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[9/22/2014] Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima, Chunichi, Yokohama, Yakult

by on Sep.23, 2014 @ 5:45 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tomoyuki Sugano threw forty-three pitches in the bullpen on Monday in preparation for his next start on the 24th against Chunichi. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/22/2014
  • Probable starters for the Chunichi series that begins on the 23rd at Nagoya Dome: Toshiya Sugiuchi, Sugano, and Chris Seddon. Source: Sponichi 9/22/2014
  • Shinnosuke Abe became the fourth catcher in NPB history to record 300 or more doubles. The other three: Katsuya Nomura with 397, Motonobu Tanishige with 391, and Atsuya Furuta with 368. Source: Sponichi 9/22/2014
  • The Giants play Chunichi at Nagoya Dome between the 23rd and 25th and Yokohama at Yokohama between the 26th and 28th. They are not scheduled to play any games on the 29th and 30th. They are making preparations for possible celebrations in Nagoya, Yokohama, and Tokyo in case they clinch first before the end of the month. Source: Sanspo 9/22/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Seung-Hwan Oh recorded a hit in his first NPB plate appearance during Sunday's game against the Chunichi Dragons. It was the first time Oh recorded a hit in his professional career (KBO and NPB). It was also the first hit by a Hanshin closer since Kyuji Fujikawa on September 5, 2010. Oh borrowed Tsuyoshi Nishioka's bat. Source: Sponichi 9/22/2014, Sanspo 9/22/2014
  • Old timer Atsushi Fujimoto will try his hand at hosting a radio program on MBS Radio. The program will air on Sundays at 5:59pm, beginning on November 8. Source: Daily Sports 9/22/2014

Hiroshima Carp

Chunichi Dragons

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Forty-year-old Daisuke Miura is planning to continue playing in 2015. He may have his eyes set on winning at least 180 games before he decides to retire (he is currently sitting on 166). Source: Sports Hochi 9/23/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Tetsuto Yamada has recorded 177 hits so far this year. Of the nineteen players that have recorded 190 or more hits in NPB history, only four have been right-handed. Of those four, only one was Japanese -- Fumio Fujimura with 191 in 1950. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/22/2014 ... Yamada is the first Japanese hitter in franchise history to record twenty-five home runs since Akinori Iwamura hit thirty-two in 2006; and the first right-handed Japanese hitter in franchise history since Katsumi Hirosawa hit 26 in 1994. Source: Sanspo 9/22/2014
  • The Swallows announced on Monday that Chris Carpenter will return to the United States on the 23rd because there are no plans for him to pitch against this year. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/22/2014

[9/21/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yakult Swallows

by on Sep.22, 2014 @ 4:57 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • On Saturday, Shinnosuke Abe became the eighth player in NPB history (first in franchise history) to join the 200 pitcher home run club. Abe has hit a home run off 200 different pitchers over his career. Source: Sponichi 9/21/2014 ... On Sunday, he became the sixty-second player in NPB history to reach the 300-double milestone. He joined Sadaharu Oh (422), Shigeo Nagashim (418), Tetsuharu Kawakami (408), and Isao Shibata (305) as the only players in franchise history with 300 or more doubles. Source: Sponichi 9/21/2014
  • Leslie Anderson is still getting treatment for his left elbow. He still has a little difficulty throwing the ball, but has no problem swinging the bat. Source: Sponichi 9/21/2014
  • Seventy-three players attended the Giants' tryout showcase: thirty-three pitchers, two catchers, eighteen infielders, and twenty outfielders. Forty-seven passed the first round of tests (includes running the fifty meter in 6.3 seconds or less and throwing the ball ninety-five meters or more): twenty-five pitchers, nine infielders, thirteen outfielders. Six passed the second round: three pitchers, one infielder, and two outfielders. The six that passed could make the team if they are selected during the draft on October 23. Source: official announcement

Hanshin Tigers

  • Mauro Gomez is the 17th foreign player in NPB history to record 100 or more RBI in his first year in the NPB, first since Tony Blanco notched 110 in 2009. Source: Sponichi 9/21/2014 ... Gomez joined Randy Bass (134 in 1985, 109 in 1986), George Arias (107 in 2003), and Craig Brazell (117 in 2010) as the only foreign players in franchise history to notch 100 or more RBI in a season. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/21/2014
  • Randy Messenger picked up his thirteenth victory of the year on Saturday. He became the first Tiger pitcher to win thirteen or more games in a season since Yasutomo Kubo won fourteen in 2010. He joined Gene Bacque (twenty-nine in 1964, eighteen in 1965, fourteen in 1966, eighteen in 1967, and thirteen in 1968), Rich Gale (thirteen in 1985), and Matt Keough (fifteen in 1989) as the only foreign pitchers in franchise history to record thirteen or more victories in a single season. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/21/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Thirty-eight-year-old Ryuji Yokoyama announced on Sunday that he was going to retire at the end of the season. During a press conference at Mazda Stadium, he told the media that he decided to retire because his body was no longer able to keep up with the workload. He also said he had no regrets and was satisfied with his career. Source: official announcement

