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[10/19/2014] Rumors: Jose Lopez, Chris Seddon (Yomiuri), Daisuke Yamai (Chunichi)

by on Oct.20, 2014 @ 6:23 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Jose Lopez and Scott Mathieson left Japan on the 19th. Lopez is a question mark for next season. He is interested in returning. Mathieson will be in the second year of a two-year deal in 2015. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014
  • Leslie Anderson might require left elbow surgery during the winter. There is a good chance the Giants will ask him back. Frederich Cepeda will most likely return. The Giants are expected to part ways with Chris Seddon. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014
  • Yoshiyuki Kamei and Kentaro Nishimura both earned domestic FA options this year. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014
  • The Giants are planning to look into Chihiro Kaneko. Source: Daily Sports 10/19/2014 ... The Giants will be keeping an eye on Yulieski Gourriel and Alfredo Despaigne. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014 ... The Giants are not planning to offer Cepeda a contract for 2015 and are looking into Hiroyuki Nakajima. Source: Sanspo 10/19/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Ni-gun manager Katsuo Hirata could be reassigned to Ichi-gun head coach. Ni-gun chief/hitting coach Hideo Furuya could take over as Ni-gun manager. Ichi-gun general coach Haruki Yoshitake could join the front office. Source: Sanspo 10/19/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Eishin Soyogi and Shogo Kimura earned their domestic FA options this year. They are expected to meet team officials on the 20th to discuss their options. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014
  • Kenta Maeda has not given up on his dream to play in the Majors and would like to head overseas sooner rather than later. This winter may not be in the cards. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Daisuke Yamai on his FA option: "There was a time when I wanted to know what kind of interest other teams had in me, but not anymore. More than that, I learned that I have a really strong bond with this team (Chunichi)." Source: Sports Hochi 10/19/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Kiyoshi Nakahata would like to see Yulieski Gourriel return to the Bay Stars next season. Nakahata plans to work him harder if he does. "I treated him like a guest this year, things will be different next year. He doesn't really seem interested in defense. He doesn't like practicing, but he will have to if he does not want to become a distraction. I'll sit down and talk to him about it [if he comes back]." Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows would like Hiroyasu Tanaka and Ryoji Aikawa to return in 2015. They are expected to begin negotiations with the two players soon. Source: Daily Sports 10/19/2014

Rakuten Eagles

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes are putting together a list of foreign player candidates in case negotiations with Wily Mo Pena fall through. Kila Ka'aihue is one of the candidates on the list. There may be other players with NPB experience on the list. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014

[10/19/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Chunichi Dragons

by on Oct.20, 2014 @ 5:32 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Kazuhisa Kawaguchi will be stepping down as general pitching coach. He will be joining the front office on a part-time basis. The Giants decided to accept hitting coach Hideki Hashigami's resignation. Source: official announcement
  • The Giants have approached Yoshinobu Takahashi about being a player/hitting coach next year. The veteran has shown an interest in taking on the added responsibilities. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014, Sponichi 10/19/2014
  • Hisayoshi Chono will get his right elbow cleaned out during the off-season. He will most likely require about two months for a full recovery and should be fine for spring camp next year. He might also need right knee surgery. Kenji Yano will also be getting his right elbow cleaned out. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Kazuhiro Wada (right wrist) started using both hands while taking soft-toss batting practice on Sunday. He also resumed playing catch. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/19/2014
  • Shota Suzuki threw thirty pitches in the bullpen after his Phoenix League start on Saturday. Motonobu Tanishige caught the session. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/19/2014
  • A number of players spent time signing autographs for fans that came to watch fall practices over the weekend. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/19/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/19/2014

