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[8/20/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Aug.21, 2014 @ 1:54 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Shinnosuke Abe has hit six home runs in extra innings over his career: August 11, 2002 against Hiroshima, 10th inning; May 1, 2004 against Hiroshima, 11th inning; August 19, 2007 against Yakult, 10th inning; April 24, 2009 against Chunichi, 10th inning; April 16, 2014 against Yakult, 10th inning; August 19, 2014 against Yakult, 11th inning. Source: Sanspo 8/20/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Takashi Toritani recorded his 111th career modasho on Wednesday and tied Makoto Imaoka for fifth on the franchise's all-time list. Source: Daily Sports 8/20/2014
  • Randy Messenger's next start will most likely come on the 26th against Yomiuri. Source: Daily Sports 8/20/2014 ... Messenger currently leads the league in wins (11) and strikeouts (180).  Gene Bacque is the only foreign pitcher in franchise history to finish a season in first with wins (29 in 1964).  Messenger is the only foreign pitcher in franchise history to finish a season in first with strikeouts (183 in 2013).  If Messenger manages to finish the seasons in first in wins and strikeouts, he would become the first foreign pitcher in franchise history to accomplish the feat.  He would also become the first pitcher in franchise history to win two pitching titles in the same season since Yutaka Enatsu in 1968 (25 wins, 401 strikeouts). Source: Sanspo 8/20/2014 ... Jeremy Powell is the only foreign pitcher in NPB history to capture the strikeout and win title in the same season (2002, 17 wins, 182 strikeouts).  Bacque holds the record for most strikeouts by a foreign pitcher in one season with 200 in 1964.  The last foreign pitcher to lead the league in strikeouts two years in a row was Colby Lewis (183 in 2008 and 186 in 2009). Source: Sponichi 8/20/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • The Carp tied a franchise record by banging out at least ten hits in their eighth straight game on Wednesday. Source: Sponichi 8/20/2014
  • Bryan Bullington will be taken off the active roster after giving up seven runs (all earned) on ten hits over three innings of work against the Yokohama Bay Stars on Wednesday.  Kenjiro Nomura hopes Bullington can use the ten days for rest and recovery. Source: Sponichi 8/20/2014
  • The Ni-gun Carp played in two Industrial League Hiroshima Tournament games on Tuesday.  Deunte Heath started the  semifinals game against Mitsubishi Juko Hiroshima.  He gave up three runs over seven innings of work and was the winning pitcher on record.  Brad Eldred was the starting designated hitter and batted clean-up.  He went 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI.  In the Finals game, Ryuhei Matsuyama was responsible for driving in the game-winning run in the 8th.  Matsuyama played in all four games of the tournament and went 6-for-16 with five RBI. Source: Daily Sports 8/20/2014, Nikkan Sports 8/20/2014
  • Ryosuke Kikuchi was using bats made of maple before switching over to white ash in July. Source: Sponichi 8/20/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Daisuke Miura and Takehiro Ishikawa took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Wednesday.  They were challenged by Guillermo Moscoso.  Miura reportedly sent out challenges to Kiyoshi Nakahata, team owner Makoto Haruna, and team president Jun Ikeda. Source: Sanspo 8/20/2014

[8/19/2014] Injury Report: Kyohei Muranaka (Yakult), Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (Yokohama)

by on Aug.20, 2014 @ 3:26 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tomoyuki Sugano (right middle finger) could return to the active roster in time to get a start during a three-game series against Yokohama that begins on the 29th at Yokohama. Source: Sanspo 8/19/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Kazuhiro Wada (right wrist) is scheduled to get his third follow-up examination on the 22nd. Source: Sponichi 8/19/2014
  • Hitoki Iwase (left elbow) started throwing off the mound on Monday.  He threw thirty pitches (including breaking pitches) at almost full strength.  He could be ready to play before the end of August. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/19/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • There was talk about the possibility of Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (concussion) returning to the active roster on the 24th, but he is still not feeling well and has not been able to resume hitting or fielding practice.  He has been doing other things to stay in shape. Source: Sponichi 8/19/2014
  • Yulieski Gourriel (left side) could return on the 26th. Source: Sponichi 8/19/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Kyohei Muranaka left Tuesday's game against the Yomiuri Giants after six full.  Under normal circumstances, he may have pitched longer, but he tweaked his right shoulder during his at bat in the 3rd and took a batted ball off his right calf in the 6th. Source: Sponichi 8/19/2014

