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Yokohama Bay Stars 6 – Chunichi Dragons 11 (April 15, 2014)

by on Apr.15, 2014 @ 9:04 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Yokohama Bay Stars vs Chunichi Dragons @ Nagoya Dome - 18:00
Starters: Kubo, Yasutomo (YOK) 1-0, 3.46 - Cabrera, Daniel (CHU) 2-0, 1.29

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Yokohama 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 1 6 5 2
Chunichi 0 2 0 4 0 4 1 0 X 11 16 2

Attendance: 22565 | Time: 3h58m | Chunichi leads series, 1-0-0

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[4/14/2014] Injury Report: Kenta Maeda (Hiroshima), Tony Blanco (Yokohama)

by on Apr.14, 2014 @ 11:57 pm, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Ryoma Matsuda started having problems with his right elbow during spring camp.  The Tigers shut him down and he has yet to start playing catch.  There is currently no timetable on him.  There is a good chance he will miss the first-half of the season.  Source: Daily Sports 4/14/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda is scheduled to play some catch on the 16th.  The Carp will wait to make a decision on him until they have had a chance to see how he is feeling on the 16th.  Source: Sponichi 4/14/2014 ... If Maeda is okay to pitch, he could get a start during a Yokohama series that begins on the 18th.  The 20th, on seven days of rest, is a possibility.  Looking to next week, Kenjiro Nomura is hoping Maeda will be okay for the Yomiuri series that begins on the 25th.  If Maeda needs rest, the Carp could take him off the active roster as late as the 17th without losing him as an option to start the last game of the Yomiuri series on the 27th.  Source: Sponichi 4/14/2014, Sanspo 4/14/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Tony Blanco missed the games over the weekend because of tightness in his left calf.  He is still considered day-to-day.  His status on Tuesday will depend on how he feels during pre-game practices.  Source: Sponichi 4/14/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Atsunori Inaba had surgery to clean out his left knee at a hospital in Sapporo on Monday.  He will stay in the hospital for a couple of days before beginning his rehab at the Ni-gun facilities in Chiba.  He will require five to six weeks for a full recovery.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/14/2014

[4/14/2014] Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Apr.14, 2014 @ 11:54 pm, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • Masahiro Yamamoto threw close to fifty pitches in the bullpen on Monday.  He is slated to start a Ni-gun game on the 17th against Hiroshima at Nagoya Stadium.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/14/2014
  • To commemorate Daola's twentieth anniversary, his next book (split into four parts) will be available for purchase in both Japan and the United States through iBooks and Google Play Books.  The first part will be released on April 18 at 185 yen.  The other three parts will be released on April 25 at 232 yen each.  Source: official announcement

Yokohama Bay Stars

Yakult Swallows

  • Ryosuke Yagi will most likely get a start on the 16th against Yomiuri at Jingu.  He threw fifty-five pitches in the bullpen on Monday.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/14/2014
  • 3rd round draft pick Ryo Akiyoshi will be moving to the bullpen from the starting rotation.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/14/2014
  • Wladimir Balentien homered in his fourth straight game on Sunday.  He joined Roberto Petagine and Alex Ramirez as the only players in franchise history to hit home runs in four or more games three times during their stints with the team.  Petagine: five games twice, four games once.  Ramirez: five games in 2003, four games in 2004 and 2005.  Balentien: four games in August 2011, June 2013, and April 2014.  Sadaharu Oh and Randy Bass hold the NPB record with seven games (1972 and 1986, respectively).  Source: Sponichi 4/14/2014, Sanspo 4/14/2014
  • Talento Mai Yamagishi will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before a game against the Yomiuri Giants at Jingu Stadium on the 16th.  Source: official announcement

[4/13/2014] Injury Report: Yoshitomo Tani, Yoshio Itoi (ORI), Atsunori Inaba (HAM)