[10/18/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.19, 2014 @ 3:18 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Shinnosuke Abe went 2-for-16 during the Final Stage. He batted clean-up in all four games. Source: Sponichi 10/18/2014
  • Tomoyuki Sugano (right elbow) worked out at Giants Stadium on Saturday. He did some long distance throwing and maxed out at about seventy meters. It was the longest distance he threw since he resumed throwing after his injury. Source: Sponichi 10/18/2014 ... Sugano could throw pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen as early as the 21st. Source: Sponichi 10/18/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda was a guest commentator on the broadcast for the Hanshin-Yomiuri Final Stage Climax Series game on Saturday. When asked about posting, he replied, "I'm not really sure, I need to talk things over with the team first. This is not something I alone can decide." Source: Daily Sports 10/18/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Shuhei Takahashi had to field 200 grounders after a game of rock, scissor, paper with Motonobu Tanshige on the 17th. Tanishige spent about an hitting balls to Takahashi. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Fall practices under new manager Mitsuru Manaka started at Jingun Gaien on Saturday. Source: Daily Sports 10/18/2014
  • Yoshinori Sato (right shoulder) participated in fall practices. After playing some catch, he threw fifty pitches in the bullpen. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2014
  • There is a chance Wladimir Balentien will miss spring camp next year. Balentien had surgery on his left Achilles tendon earlier this month on the 1st and could require about six months for a full recovery. The Swallows will request his presence at spring camp if he is healthy enough, but will not force him to attend if he still needs time. Source: Sponichi 10/18/2014

CS: Hanshin Tigers 8 – Yomiuri Giants 4 (October 18, 2014)

by on Oct.18, 2014 @ 4:01 am, under Game Summaries, NPB, Postseason
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Hanshin Tigers vs Yomiuri Giants @ Tokyo Dome - 18:00
Starters: Nomi, Atsushi (HAN) 9-13, 3.99 - Koyama, Yuki (YOM) 6-2, 2.41

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Hanshin 4 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 8 11 0
Yomiuri 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 13 0

Attendance: 46311 | Time: 3h42m | Hanshin leads series, 4-0-0

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[10/17/2014] Climax Series: Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Oct.18, 2014 @ 2:46 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hisayoshi Chono's right knee is still not 100 percent. Source: Sponichi 10/17/2014
  • Tomoyuki Sugano (right elbow) played catch at a distance of about thirty meters on Friday. He told reporters it was the best he felt since he started throwing. Source: Sponichi 10/17/2014
  • Yoshinobu Takahashi (right middle finger) did some long distance throwing at sixty to seventy meters on Friday, a day after he played catch at roughly fifty meters. He also took live batting practice: fifty one-hop baseballs and fifty slow and easy pitches. Source: Sponichi 10/17/2014
  • Hirokazu Sawamura was ejected for throwing a dangerous pitch during Thursday's Final Stage game against Hanshin. He became the third person to get ejected from a Playoff/Climax Series game. The other two: Bunjiro Sakamoto, coach, 1979 Playoffs, Game 3, getting rough with an umpire; and Micheal Nakamura, 2009 Climax Series Second Stage, Game 1, dangerous pitch. The ejection for throwing a dangerous pitch was a first for Sawamura during his Ichi-gun career. Source: Sponichi 10/17/2014

Hanshin Tigers

Softbank Hawks

Nippon Ham Fighters

CS: Hanshin Tigers 4 – Yomiuri Giants 2 (October 17, 2014)

by on Oct.17, 2014 @ 4:00 am, under Game Summaries, NPB, Postseason
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Hanshin Tigers vs Yomiuri Giants @ Tokyo Dome - 18:00
Starters: Messenger, Randy (HAN) 13-10, 3.20 - Sugiuchi, Toshiya (YOM) 10-6, 3.16

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Hanshin 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 4 11 0
Yomiuri 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 0

Attendance: 46025 | Time: 3h44m | Hanshin leads series, 3-0-0

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[10/16/2014] Climax Series: Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers

