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[7/22/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jul.23, 2014 @ 3:09 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Hanshin Tigers

  • Yoshinori Tateyama is scheduled to pitch in a Ni-gun game intra-squad game on the 23rd. Source: Sanspo 7/22/2014
  • Through Monday, the Tigers are 19-11-1 in games when Rytaro Umeno gets the start at catcher. Source: Sponichi 7/22/2014
  • The baseball from Seung Hwan Oh's 300th save game will be placed on temporary display at the Museum of Hanshin Koshien Stadium, beginning on Wednesday, July 23.  The ball will be returned to Oh after the museum is finished with it. Source: Sanspo 7/22/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Motonobu Tanishige knocked out his first home run of the season in the 2nd inning of Tuesday's game against the Yokohama Bay Stars.  He set a new record with twenty-six consecutive seasons with at least one home run (1989-2014).  He entered the day tied with Katsuya Nomura (1956-1980). Source: Sponichi 7/22/2014
  • The Dragons are looking to establish a new oendan. Source: official announcement ... The Dragons announced that the four oendan groups placed on hold earlier this year were not cleared for permits (Dragons Aiko-kai, Nagoya Dragons-kai, Nagoya Tatsuru-kai, and the Hokuriku Dragons Oendan).  Additional information can be found at the announcement link. Source: official announcement

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Shun Yamaguchi joined Shota Oba (July 30, 2009 and September 19, 2011) and Masaru Nakamura (April 29, 2013) as the only pitchers in NPB history to start a game and get ejected for throwing a dangerous pitch before recording a single out.  Yamaguchi was tossed after throwing just five pitches and set a NPB record.  The previous record of six was set by Masaki Saito on July 1, 1994, Oba in 2011, and Nakamura in 2013. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/22/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows held a press conference for Nagisa Arakaki and Hirofumi Yamanaka on Tuesday.  Arakaki was assigned the number forty-five, Yamanaka the number sixty-eight. Source: official announcement

Chunichi Dragons 7 – Yokohama Bay Stars 3 (July 22, 2014)

by on Jul.22, 2014 @ 4:01 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Chunichi Dragons vs Yokohama Bay Stars @ Yokohama Stadium - 18:00
Starters: Hamada, Tatsuro (CHU) 4-1, 3.10 - Kubo, Yasutomo (YOK) 8-4, 3.82

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

Attendance: 16662 | Time: 3h31m | Chunichi leads series, 8-3-1

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[7/21/2014] Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jul.22, 2014 @ 12:05 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • Kazuhiro Wada was hit on the left side of the head with a pitch during his at bat in the 1st inning of Monday's game against the Yokohama Bay Stars.  Wada was taken to a hospital in Yokohama for tests.  No abnormalities were found. Source: Sponichi 7/21/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Noriharu Yamazaki recorded four sac hits during Monday's game against the Chunichi Dragons and became the ninth player in NPB history to accomplish the feat. Source: Daily Sports 7/21/2014
  • Shugo Fujii talked to general manager Shigeru Takada about the organization's plans for him.  He will most likely be used in relief. Source: Sponichi 7/21/2014
  • Yulieski Gourriel could end up missing about two weeks with inflammation in his left side. Source: Sponichi 7/21/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Toshihiro Sugiura (right elbow) pitched in a Ni-gun rehab game against the Futures on Monday.  He tossed two shutout innings and gave up two hits.  He struck out three and threw thirty-two pitches.  It was his first outing since he pitched in a practice game against Chunichi during spring camp on February 19. Source: Sponichi 7/21/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/21/2014
  • Nagisa Arakaki and Hirofumi Yamanaka are scheduled to join the team on the 23rd.  The Swallows will most likely go with a five-man rotation over the first six games of the second-half.  They plan to add a sixth man to the rotation on the 29th.  Arakaki could end up getting a start on the 31st against Hanshin at Koshien. Source: Sanspo 7/21/2014 ... The Swallows will hold a press conference for Arakaki and Yamanaka on the 22nd.  The Ichi-gun coaches will check on the two players over a two day period beginning on the 23rd.  Their assignments will be decided after the two-day "tryout" period. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/21/2014
  • The Swallows' second team shop opened up in Shinjuku on Monday (located in between the stadium and Shinanomachi Station).  About 450 fans lined up outside of the store for the grand opening ceremony. Source: Daily Sports 7/21/2014

Chunichi Dragons 4 – Yokohama Bay Stars 4 (July 21, 2014)

by on Jul.21, 2014 @ 4:01 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Chunichi Dragons vs Yokohama Bay Stars @ Yokohama Stadium - 18:00
Starters: Iwata, Shinji (CHU) 2-0, 3.60 - Yamaguchi, Shun (YOK) 3-3, 3.25

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Chunichi 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 9 1
Yokohama 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 8 0

