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[9/9/2014] Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Sep.10, 2014 @ 2:27 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • Possible starters for the series against Hiroshima that begins on the 9th at Mazda Stadium: Junki Ito, Shunta Wakamatsu, and Yudai Ono. Source: Sponichi 9/9/2014
  • The Dragons want to give Daisuke Yamai a shot at the win title by giving him starts on five days of rest.  They also want to give Ono more chances to pitch as well. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/9/2014
  • Potential free agents the Dragons are interested in: Seibu's Ginjiro Sumitani and Softbank's Toru Hosokawa. Source: Sports Hochi 9/9/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars are scheduled to play twenty-six games over the next twenty-eight days (as of Tuesday): nine games, three games, fourteen games. They will be going with a six-man rotation. Kentaro Takasaki will join the rotation with Hisanori Takahashi heading to Ni-gun. Source: Daily Sports 9/9/2014
  • Takasaki is slated to start Thursday's game against Yakult at Yokohama. Daisuke Miura will start Friday's game against Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome. Source: Sanspo 9/9/2014
  • The media learned on Monday that Yuta Kakita was questioned by Kanagawa police for a hit-and-run incident involving a parked car. The incident reportedly took place on August 29 at a store parking lot. As Kakita was pulling out of his space, he bumped into the car parked next to his. He got out of his car to check on the other vehicle, then left without notifying the owner. An eyewitness took down Kakita's license plate number and reported it to the authorities. Kakita managed to make an out-of-court settlement with the owner. He was issued a week-long suspension and an indefinite driving ban by the Bay Stars. His suspension ended on the 5th. He resumed practices on the 6th. The organization is taking the incident seriously and is planning to invite police staff to hold a traffic safety course for players. Source: Sponichi 9/9/2014, Sanspo 9/9/2014 ... Shun Yamashita was also in the car at the time of the incident. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/9/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Toshihiro Sugiura is slated to make his Ichi-gun debut with a start against the Yokohama Bay Stars at Yokohama on Wednesday. Source: Sponichi 9/9/2014

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 0 – Yokohama Bay Stars 3 (September 9, 2014)

by on Sep.09, 2014 @ 4:00 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Yakult Swallows vs Yokohama Bay Stars @ Yokohama Stadium - 18:00
Starters: Narveson, Chris (YAK) 4-8, 4.17 - Kubo, Yasutomo (YOK) 11-6, 3.91

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

Attendance: 12906 | Time: 2h15m | Yokohama leads series, 14-6-0

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[9/8/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Sep.09, 2014 @ 1:50 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Ryota Katsuki was taken off the active roster on Monday for a tune-up. Source: Sanspo 9/8/2014
  • Climax Series tickets for the general public will go on sale on October 5. There will also be advance tickets for season ticket holders (September 12-19), Giants Club G-Po Prime members (September 15-22), Giants Club G-Po Enjoy members (September 23-25), and Eplus members (September 24-27). More information can be found at the announcement link. Source: official announcement

Hanshin Tigers

  • Atsushi Nomi is slated to make his next start on Thursday against Yomiuri at Koshien. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/8/2014
  • Mauro Gomez was given a stern warning and fined 100,000 yen for his ejection from Sunday's game against the Chunichi Dragons. Source: official announcement

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons announced that the first pitch from Masahiro Yamamoto's record-breaking start on the 5th will be donated to the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Tokyo. A presentation ceremony will be held on October 1. The ball will be put on display on the 2nd. Source: Sponichi 9/8/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien joined Takahiro Ikeyama (1988-1992) and Roberto Petagine (1999-2002) as the only players in franchise history to string together at least four consecutive seasons with thirty or more home runs. He also joined Tyrone Woods (2003-2008) and Petagine (1999-2003) as the only foreign players in Central League history to record thirty or more home runs in at least four consecutive seasons, beginning in their first years in Japan. Source: Sanspo 9/8/2014

General

  • The Giants, Tigers, and Carp have suffered losses on the same day seven times this season (four times during Inter-league play). Source: Sponichi 9/8/2014

