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[10/15/2014] Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.16, 2014 @ 1:26 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • Leandro Mella will return to the United States on the 16th. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/15/2014
  • Hitoki Iwase is not ready to call it quits, but is prepared to approach next season as if it might be his last -- if he cannot be a closer, he will either be fired or will quit. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/15/2014
  • Kazuki Yoshimi, Daisuke Yamai, and Iwase began their workouts at World Wing training facilities on Wednesday. Source: Sanspo 10/15/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Fall practices began at Bay Stars Stadium in Yokosuka on Tuesday. Source: Sponichi 10/15/2014
  • General manager Shigeru Takada met coaches at the Ni-gun facilities in Yokosuka on Tuesday. A number of changes were decided. Hitting/strategy coach Tatsuya Shindo will become head coach; Ni-gun manager Iwao Omura will be re-assigned to Ichi-gun hitting coach; and assistant general manager Daisuke Yamashita will take over as Ni-gun manager. Source: Sports Hochi 10/15/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yoshinori Sato (right shoulder) will not get to pitch during the Phoenix League. He is scheduled to participate in fall practices that begins at Jingu on the 18th. Source: Sponichi 10/15/2014 ... Yoshinori could attend fall camp depending on his condition during fall practices. Source: Daily Sports 10/15/2014

[10/14/2014] Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.15, 2014 @ 2:56 am, under NPB
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Hiroshima Carp

Chunichi Dragons

  • Yuta Muto is planning to work on pitching from the wind-up. Source: Sanspo 10/14/2014
  • Katsuki Matayoshi left for the Dominican Republic out of Chubu International Airport on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/13/2014
  • Kazuki Yoshimi (right elbow, right wrist) threw thirty pitches to a half-squatting catcher during workouts on Monday. He is hoping to close fall camp out by throwing to a squatting catcher. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/13/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows would like to play up to four exhibition games against outside teams during fall camp in November. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/14/2014
  • Yoshinori Sato (right shoulder) is tossing about two bullpen session a week. He is hoping to attend Ichi-gun fall camp. Source: Daily Sports 10/14/2014
  • The turf will be replaced at Jingu Stadium for the first time since 2008. The old turf will be used to replace the tattered turf in the indoor training facility. The mound will also be touched up. Total construction will cost an estimated 300 million yen. Source: Sanspo 10/14/2014, Sanspo 10/14/2014

[10/12/2014] Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.13, 2014 @ 5:39 am, under NPB
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Hiroshima Carp

Chunichi Dragons

  • Fall practices at Nagoya Stadium on Monday will not be open to the public due to poor weather conditions caused by Typhoon #19. Source: official announcement
  • Motonobu Tanishige spent roughly twenty minutes signing autographs for about 200 fans during fall practices at Nagoya Stadium on Saturday. Source: Sponichi 10/12/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Yulieski Gourriel began his trip back to Cuba out of Haneda Airport on Sunday. Before leaving, he told reporters he did okay in Japan, but could probably do more next year since he should be able to play a full season. Source: Sponichi 10/12/2014
  • The Bay Stars are the only NPB team without a Climax Series win. Source: Sponichi 10/12/2014
  • Yokohama was not planning to offer Ni-gun coach Itaru Ninomiya a contract for 2015, but changed course and asked him to return. Source: Sponichi 10/12/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Keiji Iwahashi was taken off the active roster on July 12 with pain in his left elbow. He ended up having surgery on the elbow on September 5. He will require about three months for a full recovery and should be able to resume throwing before the end of the year. He did some running outdoors on Saturday for the first time since his surgery. Source: Sanspo 10/12/2014
  • There will be no head coach next season. Mitsuru Manaka said during a radio interview that he will probably turn to Hajime Miki for support. Miki was a Ni-gun infield/base coach this year. He is expected to get a promotion to Ichi-gun strategy/infield/base coach during the off-season. Source: Sponichi 10/12/2014
  • Orlando Roman returned to Puerto Rico on Sunday. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/12/2014

