-squad game on Wednesday.  He entered the game in the 4th and gave up a run on two hits (including a solo home run) over one inning of work. Source: Sanspo 7/24/2014
  • Takumi Akiyama started a Ni-gun intra-squad game on Wednesday and gave up three runs on four hits over three innings of work.  Hiroaki Saiuchi started the game for the Reds and tossed three shutout innings while allowing four hits.  Akiyama, Saiuchi, and Kazuhito Futagami are candidates for a start on the 31st against Yakult at Koshien. Source: Sanspo 7/24/2014
  • Atsushi Nomi's record, broken down by starting catcher: Akihito Fujii - 7 G, 4-3, 4.35 ERA; Kazunari Tsuruoka - 4 G, 0-4, 4.45 ERA; Takashi Shimizu - 3 G, 1-1, 6.75 ERA; Ryutaro Umeno - 2 G, 0-1, 2.76 ERA. Source: Sanspo 7/24/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • The Carp are 8-0-1 in extra innings this year.  The eight-game winning streak set a new franchise high.  The previous record of seven was set in 1970 (7-0-1) and 1985 (8-0-2).  The last time the team recorded eight or more wins in extra innings was in 1996 (9-5-0). Source: Sanpso 7/24/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons posted additional details for fans interested in trying out for the Chunichi Dragons Oendan. Source: official announcement
  • Masahiro Yamamoto started a Ni-gun game against Orix on Wednesday: 5.0 IP, 17 BF, 58 NP, 4 H, 2 SO, 0 BB, 1 R, 1 ER.  Kenshin Kawakami relieved Yamamoto in the 6th: 3.0 IP, 19 BF, 84 NP, 5 H, 2 SO, 4 BB, 6 R, 5 ER. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Newly added Hirofumi Yamanaka will most likely be added to the active roster on Friday. Source: Sanspo 7/24/2014

[7/23/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Jul.24, 2014 @ 12:00 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Yoshinobu Takahashi hit a game-tying pinch-hit solo home run in the bottom of the 9th with two out against Hanshin on Tuesday.  He became the first Giant to tie a game in the bottom of the 9th with a pinch-hit, two-out home run since Koji Goto hit a three-run blast against Hanshin on April 11, 2003. Source: Sponichi 7/23/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Yuta Iwasada started a Ni-gun intra-squad game on Tuesday.  He pitched three innings and gave up two runs on three hits.  He also walked three, allowed two stolen bases, and threw one wild pitch.  He is scheduled to start a Ni-gun game against Chunichi on the 26th. Source: Sanspo 7/23/2014
  • Kazuyuki Kaneda picked up his first career victory with just one pitch on Tuesday.  He became the thirty-sixth pitcher in the NPB, nineteenth in the Central League, to record a win with one pitch, first since Yomiuri's Mizuki Tsuchida on June 15, 2014.  He joined Tatsuhiro Yuminaga (October 21, 1993) and Minoru Kasai (August 3, 2000) as the only pitchers in franchise history to win a game with one pitch. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/23/2014, Sanspo 7/23/2014
  • Kosuke Fukudome recorded his third career walk-off home run during Tuesday's game against the Yomiuri Giants -- April 2, 2003 against Yakult; April 19, 2013 vs Yakult; July 22, 2014 vs Yomiuri.  He became the first player in franchise history to hit a walk-off home run against Yomiuri in the 12th inning or later. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/23/2014 ... The Tigers have hit thirteen walk-off home runs against the Giants.  Fukudome joined Fumio Fujimura (1951, 10th inning) and Yasushi Tao (1988, 10th inning) as the only players in franchise history to hit a walk-off home run against the Giants. Source: Sponichi 7/23/2014
  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka is slated to earn his FA option this year (needs one more day on the active roster).  A team official indicated that the organization wanted him back next year. Source: Sanspo 7/23/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • On Wednesday, the Carp set a new franchise record by extending their winning streak in extra innings to eight this season (8-0-1). Source: Sponichi 7/23/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Tatsuro Hamada will most likely make his next start during a series against Hiroshima that begins on the 29th. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/23/2014
  • On Tuesday, Motonobu Tanishige became the first player/manager to hit a home run since Katsuya Nomura in 1977; and the first player/manager in the Central League since Fumio Fujimura since 1956. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/23/2014, Sanspo 7/23/2014 ... At forty-three-years and seven months, Tanishige joined Tomoaki Kanemoto (forty-four years and five months) and Takeshi Yamasaki (forty-three years and eight months) as the only as the only players in Central League history to hit a home run at forty-three years and seven months or older. Source: Sponichi 7/23/2014
  • Former Dragon Takeshi Yamasaki will be participating in the GAZOO Racing 86/BRZ Race at Fuji Speedway on the 26th. Source: Sponichi 7/23/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Newcomers Nagisa Arakaki and Hirofumi Yamanaka joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts on Wednesday.  They tossed bullpen sessions under the watchful eyes of the coaches (Arakaki about sixty pitches and Yamanaka forty-eight pitches). Source: Sponichi 7/23/2014