[8/19/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers

by on Aug.20, 2014 @ 3:26 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hirokazu Sawamura joined the Ichi-gun pitchers for workouts at Giants Stadium on Monday.  He could make his next Ichi-gun start on the 21st against Yakult at Jingu.  If he does not pitch well, he will most likely be shuttled back to Ni-gun for more work. Source: Sanspo 8/19/2014, Daily Sports 8/19/2014 ... If it comes down to Sawamura and Yuki Egarashi, pitching coach Kazuhisa Kawaguchi plans to go with the latter. Sponichi 8/20/2014
  • Hector Mendoza pitched in a practice game against Chuo University on Tuesday.  He started the game and tossed a shutout inning.  He topped out at 146km/h and struck out two. Source: Sanspo 8/19/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Takashi Toritani recorded the 110th modasho of his career on Tuesday.  He is one modasho away from tying Makoto Imaoka for fifth on the franchise all-time list. Source: Daily Sports 8/19/2014
  • Randy Messenger joined Gene Bacque as the only foreign pitchers in franchise history to record fifty or more victories. Source: Sponichi 8/19/2014 ... Messenger has so far recorded seven RBI this year.  Bacque set the franchise record for foreign pitchers with eleven in 1965.  The last Hanshin pitcher to record ten or more RBIs in a season (foreign or Japanese) was Matt Keough with ten in 1989. Source: Daily Sports 8/19/2014
  • The Tigers are carrying two full-time catchers: Kazunari Tsuruoka and Ryutaro Umeno.  Ryota Imanari is listed as a catcher, but the Tigers have been using him primarily as a third baseman this year.  However, they also see him as a back-up catcher, should something happen to the other two. Source: Sanspo 8/19/2014
  • Shintaro Fujinami's next two starts could come on the 22nd against Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium and on the 28th against Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome. Source: Daily Sports 8/19/2014, Sponichi 8/19/2014
  • A young pitcher working out at Ni-gun is expected to get the start on the 21st against Chunichi.  Akira Iwamoto and Kazuhito Futagami are candidates. Source: Sanspo 8/19/2014
  • The Tigers could be interested in Daisuke Yamai and Yoshihisa Hirano.  Both players have already earned their domestic FA options. Source: Sports Hochi 8/19/2014

Yomiuri Giants 6 – Tokyo Yakult Swallows 4 (August 19, 2014)

by on Aug.19, 2014 @ 4:00 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Yomiuri Giants vs Yakult Swallows @ Jingu Stadium - 18:00
Starters: Sugiuchi, Toshiya (YOM) 7-5, 3.07 - Muranaka, Kyohei (YAK) 2-2, 3.42

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Yomiuri 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 2 6 14 0
Yakult 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 4 8 0

Attendance: 28897 | Time: 4h5m | Yomiuri leads series, 8-6-0

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[8/18/2014] Injury Report: Tetsuya Matsumoto (Yomiuri), Yuji Kaneko (Seibu)