[10/11/2014] Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.12, 2014 @ 5:38 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons announced that Katsuki Matayoshi will be attending the winter league in the Dominican Republic. He will be playing on Tigres del Licey. Source: official announcement ... One of Matayoshi's goals this off-season is to learn the shuto. Training coach/interpreter Watari Sumida and trainer Masanori Kanemura are expected to accompany Matayoshi to the Dominican Republic. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/11/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Tomoya Mikami felt discomfort in his left eye and was examined at a hospital in Yokohama on September 28. He was diagnosed with pterygium and is expected to go under the knife within the next few days. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/10/2014
  • The Bay Stars hold an option on Tony Blanco for the 2015 season. General manager Shigeru Takada hinted that they might let him go. "How many games did he miss this year? He suffered three or four muscle strains. You guys wouldn't be asking me [about him] if he was putting up numbers like he did in the past." He added, "He went home saying he was going to lose ten kilograms last year, but he didn't." Source: Daily Sports 10/10/2014
  • There is interest in Daisuke Yamai. Source: Sanspo 10/11/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Orlando Roman threw forty-five pitches in the bullpen after Thursday's Phoenix Laeague game was rained out. He returned to the United States on Saturday. He would like to play for Yakult next year. The organization is thinking about offering him a new contract. Source: Sanspo 10/11/2014
  • The media learned that Ni-gun manager Akimitsu Ito will return next year. Ito has a connection with new Ichi-gun manager Mitsuru Manaka: when Manaka was Ni-gun manager last year, Ito was the pitching coach. Source: Sponichi 10/10/2014
  • The Swallows could add a third pitching coach to their Ni-gun staff next year. Source: Sponichi 10/11/2014

[10/9/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.10, 2014 @ 5:50 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hisayoshi Chono does not have any interest in coaching because he feels he is not a good teacher. Source: ZakZak 10/9/2014
  • Tomoyuki Sugano got additional tests on his right elbow. There was no change in diagnosis. Source: Sanspo 10/9/2014, Sponichi 10/9/2014
  • Yoshinobu Takahashi (right middle finger) will not be ready for the Climax Series. Source: Sanspo 10/9/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Wednesday's Phoenix League game against Seibu: Ryoma Matsuda tossed a shutout inning in relief and struck out two. Of the fourteen pitches he threw, twelve were fastballs. He topped out at 149km/h. Source: Sanspo 10/9/2014, Daily Sports 10/9/2014 ... Yuta Iwasada tossed a perfect inning in relief. Source: Sanspo 10/9/2014 ... Ryota Arai got the start in right and batted clean-up. He recorded a double in the 5th inning. Source: Sanspo 10/9/2014 ... Tsuyoshi Nishioka got the start at third and went 0-for-1 with a walk and a sac fly. Source: Sanspo 10/9/2014
  • Atsushi Nomi suffered a cut on his left ring finger while pitching in a Phoenix League game against Yokohama on Tuesday. He did not appear to have any trouble throwing the ball during a game of catch on Wednesday. Source: Sanspo 10/9/2014
  • Seung-Hwan Oh could be stretched to pitch up to two innings in all three First Stage games. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/9/2014
  • Team owner Shinya Sakai is scheduled to visit Koshien on Friday. He could offer Yutaka Wada an extension for the 2015 season on the same day. Source: Sanspo 10/9/2014, Daily Sports 10/9/2014, Sponichi 10/9/2014, Sponichi 10/9/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/9/2014
  • Tickets to Game 1 and 2 of the First Stage of the Climax Series sold out at a little before 1:00pm on the day they became available on Wednesday (October 8). Tickets for Game 3 were sold out later in the day, some time after 6:00pm. Matt Murton is hoping to see a lot more yellow in the stands than red (there were a large number of Hiroshima fans last year). Source: Sponichi 10/9/2014
  • Tomoaki Kanemoto could join the staff as a hitting coach next year. Source: Sports Hochi 10/9/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Out of respect for Kenjiro Nomura, the front office does not plan on making any moves to find a new manager until the team's fate has been decided. They are fully prepared to attend the draft without a manager. Source: Sponichi 10/9/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • In addition to Ginjiro Sumitani, the Dragons could also be interested in Chihiro Kaneko. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/9/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/9/2014
  • Daisuke Yamai is still waiting to hear from Chunichi. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/9/2014
  • The Dragons held a press conference to introduce Masahiro Doi as a special coach that will be working with the team from fall practices to spring camp next year. They also introduced Akinori Otsuka as their new pitching coach. He was assigned the number seventy-four. Source: official announcement, Sanspo 10/9/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Fall practices will begin on the 18th at Jingu Gaien. Fall camp will begin in early-November in Matsuyama, Ehime. Source: Sanspo 10/9/2014
  • When new manager Mitsuru Manaka was asked what he wanted to improve the team, he said pitchers. The Swallows will most likely go after pitchers during the draft and could also go after pitchers on the free agent market. There may be interest in Daisuke Yamai and Yoshihisa Naruse. Source: Sponichi 10/9/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/9/2014