Hiroshima Toyo Carp 4 – Tokyo Yakult Swallows 2 (July 23, 2014)

by on Jul.23, 2014 @ 4:00 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Hiroshima Carp vs Yakult Swallows @ Jingu Stadium - 18:00
Starters: Toda, Takaya (HIR) 1-1, 2.95 - Ishiyama, Taichi (YAK) 1-4, 5.32

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

Attendance: 29883 | Time: 4h27m | Hiroshima leads series, 9-4-0

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[7/22/2014] Injury Report: Wladimir Balentien (Yakult), Yusei Kikuchi (Seibu)

by on Jul.23, 2014 @ 3:18 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Yoshiyuki Kamei returned to the starting line-up on Monday for the first time in six games.  Kamei was apparently having problems with tightness in his right calf. Source: Sponichi 7/22/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka was not available to play on Tuesday because of tightness in his back. Source: Sports Hochi 7/22/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Kazuhiro Wada took an HBP off the left side of his head during Monday's game against Yokohama.  Tests at a hospital did not reveal any abnormalities.  He did participate in pre-game warm-ups on Tuesday, but did not take part in other workouts like batting practice.  Yokohama's Shun Yamaguchi briefly met with Wada before the game to apologize for the pitch he threw.  He did not play on Tuesday and instead rested.  He is considered day-to-day. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/22/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien did not play on Tuesday because of pain in his left wrist.  He tweaked the wrist during his first at bat on Monday.  He was available off the bench as a pinch-hitter.  He will be examined at a hospital on Wednesday as a precaution. Source: Sports Hochi 7/22/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/22/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Yusei Kikuchi left Tuesday's game against Rakuten after two innings because he developed a blister on his left middle finger. Source: Sponichi 7/22/2014

[7/22/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jul.23, 2014 @ 3:09 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Yoshinori Tateyama is scheduled to pitch in a Ni-gun game intra-squad game on the 23rd. Source: Sanspo 7/22/2014
  • Through Monday, the Tigers are 19-11-1 in games when Rytaro Umeno gets the start at catcher. Source: Sponichi 7/22/2014
  • The baseball from Seung Hwan Oh's 300th save game will be placed on temporary display at the Museum of Hanshin Koshien Stadium, beginning on Wednesday, July 23.  The ball will be returned to Oh after the museum is finished with it. Source: Sanspo 7/22/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Motonobu Tanishige knocked out his first home run of the season in the 2nd inning of Tuesday's game against the Yokohama Bay Stars.  He set a new record with twenty-six consecutive seasons with at least one home run (1989-2014).  He entered the day tied with Katsuya Nomura (1956-1980). Source: Sponichi 7/22/2014
  • The Dragons are looking to establish a new oendan. Source: official announcement ... The Dragons announced that the four oendan groups placed on hold earlier this year were not cleared for permits (Dragons Aiko-kai, Nagoya Dragons-kai, Nagoya Tatsuru-kai, and the Hokuriku Dragons Oendan).  Additional information can be found at the announcement link. Source: official announcement

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Shun Yamaguchi joined Shota Oba (July 30, 2009 and September 19, 2011) and Masaru Nakamura (April 29, 2013) as the only pitchers in NPB history to start a game and get ejected for throwing a dangerous pitch before recording a single out.  Yamaguchi was tossed after throwing just five pitches and set a NPB record.  The previous record of six was set by Masaki Saito on July 1, 1994, Oba in 2011, and Nakamura in 2013. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/22/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows held a press conference for Nagisa Arakaki and Hirofumi Yamanaka on Tuesday.  Arakaki was assigned the number forty-five, Yamanaka the number sixty-eight. Source: official announcement

Hiroshima Toyo Carp 7 – Tokyo Yakult Swallows 4 (July 22, 2014)

by on Jul.22, 2014 @ 4:00 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Hiroshima Carp vs Yakult Swallows @ Jingu Stadium - 18:00
Starters: Bullington, Bryan (HIR) 7-7, 4.22 - Yagi, Ryosuke (YAK) 4-4, 4.20

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Hiroshima 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 3 7 14 1
Yakult 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 8 0

Attendance: 22045 | Time: 3h35m | Hiroshima leads series, 8-4-0

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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