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[9/1/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Sep.02, 2014 @ 1:38 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hirokazu Sawamura's next start will most likely come on the 4th against Hiroshima. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/1/2014
  • Yoshinobu Takahashi is scheduled to have surgery to treat his dislocated right middle finger on Tuesday. Source: Sponichi 9/1/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Suguru Iwazaki joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts on Monday. He could get a start during the Yokohama series that begins on the 2nd at Koshien. Source: Sponichi 9/1/2014
  • Hiroaki Saiuchi and Kazuya Takamiya were added to the active roster on Sunday. They will be used out of the bullpen. Source: Sanspo 9/1/2014
  • Shintaro Yokota hit three home runs in Sunday's Ni-gun game against Chunichi: two-run home run of Kentaro Nishikawa in the 2nd, two-run home run off Takahiro Kawasaki in the 4th, and a two-run home run off Kento Yachi in the 7th. Source: Daily Sports 9/1/2014
  • Sponichi: The Tigers are planning to offer Tsuyoshi Nishioka a contract after the season. They also like Hiroyuki Nakajima. If he decides to return to Japan, Hanshin will most likely offer him a contract. It would be Nishioka at second and Nakajima at third. Source: Sponichi 9/1/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda is slated to start Wednesday's game against the Yomiuri Giants. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/1/2014
  • The Carp finished August 15-10-1. It was the second time this year they finished a month with fifteen or more victories (16-8-0 in April). Hiroshima has recorded fifteen or more victories in a month twice in one season two other times: 1994 and 1996. Source: Sports Hochi 9/1/2014 ... Hiroshima is ten games above .500 (62-52-2) after the end of August. The last time they were at least ten games above .500 after August was when they went 61-47-0 in 1996. Source: Sanspo 9/1/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Masahiro Yamamoto will most likely get a start during the Hanshin series that begins on the 5th at Nagoya Dome. He practiced at Nagoya Dome on Monday. He will not be with the team when they travel to Kanto for the Yakult series that begins on the 2nd. Source: Sponichi 9/1/2014Sponichi 9/1/2014Nikkan Sports 9/1/2014
  • The Dragons lost twenty games in August. The last team to lose twenty or more games in a month was Rakuten with twenty-one in August 2005. The NPB record of twenty-two losses in one month was set by Kintetsu in August 1961. Four teams, including the August 2014 Dragons, hold the Central League record of twenty: Kokutetsu (May 1953, August 1962), Yosho (August 1954), and Hanshin (August 1990). Source: Nikkan Sports 9/1/2014 ... The Dragons stepped into their first six-game losing streak at Nagoya Dome on Sunday for the first time since 2002. It was the first time they lost six of six at Nagoya Dome since 1997. Source: Sports Hochi 9/1/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars won their second straight series against the Yomiuri Giants on Sunday for the first time since 2006. They also finished August 14-10. The last time they won fourteen or more games in a month was when they went 14-11 in August 2000. Source: Sponichi 9/1/2014

[8/31/2014] Injury Report: Tsubasa Aizawa (Hiroshima), Masayuki Kuwahara (Yokohama)

by on Sep.01, 2014 @ 1:52 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Yuya Kubo left Sunday's game against the Yokohama Bay Stars with discomfort in his right leg. He was throwing practice pitches before the bottom of the 6th when he felt something in his right calf. He left the field for treatment but was unable to return. Source: Daily Sports 8/31/2014, Nikkan Sports 8/31/2014 ... Kubo had no trouble walking after the game and told reporters it was a cramp. Source: Sponichi 8/31/2014
  • Tomoyuki Sugano (right middle finger) tossed a bullpen session at Giants Stadium on Sunday. He threw fifty-four pitches. It was the first time he threw to a squatting catcher since he was taken off the active roster. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/31/2014
  • Scott Mathieson was hit by a batted ball during Saturday's game against Yokohama and developed a bruise on his right calf. He was not available to pitch on Sunday. Source: Sponichi 8/31/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Bryan Bullington was removed from Sunday's game against the Chunichi Dragons with discomfort in his right elbow. He was replaced immediately after giving up a three-run home run to Hector Luna in the 5th. Source: Daily Sports 8/31/2014 ... Bullington told reporters the tightness in his forearm started getting worse in the 3rd. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/31/2014
  • Tsubasa Aizawa hurt his right leg in the 3rd inning -- he hit a ball to right and took a wide turn at first but could not continue and slid back into the bag while grabbing his right hamstring. He was replaced by a pinch-runner and taken to a hospital in Nagoya where he was diagnosed with a thigh muscle injury. Source: Daily Sports 8/31/2014, Daily Sports 8/31/2014, Nikkan Sports 8/31/2014 ... Aizawa had to be carried off the field. Source: Sponichi 8/31/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Masayuki Kuwahara was hit by a pitch from Yuki Egarashi on the left side of the head in the 7th inning of Sunday's game against the Yomiuri Giants. Source: Daily Sports 8/31/2014, Nikkan Sports 8/31/2014 ... Kuwahara was taken to a hospital in Yokohama for tests and diagnosed with a contusion on the left side of his head.  He will remain on the active roster for the time being. Source: Daily Sports 8/31/2014
  • Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (injuries from a collision play in the outfield) is scheduled to play in two rehab games at Ni-gun on September 3 and 4. If everything is okay, he could make the active roster in time for the Hiroshima series that begins on September 5 at Yokohama. Source: Daily Sports 8/31/2014

