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[8/23/2014] Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima, Chunichi, Yokohama, Yakult

by on Aug.24, 2014 @ 2:59 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants played in their second straight extra inning game on Friday and recorded victories in back-to-back extra inning games for the first time since 2005 (August 12 and 13). Source: Nikkan Sports 8/23/2014
  • On Friday, Jose Lopez recorded the organization's first walk-off sac hit since Michihiro Ogasawara on June 7, 2010.  He also became the first foreign player in franchise history to achieve the feat.  The Giants have recorded walk-off victories in five consecutive months (April-August).  The last time they did that was in 2002 (April-September). Source: Sponichi 8/23/2014
  • Kazunari Sanematsu's father died of multiple myeloma at 2:25pm on Saturday.  He was fifty-eight.  Sanematsu learned of his father's death in an e-mail he received after practices on the same day. Source: Daily Sports 8/23/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Yutaka Wada turned down a post-game press conference on Saturday for the first time in his third year as manager of the team. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/23/2014
  • Takashi Toritani played in his 399th straight game at shortstop (everything inning of every game) on Saturday. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/23/2014 ... Toritani tied his own NPB record of 398 on Friday.  His previous streak began on May 11, 2005 and ended on September 28, 2007.  His current streak began on March 30, 2012. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/23/2014
  • Against Hiroshima's Kenta Maeda, the Tigers are 8-14 in twenty-eight games with a .222 batting average (159-for-715) and fifteen home runs. Source: Sanspo 8/23/2014

Hiroshima Carp 

Chunichi Dragons

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Hisanori Takahashi could get a start on the 29th against his former team the Yomiuri Giants.  Takahashi started a Ni-gun game against Yakult on the 17th and tossed five shutout innings. Source: Daily Sports 8/23/2014

Yakult Swallows

Yokohama Bay Stars 2 – Tokyo Yakult Swallows 4 (August 23, 2014)

by on Aug.23, 2014 @ 4:01 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Yokohama Bay Stars vs Yakult Swallows @ Botchan Stadium - 18:00
Starters: Moscoso, Guillermo (YOK) 8-6, 3.46 - Ishiyama, Taichi (YAK) 2-5, 5.16

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

Attendance: 15680 | Time: 3h56m | Yokohama leads series, 13-5-0

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[8/22/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Aug.23, 2014 @ 3:24 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants recorded their twelfth extra-inning victory on Thursday.  They have recorded twelve or more victories in extra innings two other times in the past: twelve in 1996 and fourteen in 2002.  The fourteen victories in 2002 tied the Central League record set by Chunichi in 1967. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/22/2014, Sponichi 8/22/2014 ... The Giants picked up another victory in extra innings on Friday.

Hanshin Tigers

  • Matt Murton, Kosuke Fukudome, and interpreter Kazuhito Oki took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (challenged by his cousin) after practices on Thursday. Fukudome was challenged by Murton.  Among the people challenged by the three was Munenori Kawasaki. Source: Daily Sports 8/22/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Junpei Ono was taken off the active roster after failing to properly waste a pitch while facing Toshiki Kurobane during Thursday's game against the Yokohama Bay Stars.  Kurobane ended up recording a squeeze bunt on the pitch Ono was suppose to waste. Source: Sponichi 8/22/2014, Nikkan Sports 8/22/2014
  • Hiroshima landslide relief/aid: the coaches, players, and the organization donated ten million yen to the Chugoku Shimbun Social Welfare Services Corporation and the organization donated ten million yen to Hiroshima City. Source: Sports Hochi 8/22/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yasuhiro Ogawa threw forty-five pitches from the mound at Botchan Stadium in preparation for his next start on the 24th against Yokohama. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/22/2014
  • The Swallows signed an agreement to hold their fall camp in Matsuyama, Ehime for three years beginning in 2015.  The Swallows have been using Matsuyama for their fall camp destination since 2004. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/22/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Daisuke Miura extended his winning streak to five on Thursday.  He is the fifth player in NPB history to put together streaks of five or more victories after turning forty.  The record of seven was set by Masahiro Yamamoto in 2008.  Miura joined Yamamoto as the only two pitchers over forty to record five victories in five consecutive games.  Miura owns a 0.50 ERA over the five games.  He is the only pitcher over forty to record an ERA under 1.00 during his streak. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/22/2014, Sponichi 8/22/2014 ... The other four pitchers over forty that recorded streaks of five or more victories: Masahiro Yamamoto (seven-game winning streak in 2008 at forty-three; five-game winning streak in 2010 at forty-five), Masato Yoshii (six-game winning streak in 2005 at forty), Yutaka Ono (five-game winning streak in 1996 at forty-one), and Kimiyasu Kudo (five-game winning streak in 2004 at forty-one). Source: Sanspo 8/22/2014 ... Miura picked up his fifth victory of the season on Thursday and became the nine pitcher (fifth right-handed pitcher) in NPB history to record five or more wins during the season in which they turn (or turned) forty-one. Source: Sponichi 8/22/2014