Attendance: 21902 | Time: 4h58m | Chunichi leads series, 7-3-1

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[7/20/2014] Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima, Chunichi, Yokohama, Yakult

by on Jul.20, 2014 @ 11:35 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Toshiya Sugiuchi threw thirty-nine pitches in the bullpen at Giants Stadium on Sunday.  He is slated to start Tuesday's game against Hanshin at Koshien. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/20/2014
  • Tetsuya Utsumi threw 131 pitches in the bullpen on Saturday.  He will most likely get a start during the Chunichi series that begins on the 25th at Nagoya Dome. Source: Sanpso 7/20/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Ryoma Matsuda (right elbow) is scheduled to pitch an inning in a Ni-gun rehab intra-squad game on the 23rd.  He could begin pitching in Ni-gun rehab games in August. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/20/2014, Daily Sports 7/20/2014
  • Yuta Iwasada is slated to start a Ni-gun game against Chunichi on the 27th.  If he continues to make good progress at Ni-gun, he could make it to the active roster some time in mid-August. Source: Sanspo 7/20/2014
  • Mauro Gomez took thirty-one swings during batting practice on Saturday and hit seven over the fence. Source: Sanspo 7/20/2014
  • Yoshinori Tateyama threw forty-three pitches, including the forkball, in the bullpen on Saturday.  He will be with the Ni-gun team for a two-game series against Chunichi (July 26-27).  If he pitches well, he could be available for the active roster for the Yakult series that begins on the 29th at Koshien. Source: Sanspo 7/20/2014
  • Randy Messenger's next two starts could come on the 22nd (Yomiuri at Koshien) and 29th (Yakult at Koshien). Source: Sanspo 7/20/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenjiro Nomura is planning to added Ryuji Ichioka (right shoulder) to the active roster on Monday. Source: Daily Sports 7/20/2014
  • Yoshiyuki Ishihara (right shoulder) will replace Yoshikazu Kura on the active roster.  The Carp are planning to carry two catchers -- Ishihara and Tsubasa Aizawa -- at the start of the second-half. Source: Daily Sports 7/20/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Shuhei Takahashi took seventy-seven swings during batting practice at Nagoya Dome on Sunday and hit seven over the fence. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/20/2014
  • Possible starters for the Yokohama series that begins on the 21st at Yokohama: Shinji Iwata, Tatsuro Hamada, Kazuki Yoshimi. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/20/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Kiyoshi Nakahata does not want to lose Taketoshi Goto in the line-up when Tony Blanco returns and is thinking about giving the veteran a look out in left. Source: Daily Sports 7/20/2014 ... Nakahata believes the first six games of the second-half will be very important and could set the tone for the remainder of the season. Source: Sponichi 7/20/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yasuhiro Ogawa threw fifty-five pitches in the bullpen on Saturday.  He will start Monday's game against Hiroshima at Jingu.  His next start after that will most likely come on 27th against Yokohama at Jingu on five days of rest. Source: Sanspo 7/20/2014

[7/20/2014] Yokohama Bay Stars: Yulieski Gourriel has inflammation in left side

by on Jul.20, 2014 @ 9:58 pm, under NPB
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Yulieski Gourriel was taken off the active roster today.  He was examined at a hospital in Tokyo on Saturday and diagnosed with inflammation in his left side.  The injury does not appear to be serious.  The Bay Stars are not planning to call him back to the active roster until he is fully recovered.  Gourriel will get treatment as he works out at Ni-gun.  He was at the Ni-gun facilities in Yokosuka today for some training.

Source: Daily Sports 7/20/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/20/2014

[7/19/2014] Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jul.20, 2014 @ 12:39 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Yoshinori Tateyama could be added to the active roster for the Yomiuri series that begins on the 21st.  He got a chance to introduce himself to his new teammates and coaches when he joined the Ichi-gun team for practices at Koshien on Friday.  He also spent some time working with catcher Kazunari Tsuruoka. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/19/2014, Sponichi 7/19/2014
  • Mauro Gomez has yet to reach his goal and will therefore continue to let his beard grow out. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/19/2014
  • The longest Matt Murton went without shaving before this season was a week to ten days. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/19/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Ryosuke Hirata (left ankle) could begin playing in rehab games before the end of the month.  He started running dashes at Nagoya Stadium on Friday.  He has already resumed batting practice against pitching machines. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/19/2014
  • Hector Luna (right elbow) might not be able to make it back to the active roster until some time in August.  The Dragons do not want to risk further injury and will likely play it safe with Luna. Source: Daily Sports 7/19/2014 ... Luna told reporters he did not want to repeat the same mistake he made last year by returning to the active roster before his injury fully healed (last year it was his knee and he ended up missing the end of the season).  He also said he wanted to get at least 200 more trips to the plate before the end of the season. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/19/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Yulieski Gourriel got an MRI on his left side at a hospital in Yokohama on Saturday.  The Bay Stars are expected to get the results within the next couple days. Source: Daily Sports 7/19/2014
  • Shugo Fujii was limited to three Ni-gun games since June because of problems with his left elbow.  He told reporters his elbow was fine and that he was ready to pitch.  He also said, "I'm not sure if they'll offer me an extension for next year.  I want to make it to Ichi-gun and help the team win.  I'll start and relieve." Source: Sponichi 7/19/2014

