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[4/20/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Apr.20, 2014 @ 11:54 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants lost after giving up five runs in the 11th inning on Saturday.  The last time they allowed five or more runs in extra innings was when they gave up six runs in the 12th against Chunichi at Tokyo Dome on October 10, 2006. Source: Sponichi 4/20/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Mauro Gomez reached based in his twenty-first consecutive game on Sunday and tied the franchise record for first-year foreign players set by Cecil Fielder in 1989. Source: Sanspo 4/20/2014, Daily Sports 4/20/2014 ... Gomez joined Jim Paciorek (1992), George Arias (2002), and Andy Sheets (2005) as the only foreign players in franchise history to record twenty or more RBIs in April during their first season with the Tigers.  Of the four, only Gomez has managed to achieve the feat during his first year in the NPB.  Source: Sponichi 4/20/2014
  • Daiki Enokida was sent down to Ni-gun on Sunday for extra work.  He has been pulled after three or fewer innings in three of the four starts he has made so far this year.  In the three starts (3.0 innings on March 30 against Yomiuri; 1.2 innings on April 6 against Yakult; and 2.1 innings on April 19 against Yakult), he gave up twelve runs (all earned) on seventeen hits. Source: Sanspo 4/20/2014, Daily Sports 4/20/2014
  • The Tigers extended their winning streak at Koshien to eight games.  Their last eight-game winning streak at Koshien came in September 2006. Source: Sponichi 4/20/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/20/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Takeru Imamura will be sent down to Ni-gun after giving up three runs (all earned) on four hits over two innings of work on Sunday. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/20/2014
  • The Carp moved eight games above .500 on Saturday for the first time since June 5, 1998 (27-19-0).  The last time they were eight games above .500 in April was on April 28, 1998 (14-6-0). ... 2nd round draft pick Allen Kuri joined Yasuyuki Yamauchi (1995), Hiroki Kuroda (1997), and Yuya Fukui (2011) as the only pitchers in franchise history to start their careers with a two-game winning streak. Source: Sanspo 4/20/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/20/2014
  • Shota Dobayashi hit a grand slam on Saturday and joined Terushi Nakajima (September 1990) and Takanori Suzuki (July 1995) as the only players in NPB history to hit a grand slam, walk-off home run (April 2), and pinch-hit home run (April 8) in the same month. Source: Sponichi 4/20/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars fell ten games under .500 on Saturday after playing eighteen games for the first time since 2003. Source: Sanpso 4/20/2014

[4/19/2014] Yomiuri Giants announce agreement with Frederich Cepeda

by on Apr.19, 2014 @ 12:03 pm, under NPB
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According to at least two reports, the Yomiuri Giants have agreed to a one-year deal with the Baseball Federation of Cuba and thirty-four-year-old Cuban outfielder Frederich Cepeda.  He could arrive in Japan as early as mid-May, depending on his visa situation.  An official announcement of the deal is expected within the next few days.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/19/2014, Sports Hochi 4/19/2014, Jiji Press 4/19/2014, Yomiuri Shimbun 4/19/2014

[UPDATE @ 7:02pm]

The Giants announced that they agreed to a deal with Cepeda.  He has been assigned the number twenty-three.  They expect him to arrive in Japan some time around mid-May, assuming his visa clears without any problems.

The Giants also announced that they signed a Friendship Agreement with the Baseball Federation of Cuba.  As part of the agreement, they will consider accepting coaches in training from Cuba.

Source: official announcement

[UPDATE 10:56pm]

According to Sponichi, Cepeda agreed to a one-year deal worth 150 million yen with a signing bonus of 50 million yen.

Source: Sponichi 4/19/2014

[4/18/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Apr.19, 2014 @ 12:47 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Shinnosuke Abe recorded his second multi-homer game in as many days on Thursday.  It was the third time he recorded multiple home runs in back-to-back games.  The previous two times both came in 2004: April 11 (two vs Yakult) and 13 (two vs Chunichi); and April 28 and 29 (both against Yakult; three on the 28th and two on the 29th).  No other player in Central League history has accomplished this feat.  Three have recorded multiple home runs in back-to-back games: Sadaharu Oh (1967, 1976), Masaru Uno (1985 twice), and Katsumi Hirosawa (1986, 1992).  Source: Sanspo 4/18/2014, Sponichi 4/18/2014
  • Shuichi Murata will again donate money to organizations involved in providing neonatal care -- 10,000 yen for every hit records this season.  He will also continue to invite current and former NICU patients and their families to games at Tokyo Dome.  Source: official announcement

Hanshin Tigers

  • Randy Messenger moved past Darrell May (540) into sole possession of third on the Central League's all time strikeout list for foreign pitchers.  Messenger struck out seven on Thursday and now has 542 over his NPB career. Source: Daily Sports 4/18/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • The Carp moved six games above .500 with their victory on Thursday.  It was the first time they recorded six more wins than losses after playing in at least sixteen games since they were 15-9-1 on May 1, 2000.  Source: Sanspo 4/18/2014
  • Brad Eldred likes to fish because he finds it relaxing.  He has not done much fishing in Japan during the season, but might start this year if he can find a good spot in Hiroshima.  Source: Tokyo Sports 4/18/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Daisuke Miura gave six runs (all earned) on ten hits and five home runs over six innings of work against Hiroshima on Friday.  He will be taken off the active roster on Saturday.  Source: Daily Sports 4/18/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien walked over to Shinnosuke Abe during pre-game practices on Thursday to apologize for what happened on Wednesday night -- he upset Scott Mathieson when he did a little celebration after hitting a home run in the 9th; after rounding the bases, he looked toward Mathieson and started walking toward him, both benches cleared.  Source: Sports Hochi 4/18/2014

[4/17/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons

by on Apr.17, 2014 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Shinnosuke Abe hit two home runs in Wednesday's game against Yakult, including a shot in the 10th inning.  The home run in extra innings was the fifth of his career, first since April 24, 2009.  The multi-home run game was the twenty-seventh of his career.  Top five Yomiuri players, multi-home run games: Sadaharu Oh (ninety-five, NPB record), Hideki Matsui (forty), Shigeo Nagashima (thirty-six), Yoshinobu Takahashi (thirty-one), Tatsunori Hara (twenty-eight).  Source: Sponichi 4/17/2014 ... Abe hit two more home runs in Thursday's game against Yakult and moved into a fifth place tie with Hara.  It was the first time he recorded multiple home runs in back-to-back games since April 28 and 29, 2004 (both games against Yakult).  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/17/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Mauro Gomez has reached base in all eighteen of Hanshin's games this season.  Cecil Fielder set the franchise record for reaching base in consecutive games by a foreign player in their first year (twenty-one games in 1989).  Source: Daily Sports 4/17/2014 ... Thomas O'Malley reached safely in nineteen straight in 1991.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/17/2014

Chunichi Dragons

[4/15/2014] Injury Report: Takeya Nakamura (Seibu), Kevin Youkilis (Rakuten)

by on Apr.15, 2014 @ 11:51 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Yoshiyuki Kamei worked out at Giants Stadium on Tuesday.  A cast he wore for his right index finger fracture came off on the 12th.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/15/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • Kevin Youkilis did not play in Tuesday's game against Softbank.  Youkilis hurt his left thumb during a game on the 11th.  Source: Sanspo 4/15/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Takeya Nakamura (tightness in the left portion of his back) is scheduled to play in a Ni-gun rehab game later this week.  If he can play in a few games without any problems, he could make the active roster before the end of the month, perhaps as early as the 22nd.  Source: Sports Hochi 4/15/2014