[8/21/2014] Injury Report: Kyohei Muranaka (Yakult), Kazuya Fukuura (Lotte)

by on Aug.22, 2014 @ 2:47 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hisayoshi Chono was removed from Thursday's game against the Yakult Swallows after he made a nice catch in right-center in the 9th and started feeling discomfort in his right knee.  The Giants will wait to see how Chono is feeling on Friday before making a decision on what to do next. Source: Sponichi 8/21/2014
  • Tomoyuki Sugano (right middle finger) resumed throwing in the bullpen on Thursday.  He threw twenty-six pitches to a standing catch and fourteen to a half-bent catcher.  He mixed in his cutter, curve, slider, and shuto. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/21/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Takehiro Ishikawa hurt his left shin when he tried to score on a close play at home plate in the 1st inning of Thursday's game against the Hiroshima Carp.  He was removed from the game and taken to the hospital for an examination.  He was diagnosed with a bruise. Source: Sports Hochi 8/21/2014, Daily Sports 8/21/2014, Sponichi 8/21/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows announced that Kyohei Muranaka will be shut down for a week because of inflammation in his right shoulder.  He is also nursing a bruised right calf. Source: Sponichi 8/21/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Takayuki Kishi (right elbow) might be ready to start an Ichi-gun game on the 24th against Nippon Ham at Sapporo Dome.  He has already resumed throwing in the bullpen and is scheduled to participate in Ichi-gun workouts on Friday.  The coaches will discuss options with him after they have had a chance to see his progress. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/21/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Kazuya Fukuura hurt his left index finger while catching a foul ball in the 7th inning of Thursday's game against the Orix Buffaloes at QVC Marine.  He was pulled from the game and taken to a hospital in Narashino for tests.  He was diagnosed with a dislocated index finger (distal interphalangeal joint).  No word on how long it might take for a full recovery, but he could be okay to play within a few days.  He is considered day-to-day. Source: Sports Hochi 8/21/2014, Nikkan Sports 8/21/2014, Sponichi 8/21/2014

[8/21/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Aug.22, 2014 @ 2:44 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants announced that they invited Carlos Soto from Cuba to be a trainee coach.  He arrived in Japan on Thursday and will begin working with players at Ni-gun. Source: official announcement

Hiroshima Carp

  • When Brad Eldred is ready to return to the active roster, the Carp could opt to keep Rainel Rosario over Kila Ka'aihue, mostly because Rosario gives the team more defensive flexibility. Source: ZakZak 8/21/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Kiyoshi Nakahata and team president Jun Ikeda took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Thursday after they were challenged by Daisuke Miura. Source: Daily Sports 8/21/2014
  • The Bay Stars are scheduled to play three-games against the Hanshin Tigers at Koshien beginning on September 2.  If any of the games are rained out, they may have to play a double-header when the two meet up for the last time at Koshien on the 30th.  It would be the first double-header between the two teams at Koshien since 1989.  More double-headers could be required depending on whether or not any more games are rained out.  There is also a chance the Bay Stars will not play out a full season if there is not enough time. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/21/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien became the 160th player in NPB history to hit 150 home runs during Thursday's game against the Yomiuri Giants.  The milestone home run came in the 6th off Hirokazu Sawamura.  Balentien also became the fourth quickest to 150 home runs by recording the home run in his 463rd career game.  The three players ahead of him: Alex Cabrera (380th game), Ralph Bryant (424th game), and Randy Bass (433rd game). Source: Sports Hochi 8/21/2014. Daily Sports 8/21/2014, Asahi Shimbun 8/21/2014

Yomiuri Giants 6 – Tokyo Yakult Swallows 5 (August 21, 2014)

by on Aug.21, 2014 @ 4:00 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Yomiuri Giants vs Yakult Swallows @ Jingu Stadium - 18:00
Starters: Sawamura, Hirokazu (YOM) 1-3, 5.33 - Ishikawa, Masanori (YAK) 9-7, 4.62