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien played in his last regular game of the season. He is scheduled to head back to the United States for additional tests on his left Achilles . If he needs surgery, he will most likely require about six months for a full recovery. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/21/2014, Sponichi 9/21/2014

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 7 – Yomiuri Giants 6 (September 21, 2014)

by on Sep.21, 2014 @ 6:04 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Yakult Swallows vs Yomiuri Giants @ Tokyo Dome - 14:00
Starters: Ogawa, Yasuhiro (YAK) 8-5, 3.92 - Sawamura, Hirokazu (YOM) 4-3, 3.97

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Yakult 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 7 15 1
Yomiuri 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 6 11 0

Attendance: 44919 | Time: 4h10m | Yomiuri leads series, 12-10-0

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[9/20/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Sep.21, 2014 @ 6:01 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants became the first team to clinch a play-off spot in the Central League on Saturday. Source: Daily Sports 9/20/2014
  • Shinnosuke Abe has hit ten or more home runs off three pitchers: eleven off Daisuke Miura, ten off Shohei Tateyama, and ten off Masanori Ishikawa. He has also hit at least ten home runs at Tokyo Dome in twelve seasons, eight consecutive since 2007. Abe was tied with Hideki Matsui (seven years between 1996-2002) for the franchise high for consecutive seasons with at least ten home runs at Tokyo Dome. Source: Sponichi 9/20/2014
  • Tetsuya Utsumi picked up his fifty-eighth Tokyo Dome victory and moved out a third place tie with Koji Uehara on the all-time list for wins at Tokyo Dome. Source: Sanspo 9/20/2014
  • The Giants have prepared the hats, t-shirts, and sweatbands players will wear during post-game celebrations if/when the team clinches first place. They were sent to Nagoya in case they clinched during their series against Chunichi (September 23-25). If they fail to clinch in Nagoya, the items will be forwarded to Yokohama (September 26-28) . Source: Sanspo 9/20/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Randy Messenger reached 1,000 career MLB (184.2) + NPB (815.1) innings pitched when he struck out Shuhei Takahashi with one out and runners on first and second in the 3rd inning of Saturday's game against the Chunichi Dragons. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/20/2014
  • Mauro Gomez became the first foreign player in franchise history to record over 100 RBI in their first year in the NPB during Saturday's game against Chunichi. Gomez started the day with ninety-nine RBI and picked up his 100th with a two-out RBI single to center in the 1st; his 101st with an RBI single to center in the 3rd; and his 102nd with a solo home run in the 5th. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/20/2014, Sponichi 9/20/2014 ... Gomez is the first foreign player in franchise history to record 100 or more RBI since Craig Brazell notched 117 in 2010. Source: Sanspo 9/20/2014
  • Yuta Iwasada started a Ni-gun intra-squad game on Friday and tossed two shutout innings. He gave up one hit and allowed a stolen base. He is scheduled to pitch in a two-game Ni-gun series against Chunichi that begins on the 22nd. Source: Sanspo 9/20/2014
  • Kosuke Fukudome recorded a modasho during Friday's game against the Chunichi Dragons. It was his first modasho in a Hanshin uniform; his first modasho in the NPB since June 10, 2007; and the ninety-seventh modasho of his NPB career. Source: Sanspo 9/20/2014 ... Fukudome recorded twenty-nine modashos in the MLB: twenty-four with the Chicago Cubs and five with the Cleveland Indians. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/20/2014
  • Shintaro Fujinami 10-2 at Koshien and 10-12 at other stadiums over his career. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/20/2014
  • If the Tigers finish in second and play two First Stage Climax Series games at Koshien Stadium, they could pull in about one billion yen in revenue (ticket sales, broadcast rights, sponsorship deals, merchandise sales). If they finish in third, they will be the visiting team and will not earn any revenue and will instead have to pay for travel and hotel expenses. Source: Sanspo 9/21/2014
  • The Tigers are planning to look into all aspects of their organization to see if anything can be improved for the 2015 season. That includes front office and coaching staff personnel. Source: Sanspo 9/21/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons can no longer finish the season with a .500 or better record. Source: Sports Hochi 9/20/2014 ... The Dragons finished with a losing record last season. The last time they went two consecutive seasons with records under .500 was in 1985-1986. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/20/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Guillermo Moscoso picked up his ninth victory of the season on Friday and set a new franchise record for wins by a foreign pitcher. Domingo Guzman set the previous record of eight in 2003. Source: Sports Hochi 9/20/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows can no longer do any better than fourth place in the Central League. Source: Daily Sports 9/20/2014

Yomiuri Giants 2014 at home Hero Award for August: Shinnosuke Abe

by on Sep.20, 2014 @ 5:44 pm, under NPB
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The Yomiuri Giants at home Hero Award for August went to Shinnosuke Abe (determined by fan balloting).