[9/7/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Sep.07, 2014 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Dengue Fever: The Giants prepared four cans of insect repellent (two spray types and two mist types) for their players on Saturday. Source: Sanspo 9/7/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Breakdown of runs per inning for Shintaro Fujinami this season: 1st inning - thirteen runs, 2nd inning - thirteen runs, 3rd inning - twelve runs, 4th inning - two runs, 5th inning - three runs, 6th inning - nine runs, 7th inning - eleven runs, 8th inning - eight runs, 9th inning - zero runs. He has given up runs in the 1st inning nine times and in the 2nd inning eight times this season. He has given up 1st inning runs in six out of seven post-All-Star break starts. Source: Sponichi 9/7/2014 ... Prior to Saturday's loss, Fujinami was 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA in three starts at Nagoya Dome this year. He went 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA in three Nagoya Dome starts last year. Source: Sanspo 9/7/2014
  • Free agent pitchers the Tigers are interested in: Daisuke Yamai (Chunichi), Chichiro Kaneko (Orix), Yoshihisa Hirano (Orix). Source: Sanspo 9/7/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Daichi Osera struck out ten and tossed a complete game 1-0 shutout over the Yokohama Bay Stars on Saturday. He became the fifteenth rookie in franchise history to toss a shutout victory in his first year, first since Hiroki Kuroda (June 3) and Toshikazu Sawazaki (October 7) in 1997; the sixth rookie in franchise history to record a 1-0 shutout victory in his first year, first since Shinji Sasaoka on October 13, 1990; the second rookie in franchise history to toss a shutout and strike out ten or more hitters in his first year, first since Tsunemi Tsuda struck out twelve on June 2, 1982; and the first rookie in franchise to record a 1-0 shutout victory and strike out ten or more hits in his first year. Daisuke Matsuzaka was the last rookie in the NPB to toss a 1-0 shutout victory and strike out ten or more in his first year (April 27, 1999, ten strikeouts). Source: Sponichi 9/7/2014, Sanspo 9/7/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Daisuke Yamai picked up his tenth victory of the year on Saturday and at thirty-six, became the oldest pitcher to record his first double-digit win season. The previous record of thirty-five was set by Yoshitaka Katori in 1992. The Dragons will most likely offer Yamai a multiple-year deal in an attempt to keep him from leaving via free agency. Source: Sports Hochi 9/7/2014
  • Doala signed a special one-day Kokumin Kyosai (accident insurance) agreement as part of a PR event for Zenryosai on Sunday. If he gets hurt while doing a back-flip, the policy will pay up to a year's worth of his salary (in his case, bread). Source: Sports Hochi 9/7/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/7/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Tetsuto Yamada set a new franchise record for hits in a season by a Japanese right-handed hitter with his double in the 2nd inning of Sunday's game against the Yomiuri Giants. He recorded two more hits and now leads both leagues with 167 hits. Source: Sponichi 9/7/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/7/2014
  • Wladimir Balentien blasted his thirtieth home run of the season on Sunday and became the first foreign player to record at least thirty home runs in four consecutive seasons, beginning with his first year, since Tyrone Woods (2003-2008). Source: Sponichi 9/7/2014

[9/6/2014] Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Sep.07, 2014 @ 1:20 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Atsushi Nomi became the fourth quickest pitcher in franchise history, fifteenth quickest in NPB history, to reach 1,000 strikeouts: Yutaka Enatsu (940.0 innings), Kei Igawa (1,058.0 innings), Koji Nakada (1,122.2 innings), and Nomi (1,130.2 innings). Source: Nikkan Sports 9/6/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons and Hanshin Tigers collected 501,184 yen in donations for Hiroshima landslide relief before Saturday's game. Source: official announcement
  • The Dragons are planning to keep Masahiro Yamamoto on the active roster for the time being. Source: Sponichi 9/6/2014 ... Yamamoto's next start might come during a Yakult series at Nagoya Dome that begins on the 12th or a Yokohama series at Yokohama that begins on the 15th. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/6/2014 ... Yamamoto improved to 48-26 lifetime against the Hanshin Tigers. The forty-eight victories is good for a third place tie with Tsuneo Horiuchi on the all-time list. Masaichi Kaneda leads all pitchers with seventy-four victories, followed by Takehiko Bessho with seventy-one. Source: Sanspo 9/6/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Hisanori Takahashi was taken off the active roster because of performance issues. Source: Sponichi 9/6/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien (left Achilles) was ready to play on Saturday, but did not make the starting line-up because he was late in letting Junji Ogawa know. Source: Sports Hochi 9/6/2014
  • Players have been instructed to wear long-sleeve shirts and pants when using the Jingu practice facilities due to the recent Dengue Fever outbreak. Mosquito repellent was made available near stadium entrances for fans. Source: Jiji Pres 9/6/2014, Sponichi 9/6/2014
  • Yuki Shichijo's wife is scheduled to give birth to the couple's third child in November. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/6/2014