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

Attendance: 26369 | Time: 4h29m | Yomiuri leads series, 9-7-0

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[8/20/2014] Injury Report: Akihiro Yanase (Softbank), Yoshihiro Ito (Lotte)

by on Aug.21, 2014 @ 1:57 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka worked out at Naruohama on Tuesday.  He played catch outdoors at a distance of about fifty meters.  He also hit off a tee indoors -- thirty swings from each side. Source: Sanspo 8/20/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Ryuji Ichioka (right shoulder) was re-examined at a hospital in Hiroshima on Wednesday.  He was given the green light to resume throwing, but there is no timetable on when he might start playing catch because he still needs time to regain muscle strength. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/20/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Kyohei Muranaka was taken off the active roster on Wednesday with a bruise on right calf.  Muranaka suffered the injury during a start against Yomiuri on Tuesday.  He will be examined at a hospital in Tokyo on Thursday. Source: Sports Hochi 8/20/2014, Sponichi 8/20/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Yoshihiro Ito started feeling discomfort in his right shoulder on Tuesday.  He was taken off the active roster on Wednesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/20/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Akihiro Yanase was examined at a hospital in Fukuoka on Wednesday and diagnosed with inflammation in the medial collateral ligament in his right elbow.  He was taken off the active roster on the same day.  The Hawks will re-assess after a week of no throwing. Source: Sports Hochi 8/20/2014
  • Nobuhiro Matsuda (right index finger) played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Hanshin on Tuesday.  He was the starting designated hitter and batted second.  He went 1-for-2 with a walk. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/20/2014
  • Tadashi Settsu (right thumb) could make his next start on the 26th against Nippon Ham at YafuOku Dome. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/20/2014

[8/19/2014] Injury Report: Kyohei Muranaka (Yakult), Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (Yokohama)

by on Aug.20, 2014 @ 3:26 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tomoyuki Sugano (right middle finger) could return to the active roster in time to get a start during a three-game series against Yokohama that begins on the 29th at Yokohama. Source: Sanspo 8/19/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Kazuhiro Wada (right wrist) is scheduled to get his third follow-up examination on the 22nd. Source: Sponichi 8/19/2014
  • Hitoki Iwase (left elbow) started throwing off the mound on Monday.  He threw thirty pitches (including breaking pitches) at almost full strength.  He could be ready to play before the end of August. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/19/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • There was talk about the possibility of Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (concussion) returning to the active roster on the 24th, but he is still not feeling well and has not been able to resume hitting or fielding practice.  He has been doing other things to stay in shape. Source: Sponichi 8/19/2014
  • Yulieski Gourriel (left side) could return on the 26th. Source: Sponichi 8/19/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Kyohei Muranaka left Tuesday's game against the Yomiuri Giants after six full.  Under normal circumstances, he may have pitched longer, but he tweaked his right shoulder during his at bat in the 3rd and took a batted ball off his right calf in the 6th. Source: Sponichi 8/19/2014

[8/19/2014] Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Aug.20, 2014 @ 3:26 am, under NPB
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Hiroshima Carp

  • Ryosuke Kikuchi extended his hitting streak to twenty games on Tuesday and became just the third player in NPB history since the two-league format to record two separate hitting streaks that lasted at least twenty games in one season.  The other two: Saburo Hirai in 1950 (one twenty game hitting streak and one twenty-one game hitting streak) and Ichiro Suzuki in 1994 (two twenty-three game hitting streaks) and Source: Nikkan Sports 8/19/2014, Nikkan Sports 8/19/2014Daily Sports 8/19/2014
  • The offense recorded eleven hits on Tuesday against the Yokohama Bay Stars.  It was their seventh straight game with at least ten hits.  The franchise record of eight was set in 1972 and tied in 2004. Source: Daily Sports 8/19/2014
  • Kenta Maeda's next start will most likely come on the 22nd against Hanshin.  The Carp could give Maeda and Bryan Bullington starts on five days of rest, beginning next week. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/19/2014
  • The Ni-gun Carp won the 53rd Hiroshima Industrial League Tournament on Monday.  It was their third straight tournament victory and eighth overall. Source: Daily Sports 8/19/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Kenta Asakura will most likely be taken off the active roster due to performance issues.  He gave up five runs (all earned) on seven hits and two walks over two innings of work against Hanshin on Tuesday. Source: Sports Hochi 8/19/2014
  • Masahiro Yamamoto started a Ni-gun game against Orix on Tuesday.  He gave up four runs on six hits over five innings of work.  He threw eighty-four pitches.  It was his first start since he turned forty-nine. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/19/2014
  • Possible starters for the Hanshin series that begins on the 19th: Asakura, Tatsuro Hamada, and Daniel Cabrera. Source: Daily Sports 8/19/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Tony Barnette and Wladimir Balentien were seen arguing in the dugout after Balentien appeared to take his time on a hit to left with a runner on first and two out in the 9th. Source: Sanspo 8/19/2014
  • Yasuhiro Ogawa is making adjustments to his mechanics involving his leg kick.  He told reporters he was being too careful with his kick because he was concerned about his balance.  He is working on going back to the way he was throwing the ball last year.  His next start will most likely come on the 24th against Yokohama. Source: Sponichi 8/19/2014
  • Possible starters for the Yomiuri series that begins on the 19th: Kyohei Muranaka, Chris Narveson, and Masanori Ishikawa. Source: Daily Sports 8/19/2014