[8/31/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Sep.01, 2014 @ 1:46 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Itaru Hashimoto tied an NPB record by striking out five times during Saturday's game against the Yokohama Bay Stars (fourteenth player in NPB history, eighth in Central League history). He also joined Koji Uehara (2000) and Toshihisa Nishi (2005) as the only players in franchise history to strike out five times in one game. Hashimoto fell one strikeout short of tying the Central League record for strikeouts in consecutive trips to the plate with seven (two on Friday and five on Saturday). Davey Johnson holds the CL record with strikeouts in eight straight plate appearances in June 1975. Source: Sponichi 8/31/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers are planning to offer Matt Murton and Mauro Gomez contracts for the 2015 season. Formal negotiations will not begin until after the season. Source: Daily Sports 8/31/2014
  • Gomez was named a fruit ambassador of the Dominican Republic in Japan. He was given the title from Hector Dominguez, ambassador of the Dominican Republic in Japan. Source: Daily Sports 8/31/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Brad Eldred was taken off the active roster on Sunday to make room for Bryan Bullington. Source: Sports Hochi 8/31/2014 ... Eldred was also diagnosed with a right knee contusion on the 29th. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/31/2014 ... The Carp considered taking Deunte Heath off the active roster instead of Eldred, but decided not to after another solid outing on Saturday. Source: Daily Sports 8/31/2014
  • Bullington and Tsubasa Aizawa will be taken off the active roster due to injuries.  Allen Kuri and Yoshikazu Kura will most likely be called up to take their spots.

Chunichi Dragons

  • Masahiro Yamamoto joined the Ichi-gun team for practices on Sunday. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/31/2014
  • The Dragons set a new franchise record for losses in one month with nineteen on Saturday.  The previous high of eighteen was set in September 1948 and tied on August 1964 and August 1997. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/31/2014 ... The Dragons lost another game on Sunday and finished August 7-20-0. They are the first Central League team to lose twenty games in a month since Hanshin in August 1990. Twenty losses by a team in one month is most in CL history. Source: Sponichi 8/31/2014, Nikkan Sports 8/31/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars managed to collect 132,5584 yen from fans between the 29th and 31st. The money, including one million yen from the players groups, will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross Society for Hiroshima landslide relief. Source: Sponichi 8/31/2014
  • Masayuki Kuwahara has two walk-off hits against the Yomiuri Giants this season: August 5 off Kentaro Nishimura and August 30 off Scott Mathieson. He joined Robert Rose in 1994 (April 12 off Hiroshi Ishige and September 23 off Masumi Kuwata) as the only players in franchise history to record two walk-off hits against the Giants in one season. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/31/2014, Sanspo 8/31/2014

Yomiuri Giants 4 – Yokohama Bay Stars 5 (August 30, 2014)

by on Aug.30, 2014 @ 4:01 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Yomiuri Giants vs Yokohama Bay Stars @ Yokohama Stadium - 18:00
Starters: Otake, Kan (YOM) 9-6, 3.99 - Moscoso, Guillermo (YOK) 8-6, 3.34

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Yomiuri 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 4 9 1
Yokohama 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1X 5 13 2