[9/5/2014] Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima, Chunichi, Yokohama, Yakult

by on Sep.06, 2014 @ 2:26 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tatsunori Hara is in the first year of a two-year contract. Owner Kojiro Shiraishi told reporters there was no reason to cut the deal short. Source: Sponichi 9/5/2014
  • The Giants have two full-time catchers on the active roster. Both were in the starting line-up on Thursday: Shinnosuke Abe at first and Seiji Kobayashi behind the plate. Hara did not seem concerned and said to reporters, "We have a capable [back-up] catcher in Takayuki Terauchi." Source: Sponichi 9/5/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Atsushi Nomi became the 140th pitcher in NPB history to reach 1,000 strikeouts during Friday's game against the Chunichi Dragons. The milestone strikeout came in the 4th inning against Hector Luna. Source: Sponichi 9/5/2014 ... Eight other pitchers in franchise history have also struck out 1,000 or more hitters: Minoru Murayama, Yutaka Enatsu, Masaaki Koyama, Kazuyuki Yamamoto, Kei Igawa, Koji Nakada, Keiichi Yabu, and Shinobu Fukuhara. Source: Daily Sports 9/5/2014
  • Seung Hwan Oh recorded his thirty-fourth save of the season on Thursday and tied the NPB record for saves by a first-year foreign pitcher. Eddie Gaillard (2000) and Dennis Sarfate (2011) also saved thirty-four games in their first years. Source: Sanspo 9/5/2014
  • Mauro Gomez set a new franchise record for first-year foreign players on Thursday with ninety-three RBIs. The previous high of ninety-two was set by Hal Breeden in 1976. Source: Sponichi 9/5/2014
  • Suguru Iwazaki could get another start on 15th against Yakult at Jingu. Source: Sanpso 9/5/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Hiroshima is expected to add Kila Ka'aihue to the active roster on Saturday. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/5/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Chunichi players group and the Hanshin players group will collect donations for Hiroshima landslide relief before Saturday's game at Nagoya Dome. Chunichi players for twenty minutes beginning at 1:00pm and Hanshin players for twenty minutes beginning at 2:20pm. Source: official announcement

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Umpires Union sent a letter of protest to the Bay Stars with regards to the game in which Kiyoshi Nakahata was recently ejected for bumping an umpire. They are concerned about Nakahata's repeated use of contact against umpires and are asking that he refrain from further escalation in the future. Source: Daily Sports 9/5/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Tetsuto Yamada recorded his 164th hit of the year in the 5th inning of Friday's game against the Yomiuri Giants and tied Atsuya Furuta's franchise record for hits by a Japanese right-handed hitter in one season. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/5/2014
  • The NPB announced an adjustment in Takeaki Tokuyama's pitch count during Wednesday's game against the Chunichi Dragons at Jingu Stadium: from ninety-seven to ninety-eight. Source: official announcement

[9/4/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Sep.05, 2014 @ 12:54 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tetsuya Yamaguchi is the eighth pitcher in NPB history to appear in fifty or more games in seven or more consecutive seasons. Source: Sponichi 9/4/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Masahiro Yamamoto is scheduled to start Friday's game against the Hanshin Tigers at Nagoya Dome. When he does, he will become the oldest player to pitch in a game. The current record of forty-eight years and ten months was set by Shinji Hamazaki in 1950. If Yamamoto manages a win, he will become the oldest player to record a victory. The current record of forty-eight years and four months was also set by Hamazaki. Source: Sponichi 9/4/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/4/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Takeaki Tokuyama became the twelfth pitcher in NPB history that began their career as an Ikusei player to record a victory at Ichi-gun. He joined Rafael Fernandes as the only players in franchise history to graduate from Ikusei and notch victories at Ichi-gun. Source: Sports Hochi 9/4/2014