[10/7/2014] Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.08, 2014 @ 11:26 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • Head coach Shigekazu Mori would like Katsuki Matayoshi to work on a pitch with sinking action during the off-season. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/7/2014
  • Daniel Cabrera (33) would like to return to Chunichi next year, but will also consider offers from other NPB teams. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/7/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Masanori Hayashi is thinking about exercising his FA option. If he does, a number of teams, including Hanshin and Lotte, could be interested. Source: Sports Hochi 10/8/2014, Sponichi 10/8/2014
  • The Bay Stars are planning to make hitting coach/strategy coach Tetsuya Shindo their head coach next year. Ni-gun manager/hitting coach Iwao Omura could be promoted to Ichi-gun hitting coach. Source: Sports Hochi 10/8/2014 ... Ichi-gun hitting coach Masaaki Koike could be re-assigned to Ichi-gun outfield/base-running coach and assistant general manager Daisuke Yamashita could return as Ni-gun manager. The Bay Stars are expected offer Katsuya Udo a Ni-gun pitching coach job. Source: Sponichi 10/8/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Hiroyasu Tanaka (32) and Ryoji Aikawa (38) have been asked to return next season. Source: Sports Hochi 10/8/2014
  • The Swallows announced that Wladmir Balentien had surgery to remove spurs and fluid from his heel, in addition to cleaning out the area around his left Achillles tendon. He will likely require six months for a full recovery. Source: Sports Hochi 10/7/2014, Sponichi 10/7/2014
  • Since 1970, three players have hit grand slams on 3-0 pitches: Carmelo Martinez on April 16, 1992; Julio Zuleta on August 26, 2006; and Tetsuto Yamada on October 6, 2014. Yamada has 192 hits this year and is one hit away from tying Kensuke Tanaka's NPB record for hits in a single season by a second baseman. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/7/2014 ... Ichiro Suzuki recorded 210 hits during the year he turned twenty-one. Yamada, with 192 hits in the year he turned twenty-two, is the only other player in NPB history to record 192 or more hits in the year they turned twenty-two or younger. Source: Sponichi 10/7/2014 ... Yamada picked up another hit on Tuesday and ended the year with 193 hits. That's third most in a season by a right-handed hitter in NPB history, behind Matt Murton's 214 in 2010 and Alex Ramirez's 204 in 2007. Source: Sponichi 10/7/2014
  • Five players with enough plate appearances to qualify for a hitting title finished with batting averages above .300: Yamada, Shingo Kawabata, Yuhei, Kazuhiro Hatakeyama, and Wladmir Balentien. They are the fourth Central League team to field five hitters with averages above .300 in one season since Hanshin in 2010. Source: Sponichi 10/8/2014

[10/8/2014] Yakult Swallows: Mitsuru Manaka named next manager

by on Oct.08, 2014 @ 8:30 am, under NPB
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According to a report by Nikkan Sports, the Yakult Swallows have decided to make chief hitting coach Mitsuru Manaka (43) their next manager. The decision will be made during a press conference later today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/8/2014

[UPDATE @ 9:24am]

Sports Hochi is also reporting that there is a good chance Ni-gun battery coach Katsunori Nomura, Ni-gun hitting coach Ryuji Miyade, and Ni-gun infield/base-running coach Hajime Miki will be promoted to Ichi-gun.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/8/2014

[UPDATE @ 4:13pm]

The Swallows held a press conference at their team offices earlier today to introduce Manaka as their new manager. According to Sponichi, the two sides agreed to a three-year deal.