[7/18/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jul.18, 2014 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Possible starters for the Hanshin series that begins on the 21st at Koshien Stadium: Hirokazu Sawamura, Toshiya Sugiuchi, Tomoyuki Sugano. Source: Sponichi 7/18/2014 ... Daily Sports' guess: Sawamura, Sugiuchi, and Yuki Koyama. Source: Daily Sports 7/18/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Yoshinori Tateyama joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts at Koshien on Friday. Source: Sports Hochi 7/18/2014
  • Matt Murton thought about shaving his beard because its getting hot, but decided not to after he took a Twitter poll: 200 fans wanted him to keep the beard, 10 fans wanted him to shave it. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/18/2014
  • Possible starters for the Yomiuri series that begins on the 21st at Koshien Stadium: Minoru Iwata, Randy Messenger, Atsushi Nomi. Possible starters for the Hiroshima series that begins on the 25th at Mazda Stadium: Shintaro Fujinami, [one of the following: 6th round draft pick Suguru Iwazaki, Kazuhito Futagami, Takumi Akiyama], Iwata. Source: Daily Sports 7/18/2014 ... Possible starters for the Yakult series that begins on the 29th at Koshien: Nomi, Messenger, [one of the following: Futagami or Akiyama]. Source: Sanspo 7/18/2014
  • Mauro Gomez has a shot at becoming just the fourth foreign player in franchise history to play in every game during his first season, first since Matt Murton in 2010.  He could also become the first foreign player in franchise history to bat fourth in every game during his first season. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/18/2014
  • The Tigers are planning to offer general manager Katsuhiro Nakamura an extension for the 2015 season (third year). Source: Sanspo 7/18/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Hector Luna (right elbow) began his rehab at Nagoya Stadium on Friday.  He told reporters it was not pain he felt, but discomfort. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/18/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars will give Tony Blanco a four-day trial before deciding what to do with him.  Although much will depend on the severity of Yulieski Gourriel's injury.  Aarom Baldiris has a clause in his contract that basically guarantees him a spot on the active roster.  Guillermo Moscoso and Enyelbert Soto will also be competing for a spot. Source: Daily Sports 7/18/2014

[7/17/2014] Injury Report: Yulieski Gourriel (Yokohama), Ryuji Ichioka (Hiroshima)

by on Jul.18, 2014 @ 12:08 am, under NPB
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Hiroshima Carp

  • Ryuji Ichioka (right shoulder) could return to the Ichi-gun roster in time for the Yakult series that begins on the 21st. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/17/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Yulieski Gourriel tweaked his left side while swinging the bat during Wednesday's game against the Hiroshima Carp at Mazda Stadium.  He returned to Tokyo on Thursday and will go to the hospital on Saturday for an examination. Source: Sanspo 7/17/2014 ... The Bay Stars are preparing for the worst because there is a chance Gourriel might be out for an extended period of time.  The last thing they want to do is rush him back and risk further injury. Source: Sponichi 7/17/2014
  • Tony Blanco (left thigh) is expected to join the Ichi-gun team for the first game after the All-Star break. Source: Sponichi 7/17/2014

[7/16/2014] Injury Report: Yulieski Gourriel (Yokohama), Chris Narveson (Yakult)

by on Jul.17, 2014 @ 4:07 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons are hoping to have Yohei Oshima (right side) back in time for the start of the second-half of the season.  Hector Luna (right elbow) could be ready to return on the 25th. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/16/2014 ... Oshima appeared in Wednesday's game as a pinch-hitter in the 8th and flied out to left.  He is hoping to return to the starting line-up when the second-half of the season resumes on the 21st. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/16/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Yulieski Gourriel left Wednesday's game against Hiroshima on defense in the 3rd because of discomfort in his left side. Source: Sponichi 7/16/2014 ... Gourriel started feeling some discomfort in his left side during his second at bat in the top of the 3rd.  He could visit a hospital for tests on Thursday. Source: Daily Sports 7/16/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/16/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Chris Narveson was slated to start Wednesday's game against the Yomiuri Giants at Tokyo Dome, but was scratched at the last minute because of neck pain he started experiencing during practice on Tuesday. Source: Daily Sports 7/16/2014 ... The injury does not appear to be serious.  The team trainer told reporters it was like he slept on his neck wrong. Source: Sports Hochi 7/16/2014