by on Apr.13, 2014 @ 11:53 pm, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Shinya Azuhata played in an Ikusei game against Tokyo Gas on Saturday.  He was involved in a collision play at home plate in the 5th inning and struck his head hard.  He was carried off the field on a stretcher and taken to the hospital in an ambulance.  He was conscious.  Tests at the hospital did not reveal any problems in the head.  Azuhata told reporters he was fine when he returned to the team dormitory after the game.  Source: Daily Sports 4/13/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda felt some tightness in his right elbow before his start on Saturday.  He pitched because he thought he would okay.  He pulled himself out of the game as soon as he felt he could no longer be effective.  The injury does not appear to be serious.  The Carp are planning to take things one day at a time.  Source: Daily Sports 4/13/2014 ... Maeda will get treatment and Hiroshima will check to see how he is doing over the next two to three days.  There is a good he will miss his next start on the 19th against Yokohama at Yokohama.  Source: Sponichi 4/13/2014 ... Hiroshima's chief trainer told reporters that inflammations generally get better after three to four days.  Source: Sponichi 4/13/2014 ... "I do not think it is a major injury," said Kenjiro Nomura.  "We will see how he is feeling today and tomorrow.  He said it was feeling better than yesterday, but things could change tomorrow."  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/13/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Tony Blanco did not play on Saturday because of discomfort in the back of his left thigh.  Source: Daily Sports 4/13/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Yoshitomo Tani took a thrown ball (at close range) off his head while running the bases in the 8th inning of Sunday's game against the Softbank Hawks.  He was taken to the hospital in an ambulance after the game.  Source: Sports Hochi 4/13/2014
  • Yoshio Itoi left Sunday's game on defense in the bottom of the 2nd because of discomfort in his right side -- he felt something when he swung the bat during his trip to the plate in the 1st inning.  It could be connected to the injury he suffered during spring camp.  He left the stadium before the end of the game and got treatment at the team hotel.  Source: Sports Hochi 4/13/2014, Sponichi 4/13/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/13/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

[4/12/2014] Injury Report: Kenta Maeda (Hiroshima), Ryosuke Morioka (Yakult)

by on Apr.12, 2014 @ 11:43 pm, under NPB
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Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda was pulled from Saturday's game against Chunichi after throwing sixty-six pitches through five innings.  Kenjiro Nomura later told reporters he was removed as a precaution because of tightness in his right elbow, which was something he had before the start of the game.  The Carp will wait to see how Maeda is feeling on Sunday before deciding what steps to take next.  According to a number of reports, he has some inflammation near his right triceps brachii muscle.  Also of note: a number of MLB scouts were in the stands, including Marty Brown (Nationals), Yuichi "Joe" Furukawa (Rangers), and Mack Hayashi (Diamondbacks).  Source: Daily Sports 4/12/2014, Sports Hochi 4/12/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/12/2014, Sponichi 4/12/2014, Sponichi 4/12/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Toshiki Kurobane took an HBP off his right hand on Friday.  He was examined at a hospital in Yokohama and diagnosed with a fracture in his right thumb.  He was taken off the active roster on Saturday.  He will require about a month for a full recovery.  Source: Sports Hochi 4/12/2014, Sponichi 4/12/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Ryosuke Morioka got hurt during Friday's game against Yokohama.  He was examined at a hospital in Tokyo and diagnosed with a strain in his right side (internal oblique).  He will require three to four weeks for a full recovery.  Source: Jiji Press 4/12/2014, Sponichi 4/12/2014

[4/11/2014] Injury Report: Tony Blanco (Yokohama), Ryosuke Morioka (Yakult)

by on Apr.12, 2014 @ 12:31 am, under NPB
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Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Tony Blanco was pulled from Friday's game on defense in the 3rd with discomfort in the back of his left thigh.  He may not be able to play on Saturday.  Toshiki Kurobane was taken out of the game after taking an HBP off his right hand in the 9th.  3rd round draft pick Hiroki Minei could be called up if Kurobane is unable to play.  Source: Sponichi 4/11/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Ryosuke Morioka hurt his right side when he hit a single to right in the 6th inning of Friday's game against Yokohama.  He remained in the game and was replaced by a pinch-runner after picking up his third hit of the game, an infield single in the 8th.  He is considered day-to-day.  Source: Sponichi 4/11/2014

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 6 – Yokohama Bay Stars 5 (April 11, 2014)

by on Apr.11, 2014 @ 4:00 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Yakult Swallows vs Yokohama Bay Stars @ Yokohama Stadium - 18:00
Starters: Ogawa, Yasuhiro (YAK) 2-0, 1.29 - Miura, Daisuke (YOK) 0-0, 1.29

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Yakult 0 0 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 6 10 0
Yokohama 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 2 5 11 0

Attendance: 14578 | Time: 3h46m | Yakult leads series, 2-1-0

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