They also officially announced that the following coaches will not be returning next year:

  • Head coach Shinichi Sato
  • Infield/base-running coach Noriyuki Shiroishi
  • Battery coach Kosei Ono

Source: official announcement, official announcement, Sponichi 10/8/2014

[UPDATE 10/9 @ 5:47pm]

According to Chunichi Shimbun, Manaka signed a three-year deal worth an estimated seventy million yen a year. He will keep his uniform number, seventy-seven.

Source: Chunichi Shimbun 10/9/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars 4 – Tokyo Yakult Swallows 3 (October 7, 2014)

by on Oct.07, 2014 @ 5:00 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Yokohama Bay Stars vs Yakult Swallows @ Jingu Stadium - 18:00
Starters: Kubo, Yasutomo (YOK) 12-6, 3.29 - Ogawa, Yasuhiro (YAK) 9-5, 3.77

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

Attendance: 18796 | Time: 3h28m | Yokohama leads series, 16-8-0

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[10/6/2014] Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima, Chunichi, Yokohama, Yakult

by on Oct.07, 2014 @ 4:33 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Hanshin Tigers

  • Tuesday's Phoenix League game against Yokohama will be played under a special ten-inning rule. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/6/2014 ... Five pitchers are scheduled to pitch in the game: three innings each: Atsushi Nomi and Shintaro Fujinami (or Randy Messenger); one inning each: Yuya Ando, Shinobu Fukuhara, Seung-Hwan Oh, and Kazuya Takamiya in the 10th. Source: Daily Sports 10/6/2014, Sanspo 10/6/2014
  • The Tigers were slated to arrive in Miyazaki on Sunday, but pushed their travel plans back a day due to Typhoon #18. Source: Daily Sports 10/5/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Ryosuke Kikuchi hit two doubles on Monday and set a new franchise record for doubles in a season with thirty-eight. The previous record of thirty-seven was held by Luis Lopez (1997) and Kenta Kurihara (2007). Source: Daily Sports 10/6/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/6/2014
  • The Carp held a retirement ceremony for Ryuji Yokoyama after Monday's game against the Yomiuri Giants. Source: Sponichi 10/6/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Junki Ito is slated to start Tuesday's Phoenix League game against Rakuten. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/6/2014
  • Hayato Mizowaki was replaced by Tetsuya Tani on the Phoenix League roster on Sunday because he was not feeling well. Mizowaki will join the Pheonix League roster as soon as he is feeling better. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/5/2014
  • Shuhei Takahashi joined Ni-gun practices at Nagoya Stadium on Saturday. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/5/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Travel plans for Phoenix League players was pushed back a day to Monday because of Typhoon #18. Source: Sponichi 10/5/2014, Sanspo 10/6/2014
  • The Bay Stars want another left-handed starter and are looking into Yoshihisa Naruse in case he decides to exercise his FA option. Source: Sports Hochi 10/6/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Tetsuto Yamada set a new NPB record for hits in a single season by a right-handed Japanese player with 192 on Monday. Yamada started the day with 188 hits and went 4-for-5 against Yokohama. The previous record of 191 hits was set by Fumio Fujimura in 1950. Source: Daily Sports 10/6/2014
  • Yasuhiro Ogawa's start on Sunday was rained out. He threw thirty-nine pitches in the bullpen and started the make-up game on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/5/2014
  • Travel plans for Phoenix League players was pushed back a day to Monday because of Typhoon #18. Source: Sanspo 10/6/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars 6 – Tokyo Yakult Swallows 7 (October 6, 2014)

by on Oct.06, 2014 @ 4:00 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Yokohama Bay Stars vs Yakult Swallows @ Jingu Stadium - 18:00
Starters: Moscoso, Guillermo (YOK) 9-9, 3.32 - Ishiyama, Taichi (YAK) 3-8, 4.53

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Yokohama 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 6 6 1
Yakult 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 4 X 7 11 3

Attendance: 18968 | Time: 3h14m | Yokohama leads series, 15-8-0

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