by on Aug.19, 2014 @ 2:50 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tetsuya Matsumoto felt pain in his right hand after he fouled off a pitch during his at bat in the 7th inning of Friday's game against Hiroshima.  He was examined at a hospital in Tokyo on Monday and diagnosed with a hamate hook fracture.  He is scheduled to undergo surgery to treat the injury on the 20th.  There is no timetable on his return. Source: Daily Sports 8/18/2014, Nikkan Sports 8/18/2014, Sponichi 8/18/2014
  • Tomoyuki Sugano (right middle finger) did some long distance throwing at Giants Stadium for the first time since he got hurt.  He slowly expanded the gap out until it reached about ninety-five meters.  Assuming no setbacks, he could toss a bullpen session on the 20th.  He could then move on to batting practice some time during the weekend. Source: Sponichi 8/18/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Anderson Hernandez did not play on Sunday against Yakult because of the tightness he started feeling in his left thigh during Saturday's game. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/18/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Yuji Kaneko was taken off the active roster on Monday with a bruise on his right index finger. Source: Sanspo 8/18/2014 ... Kaneko suffered the injury when attempting a bunt during a game against the Nippon Ham Fighters on the 16th. Source: Sports Hochi 8/18/2014

[8/18/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Aug.19, 2014 @ 2:43 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Yoshinobu Takahashi's father, Juei, died of heart failure at a hospital in Chiba at 4:50am on August 18.  He was seventy-five. Source: Daily Sports 8/18/2014
  • Susumu Orui (23) filed marriage papers with a twenty-two-year-old woman. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/18/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Yuta Iwasada received about five hundred congratulatory e-mails from friends and supporters after he recorded the first Ichi-gun victory of his career on the 17th. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/18/2014
  • The Tigers recorded their third two-homer inning of the season on Sunday: July 1 against Yakult, 4th inning, Ryutaro Umeno and Mauro Gomez; August 5 against Yakult, 3rd inning, Takashi Toritani and Matt Murton.  The franchise record of four was set twice in the past: Game 1 against Hiroshima on September 19, 1976 and against Yakult on August 14, 1983. Source: Sanspo 8/18/2014

Hiroshima Carp

Chunichi Dragons

  • Motonobu Tanishige set a new NPB record when he homered for the first time this season on July 22 against Yokohama at Yokohama.  The blast gave him at least one home run in twenty-six consecutive seasons.  The bat and ball that set the record will be donated to the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Tokyo.  The items will be put on display on the evening of August 23. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/18/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Masanori Ishikawa's next start could come on the 21st against Yomiuri at Jingu. Source: Sponichi 8/18/2014

[8/17/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Yakult Swallows

by on Aug.18, 2014 @ 3:20 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hector Mendoza tossed his first batting practice at Giants Stadium on the 17th.  He faced Ikusei players Chikara Yoshikawa and Ryusei Kitanosono, threw forty pitches, and allowed six could-be hits.  He topped out at 143km/h. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/17/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Hiroki Uemoto hit a home run off the first pitch he saw in the top of the 1st inning of Sunday's game against the Yokohama Bay Stars.  It was the second lead-off home run of his career, and the first that came on the first pitch.  The last Hanshin player to hit a lead-off home run on a first pitch was Takashi Toritani against Yokohama at Yokohama on June 20, 2010. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/17/2014
  • Another story about Hanshin's interest in Hiroyuki Nakajima. Source: Sanspo 8/17/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yasuhiro Ogawa feels he did not spend enough time resting his shoulder and elbow during the off-season.  It may have also resulted in problems with his mechanics that began at start of the season: he thinks he is not getting enough power behind his pitches this year because he is opening up too quickly and falling off the mound toward first too much. Source: Sponichi 8/17/2014
  • Nagisa Arakaki has thrown four or more wild pitches in one game three times during his career: four wild pitches against Rakuten on April 17, 2007 with Softbank; set the NPB record with five wild pitches against Seibu on August 20, 2008 with Softbank; tied the Central League record with four wild pitches against Chunichi on August 16, 2014 with Yakult.  Arakaki joined Yuhei Takai (2004, 2006) and Orlando Roman (2012) as the only pitchers in the Central League to throw four wild pitches in one game.  He also became the first pitcher to throw four or more wild pitches in one game in both leagues. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/17/2014, Sponichi 8/17/2014