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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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[10/4/2014] Yokohama Bay Stars Phoenix League Roster

by on Oct.04, 2014 @ 3:40 pm, under NPB
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Pos Uni Name JPN Name ENG
P 12 小林 寛 Kobayashi, Hiroshi
P 13 柿田 裕太 Kakita, Yuta
P 21 加賀美 希昇 Kagami, Kisho
P 34 平田 真吾 Hirata, Shingo
P 45 土屋 健二 Tsuchiya, Kenji
P 48 山下 峻 Yamashita, Shun
P 111 砂田 毅樹 Sunada, Yoshiki
C 57 靍岡 賢二郎 Tsuruoka, Kenjiro
INF 0 山崎 憲晴 Yamazaki, Noriharu
INF 44 渡邊 雄貴 Watanabe, Yuki
INF 60 加藤 政義 Kato, Masayoshi
OF 26 井手 正太郎 Ide, Shotaro
OF 31 赤堀 大智 Akahori, Daichi
OF 33 乙坂 智 Otosaka, Tomo

* Subject to change without notice.

Source: official announcement

[10/4/2014] Rumors: Chunichi, Yokohama, Seibu, Lotte, Softbank, Orix

by on Oct.04, 2014 @ 10:30 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • The media learned the Dragons are looking into Ginjiro Sumitami (27). They see him as the possible replacement for Motonobu Tanishige. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/3/2014
  • They will also be looking into other players like Chihiro Kaneko (30) and Hiroyuki Nakajima (32). Source: Daily Sports 10/4/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars may have offered Guillermo Moscoso (30) a two-year deal worth 160 million yen as season. He made eighty-five million yen this year. Source: Sports Hochi 10/2/2014
  • Daisuke Matsuzaka and Chihiro Kaneko may be among the possible free agents the Bay Stars will be checking. Source: Sanspo 10/3/2014

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions are reportedly close to finalizing a deal with Ernesto Mejia for the 2015 season. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/4/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The Marines are planning to meet Yoshihisa Naruse within the next few days to talk about next season. Naruse earned his domestic FA option earlier this year. Source: Daily Sports 10/2/2014
  • Lotte is into Chunichi senryokugai Kohei Oda as a possible candidate to help fill an opening at catcher. They will also most likely check on other options like Ginjiro Sumitani and Toru Hosokawa. Source: Sports Hochi 10/2/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Chihiro Kaneko (30) and Ernesto Mejia (28) are on Softbank's radar, as are Munenori Kawasaki and Hiroyuki Nakajima. Source: Sports Hochi 10/3/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes are planning to offer Wily Mo Pena (32) a contract for the 2015 season. Brandon Dickson (29), Esteban German (36), and Alessandro Maestri (29) will most likely return next year. They are undecided on Joey Butler (28) and Dan Runzler (29). Source: Nikkan Sports 10/3/2014

[10/4/2014] Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima, Chunichi, Yokohama, Yakult

by on Oct.04, 2014 @ 10:12 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants will be playing practice games against a BC League mixed team on the 11th and 12th. Source: official announcement ... The games will end after nine innings and will not be open to the public. The press will not be allowed to watch the game from the 6th inning. Source: Sponichi 10/4/2014
  • With Tomoyuki Sugano out with an injury, the Giants could go with a starting four of Tetsuya Utsumi, Toshiya Sugiuchi, Hirokazu Sawamura, and Yuki Koyama during the Final Stage of the Climax Series. If they need a fifth starter, it could be Nobutaka Imamura or Ryosuke Miyaguni. Kan Otake is still making his way back from right shoulder discomfort. Source: Sponichi 10/4/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Atsushi Nomi and Randy Messenger are scheduled to pitch three innings during a Phoenix League game against Yomiuri on the 6th. Source: Sanspo 10/4/2014
  • Yuta Iwasada pitched in a Ni-gun intra-squad game on Friday and tossed two shutout innings in relief. Source: Sanspo 10/4/2014
  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka could be healthy enough to make the starting line-up during the Climax Series. Source: Sanspo 10/4/2014
  • Yamato missed workouts on Friday because he was getting his left shoulder examined. He hurt the shoulder during Wednesday's game against Hiroshima. The Tigers do not think it is serious. Source: Sanspo 10/4/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Ryuji Yokoyama joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts at Mazda Stadium on Friday. He will be available to pitch during Sunday's game against Yomiuri at Mazda Stadium. Source: Daily Sports 10/4/2014
  • The Carp will likely go with Kenta Maeda in Game 1 and Deunte Heath in Game 2 of the First Stage of the Climax Series. If they need a third starter, it could be Daichi Osera. If they make it to the Final Stage, they will most likely expand their rotation to five. Yusuke Nomura, Yuya Fukui, Bryan Bullington, and Allen Kuri will be competing for spots. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/3/2014
  • Ryuji Ichioka (right shoulder) tossed batting practice scrimmage at the Ono training facilities on Thursday. He might be okay for the Climax Series. Source: Daily Sports 10/3/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/3/2014
  • Kam Mickolio left Wednesday's outing with discomfort in the base of left leg. He played some catch during workouts on Friday and then went to the hospital for tests. If he has to come off the active roster, he might end up missing the First Stage of the Climax Series. Source: Sponichi 10/4/2014

Chunichi Dragons

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Kiyoshi Nakahata will be returning for his fourth year as manager in 2015. Only Osamu Mihara (eight years, 1960-1967) and Kaoru Betto (five years, 1968-1972) have put together longer careers as manager in franchise history. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/3/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows announced on Friday that Tony Barnette and Chris Narveson returned to the United States. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/3/2014
  • Lastings Milledge will participate in the winter league in Venezuela. He will be playing for Bravos de Margarita between October 9 and December 20. Source: official announcement

Yokohama Bay Stars Senryokugai – October 3, 2014

by on Oct.03, 2014 @ 4:29 pm, under NPB
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The Yokohama Bay Stars have informed the following players they will not be offered contracts for the 2015 season:

  • Fujii, Shugo P (37)
  • Kobayashi, Futoshi P (31)
  • Fujie, Hitoshi P (28)
  • Kitagata, Yujo P (20)
  • Kikuchi, Kazumasa P (32)
  • Kamiuchi, Yasushi P (31)
  • Makka, Takayuki P (23)
  • Ito, Takuro P (21)
  • Tomita, Kosuke P (26)
  • Komura, Toru P-Ikusei (20)
  • Samura, Travis Mikihisa P-Ikusei (20)
  • Nakamura, Norihiro INF (41)

Nakamura, Fujii, and Kikuchi are still interested in playing next year. Nakamura has drawn some interest from Chunichi. Fujii is planning to attend the twelve team tryouts in November. Kikuchi had his right shoulder cleaned on Thursday and will prepare for possible tryouts during spring camp next year.

The following coaches will not be returning next year:

  • Ni-gun pitching coach/head Ikusei coach Katsunori Okamoto (41)
  • Ni-gun Ikusei coach Misao Takaura (62)

Source: official announcement, official announcement, Sports Hochi 10/1/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/1/2014, Sponichi 10/1/2014, Sponichi 10/2/2014, Daily Sports 10/3/2014