by on Oct.17, 2014 @ 2:55 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tetsuya Utsumi dropped his start on Wednesday and is now 1-4 lifetime in Climax Series games. Only Kazumi Saito and Toshiya Sugiuchi have more Playoff/Climax Series losses with five. The four losses put Utsumi in a tie with Wei-Ying Chen. Utsumi is 5-1 in Nippon Series games. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/16/2014 ... Utsumi became the third pitcher in franchise history to give up three or more runs in the 1st inning of a Climax Series game. The other two: Dicky Gonzalez, 2009, Second Stage, Game 1, five runs; and Shun Tono, 2010, Final Stage, Game 1, four runs. Source: Sponichi 10/16/2014
  • There is a chance Tomoyuki Sugano (right elbow) will be able to make it back to the active roster in time for the Nippon Series. He started playing catch with a baseball on Wednesday. He threw the last ten baseballs at a distance of roughly twenty meters. He told reporters he felt good, that he threw only fastballs, and at about fifty percent strength. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/16/2014 ... Sugano threw the ball fifty-eight times during his game of catch on Wednesday. Source: Daily Sports 10/16/2014 ... Sugano played catch again on Thursday. He expanded the distance to about fifty meters. Source: Sponichi 10/16/2014
  • Yoshinobu Takahashi started taking batting practice against batting practice pitchers throwing easy pitches. He swung at about forty pitches thrown on one hop to the plate, then about forty pitches thrown by a pitcher on one knee. His goal is to be ready for the Nippon Series. Source: Sponichi 10/16/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • At twenty years and six month, Shintaro Fujinami became the fifth youngest pitcher to record a Playoff/Climax Series win. Kimiyasu Kudo holds the record at nineteen years and five months, set in 1982. Fujinami set the new Central League record, breaking Katsuki Akagawa's mark of twenty-one years and three months, set in 2011. Fujinami is the youngest pitcher in franchise history to record a postseason victory. The previous franchise record of twenty-five years and ten months was set by Minoru Murayama (1962 Nippon Series, Game 1). Source: Nikkan Sports 10/16/2014, Sponichi 10/16/2014
  • Mauro Gomez became the first hitter in franchise history to hit a home run as a clean-up hitter during a Playoff/Climax Series game. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/16/2014

CS: Hanshin Tigers 5 – Yomiuri Giants 2 (October 16, 2014)

by on Oct.16, 2014 @ 4:00 am, under Game Summaries, NPB, Postseason
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Hanshin Tigers vs Yomiuri Giants @ Tokyo Dome - 18:00
Starters: Messenger, Randy (HAN) 13-10, 3.20 - Sawamura, Hirokazu (YOM) 5-3, 3.72

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Hanshin 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 0 5 10 2
Yomiuri 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 7 0

Attendance: 44728 | Time: 3h19m | Hanshin leads series, 2-0-0

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CS: Hanshin Tigers 4 – Yomiuri Giants 1 (October 15, 2014)

by on Oct.15, 2014 @ 4:00 am, under Game Summaries, NPB, Postseason
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Hanshin Tigers vs Yomiuri Giants @ Tokyo Dome - 18:00
Starters: Iwata, Minoru (HAN) 9-8, 2.54 - Utsumi, Tetsuya (YOM) 7-9, 3.17

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Hanshin 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 9 0
Yomiuri 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 7 0

Attendance: 44871 | Time: 2h59m | Hanshin leads series, 1-0-0

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[10/14/2014] Climax Series: Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Softbank Hawks

by on Oct.15, 2014 @ 2:58 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Players will be allowed to travel to Tokyo Dome from their homes during the Final Stage, should they so desire. Source: Sanspo 10/14/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Pitching coach Takashi Yamaguchi told reporters he was not going to rule out using Seung-Hwan Oh in all six games of the Final Stage. Source: Sanspo 10/14/2014
  • The first four starters for the Final Stage of the Climax Series will likely be Minoru Iwata, Randy Messenger, Shintaro Fujinami, and Atsushi Nomi. Source: Sports Hochi 10/14/2014
  • Suguru Iwazaki could get the Game 5 start. Source: Sanspo 10/14/2014
  • Hanshin pitchers have combined to toss twenty-one consecutive scoreless innings so far in two Climax Series games. The postseason record of twenty-four consecutive scoreless innings was set by Yomiuri against Nankai during the 1951 Nippon Series: Hideo Fujimoto (Game 1, nine inning complete game shutout), Takehiko Bessho (Game 2, nine inning complete game shutout), and Kiyoshi Matsuda (Game 3, six shutout innings). Source: Nikkan Sports 10/14/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Softbank was having a hard time selling visiting team section tickets to the Final Stage of the Climax Series after Monday's game was postponed due to Typhoon #19. As of Monday, they still had about 10,000 total tickets for the first two games of the series. Source: Sanspo 10/14/2014, Sponichi 10/14/2014