Attendance: 29565 | Time: 3h52m | Yokohama leads series, 8-7-0

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[8/29/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Aug.29, 2014 @ 11:56 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hirokazu Sawamura picked up his first shutout of the season on Thursday.  He became the first pitcher in franchise history to record at least one shutout in four consecutive seasons, beginning with his first year, since Koji Uehara did it over five seasons between 1999 and 2003. Source: Sponichi 8/29/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Mauro Gomez has struck out 134 times so far this year.  The franchise record of 153 strikeouts in one season was set by Craig Brazell in 2010. Source: Sanpso 8/29/2014
  • The Tigers want to strengthen their pitching staff during the off-season.  Orix's Chihiro Kaneko (30), in addition to Chunichi's Daisuke Yamai (36) and Nippon Ham's Naoki Miyanishi (29) are among the arms Hanshin is interested in. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/29/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda's next start will most likely come on five days of rest on September 3 against Yomiuri at Maebashi. Source: Daily Sports 8/29/2014
  • There are rumors that Kenjiro Nomura is not interested in signing an extension for the 2015 season.  If he does not return next year, general/bench coach Koichi Ogata could step in. Source: ZakZak 8/29/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Twenty-six players spent time collecting donations for Hiroshima landslide relief at five different locations outside Yokohama Stadium before Friday's game against the Yomiuri Giants.  The players will continue collecting donations over the weekend. Source: Sports Hochi 8/29/2014, Daily Sports 8/29/2014

[8/29/2014] Yokohama Bay Stars: Kinjo Tatsuhiko earns second FA option

by on Aug.29, 2014 @ 6:38 pm, under NPB
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Veteran outfielder Kinjo Tatsuhiko (38) earned his second FA option today.  He told reporters there was nothing for him to think about right now, other than helping the team win.  He also said he did not want to forget all the help and support he received over the years to get him to where he is today.

Tatsuhiko has spent his entire career in the Yokohama organization.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/29/2014

[8/28/2014] Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Aug.29, 2014 @ 2:39 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Mauro Gomez hit home runs in three consecutive games against the Yomiuri Giants: August 14, 26, and 27.  The last Hanshin foreign player to hit home runs in three consecutive games against the Giants was George Arias in 2003. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/28/2014
  • Masayuki Kakefu will most likely return next season as development coach. Source: Sponichi 8/28/2014
  • Yutaka Wada told reporters on Thursday he had not yet heard from the team about the 2015 season.  He also said that he had not been keeping track of reports about an extension. Source: Sponichi 8/28/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • The Carp recorded their sixth extra-inning walk-off victory on Wednesday.  They are the first team to pick up six extra-inning walk-off victories since Chunichi notched seven in 2010.  The last time Hiroshima recorded six or more extra-inning walk-off victories was when they racked up six in 1973.  They are 9-2-2 in extra innings this season.  The last time they won nine games in extra innings was in 1996 (9-5-0). Source: Sanspo 8/28/2014
  • Not related to the Carp, but having to do with baseball in Hiroshima: the Koryo High School baseball team, about 140 members, helped landslide victims in Hiroshima clear out mud on Thursday. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/28/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars moved into sole possession of fourth place on Wednesday after playing in at least 100 games for the first time since 2007.  They also recorded their fiftieth victory in their 108th game of the year, quickest since they reached fifty in 100 games in 2007.  The Bay Stars are playing above .500 ball since May.  Yokohama and Yomiuri are the only teams in the Central League that have winning records since May. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/28/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Masanori Ishikawa picked up his tenth win of the season on Thursday.  He now has ten seasons with at least ten victories.  That's good for a second place tie with Hiromu Matsuoka.  Masaichi Kaneda holds the franchise record with fourteen. Source: Sponichi 8/28/2014

[8/28/2014] Yokohama Bay Stars: Masanori Hayashi earns international FA option

by on Aug.28, 2014 @ 8:35 pm, under NPB
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Thirty-year-old pitcher Masanori Hayashi earned his international FA option today with nine years of service time on the active roster.

When asked about the option, he replied, "I am happy.  It's like a medal.  But I don't really have an interest in America."

He added, "With regards to this year, I appreciate the playing time and the team is doing well.  We have a chance to make the Climax Series and I'm happy to be a part of it.  I want to work hard until the end."

Source: Daily Sports 8/28/2014, Sports Hochi 8/28/2014