August 2, vs Hiroshima: with the score tied at one with a runner on second and one out in the 6th, Abe hit a liner to left-center that went over the fence and gave the Giants a 3-1 lead. It was Abe's first home run in fourteen games. It was also his first home run out of the clean-up spot this season. [official announcement - box score]

[9/18/2014] Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima, Chunichi, Yokohama, Yakult

by on Sep.19, 2014 @ 2:57 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hirokazu Sawamura was pulled after giving up four runs in an inning of work on Wednesday. Since he threw only thirty-two pitches, his next start is scheduled to come on three days of rest on the 21st against Yakult at Tokyo Dome. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/18/2014, Sponichi 9/18/2014
  • The Giants have recorded nine pinch-hit home runs this season: Federich Cepeda (three), Yoshinobu Takahashi (two), Jose Lopez (one), Fuminori Yokogawa (one), and Taishi Ota (one). They are two pinch-hit home runs from tying the franchise high of eleven, set in 1984 and 2003. Ota notched the first pinch-hit home run of his career on Wednesday. He was 1-for-15 with one RBI, six strikeouts, and two walks in prior pinch-hit opportunities. Source: Sponichi 9/18/2014
  • Tetsuya Matsumoto (right hand) is scheduled to suit up for Friday's Ni-gun game against Yokohama at Hiratsuka. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/18/2014
  • The Ni-gun Giants are in the middle of a thirteen-game losing streak (0-13-2). They are one loss away from tying the Eastern League record, set by Sankei in 1965. The players were supposed to get the day off on Thursday, but were instead required to run for about two hours (excluding foreign players and injured players). Source: Sanspo 9/18/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Team president Nobuo Minami, director Eiichi Takano, and general manager Katsuhiro Nakamura met on Wednesday to discuss plans for the 2015 season. The meeting lasted about two hours and likely covered things like draft prospects and free agents. A decision on Yutaka Wada will most likely come after the Climax Series. Source: Sponichi 9/18/2014 ... Senior manager director Keiichi Yotsufuji also attended the meeting on Wednesday. Their top priority during the off-season might be Chihiro Kaneko (if he decides to exercise his FA option). Source: Sanspo 9/18/2014
  • Ryota Arai (lower back) workouts at Naruohama on Wednesday included running and playing catch. The Tigers are hoping he will be ready for the Climax Series. Source: Sanspo 9/18/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda's next start will most likely come on five days of rest on the 21st against Yokohama at Mazda Stadium. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/18/2014

Chunichi Dragons

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars are interested in exploring the free agent market during the off-season. Source: Sponichi 9/18/2014 ... Chihiro Kaneko and Hiroyuki Nakajima are potential targets of interest. Source: Sanspo 9/18/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Toshihiro Sugiura could get another start during the Hiroshima series that begins on the 23rd at Jingu. Source: Sanspo 9/18/2014

[9/17/2014] Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima, Chunichi, Yokohama, Yakult

by on Sep.18, 2014 @ 5:08 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tomoyuki Sugano recorded thirteen victories last year in his first year and his eleventh victory of the season on Tuesday. He became the seventh pitcher in franchise history to record eleven or more victories in his first two years in the NPB, first since Tsuneo Horiuchi in 1966 (sixteen victories) and 1967 (twelve victories). Source: Sponichi 9/17/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Takashi Toritani recorded his sixteenth modasho of the year on Wednesday. He tied Yoshio Yoshida for fourth on the franchise's all-time list with 114 career modashos. Source: Sponichi 9/17/2014
  • Mauro Gomez tied Craig Brazell's 2010 franchise record for strikeouts in a season with 153 on Tuesday. The Central League record of 173 was set by Akinori Iwamura in 2004. The NPB record of 204 was set by Ralph Bryant in 1993. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/17/2014, Sponichi 9/17/2014 ... Gomez set a new franchise record with two more strikeouts on Wednesday.
  • If Yutaka Wada returns in 2015, he may have to agree to some changes in the coaching staff, like head coach and Ni-gun manager. Source: Sponichi 9/17/2014
  • Former athlete Nobuharu Asahara spent time giving some of the younger players at Naruohama tips on mental toughness, body usage, and running on Tuesday. Source: Daily Sports 9/17/2014
  • The Tigers are interested in adding Chihiro Kaneko to their rotation and could offer him a four-year deal in the two billion yen range if he exercises his FA option. Source: Daily Sports 9/17/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Brad Eldred set a new franchise record on Tuesday with his 151st strikeout of the season. The previous record of 150 was set by Shota Dobayashi in 2012. Source: Daily Sports 9/17/2014, Sponichi 9/17/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Hitoki Iwase's streak of consecutive seasons with at least thirty saves officially ended at nine years on Wednesday. Iwase has twenty saves this season and the Dragons now have nine games left to play. The veteran has been at Ni-gun since August 9 because of tightness in his left elbow. Source: Daily Sports 9/17/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Tomoko Namba, DeNA founder, former CEO, and current member of the board, is expected to become the Bay Stars' next owner. If she does, she will become the first female owner in NPB history. Current owner Makoto Haruta is planning to step down from his post at the end of the season.

Yakult Swallows

  • Tetsuto Yamada recorded his sixth lead-off home run of the year on Tuesday and tied Takao Sato's six in 1955 for second on the franchise's all-time list for lead-off home runs in one season. Dave Hilton set the franchise record of eight in 1978. Source: Sanspo 9/17/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/17/2014