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[7/30/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jul.31, 2014 @ 12:19 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hirokazu Sawamura was taken off the active roster on Wednesday after giving up a career high seven runs (all earned) on twelve hits over 4.1 innings of work on Tuesday against the Yokohama Bay Stars. Source: Sponichi 7/30/2014
  • The Giants have dropped the first game of their last six series, beginning on July 9.  The last time they did that was in 2011 (July-August).  Prior to July 9, the team was 44-29-0.  Since then, they are 6-9-0. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/30/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Seung Hwan Oh recorded his tenth save of the month on Wednesday.  Oh joined Kyuji Fujikawa (July 2007 and August 2011) as the only two pitchers in franchise history to save ten or more games in one month. Source: Sponichi 7/30/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Deunte Heath tossed his first bullpen in Japan on Wednesday.  He threw about forty pitches. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/30/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Tatsuro Hamada will be sent down to Ni-gun after giving up a career high nine runs on twelve hits over four innings of work on Wednesday against Hiroshima. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/30/2014, Sports Hochi 7/31/2014
  • The Dragons held a press conference for Taiki Mitsumata on Wednesday.  He was assigned the number thirty-seven. Source: official announcement

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars finished the month of May 13-12-0 the month of June 9-9-0, and will finish July with a winning record.  The last time they finished at least three consecutive months with .500 or better records was in 1999 (June to August). Source: Sponichi 7/30/2014
  • The Bay Stars won their third straight game against the Yomiuri Giants on Tuesday night.  The last time they won three in a row against the Giants was in 2011 (September 29, October 4, 5).  Yasutomo Kubo became the first Yokohama pitcher to win three in a row against the Giants since Kimiyasu Kudo in 2007.  Every hitter in the starting line-up recorded at least one hit in two straight games (July 27, 29) for the first time since 1998 (September 13, 15). Source: Nikkan Sports 7/30/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars 2 – Yomiuri Giants 3 (July 30, 2014)

by on Jul.30, 2014 @ 4:00 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Yokohama Bay Stars vs Yomiuri Giants @ Kyocera Dome - 18:00
Starters: Yamaguchi, Shun (YOK) 3-3, 3.79 - Sugiuchi, Toshiya (YOM) 7-3, 2.76

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

Attendance: 29603 | Time: 3h6m | Yomiuri leads series, 6-4-0

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[7/28/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jul.29, 2014 @ 1:25 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Shuichi Murata's consecutive games streak ended at 676 games.  The streak started on September 21, 2009. Source: Sanspo 7/28/2014 ... Sunday marked the first time Murata and Shinnosuke Abe did not make the starting line-up in the same game.  It was just the sixth time two or more of  Hayato Sakamoto, Hisayoshi Chono, Abe, and Murata failed to make the starting line-up in the same game since 2012.  Sunday's game was the first time two or more of the four failed to make the starting line-up in a game before the team managed to clinch first place. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/28/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Yoshinori Tateyama joined Ichi-gun practices at Koshien on Monday.  He will most likely be added to the active roster on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/28/2014
  • Yuta Iwasada is scheduled to make his Ichi-gun debut against Yokohama at Koshien on August 3.  Iwasada tossed six shutout innings against Ni-gun Chunichi on Saturday (July 26).  He allowed one hit, walked two, and struck out seven. Source: Daily Sports 7/28/2014
  • Possible starters for the Yakult series at Koshien that begins on the 29th: Minoru Iwata, Kazuhito Futagami, Atsushi Nomi.  Possible starters for the Yokohama series at Koshien that begins on August 1: Shintaro Fujinami, Randy Messenger, and Iwasada. Source: Sponichi 7/28/2014
  • Hiroaki Saiuchi tossed three shutout innings in a Ni-gun intra-squad game on the 23rd.  He was added to the active roster on Sunday. Source: Sanspo 7/28/2014
  • Kazuyuki Kaneda suffered a cut on his right middle finger during a game against Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium on the 26th.  He was taken off the active roster on Sunday. Source: Sanspo 7/28/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Masahiro Yamamoto is scheduled to start a Ni-gun game against Softbank at Nagoya on the 31st. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/28/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Daisuke Miura threw 148 pitches during his start against the Yakult Swallows on Sunday.  It was the eighth time he threw 148 or more pitches in a game over his career.  His career high of 158 was set on April 25, 1996.  His thirty-one career victories against the Swallows is good for sole possession of  fourth on the franchise's all-time list, behind Noboru Akiyama's forty-five, Masaji Hiramatsu's thirty-eight, and Kazuhiko Endo's thirty-seven. Source: Sponichi 7/28/2014
  • The Bay Stars have won their last nine games against the Yakult Swallows.  The last time they carried a nine-game winning streak against one team during a season was in 1997 against Chunichi (eleven games between July 1 and August 28).  The last time they carried a nine-game winning streak against Yakult was in 1970 (ten games between May 9 and August 23). Source: Sanspo 7/28/2014

[7/26/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jul.27, 2014 @ 2:13 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Shinnosuke Abe became the sixth catcher in NPB history to reach the 3,000 total bases milestone on Friday. The other five: Katsuya Nomura (5,315), Motonobu Tanishige (3,188), Atsuya Furuta (3,154), Koichi Tabuchi (3,145), and Tatsuhiko Kimata (3,022). Source: Sponichi 7/26/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Kiyoshi Nakahata is planning to give Yuki Kuniyoshi a look as closer after Tomoya Mikami's recent struggles. Source: Sponichi 7/26/2014
  • Shoichi Ino joined Noboru Akiyama (1962, 1964), Masaji Hiramatsu (1970), Akio Saito (1978), Kazuhiko Endo (1985), and Hiroki Nomura (1993) as the only pitchers in franchise history to be the first (or one of the first) to reach ten victories in the Central League.  Ino became the Central League's first (and only) ten-game winner on Friday, making him the first Yokohama pitcher to accomplish the feat since Endo in 1985 (Nomura won ten games on the same day another pitcher reached the total). Source: Nikkan Sports 7/26/2014 ... Ino became the first pitcher in franchise history to be one of the first to reach ten victories in the league within his first two years after turning pro since Saito in 1978.  He also became the first pitcher in franchise history to win ten or more games before the end of July since Takashi Saito won eleven and Takeo Kawamura won ten in 1999. Source: Sanspo 7/26/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Nagisa Arakaki started a Ni-gun game against Yokohama on Saturday.  He gave up a run on four hits over three innings of work.  He also struck out two. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/26/2014

[7/25/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jul.26, 2014 @ 3:15 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Shinnosuke Abe became the fifty-second player in NPB history to reach the 3,000 total bases milestone when he collected an infield single during his first at bat on Friday against Chunichi's Yudai Ono.  He also joined Sadaharu Oh (5,862), Shigeo Nagashima (4,369), Tetsuharu Kawakami (3,500), Tatsunori Hara (3,144), and Isao Shibata (3,029) as the only players in franchise history to reach the milestone. Source: Sponichi 7/25/2014
  • Tomoyuki Sugano will most likely make the Samurai Japan roster. Source: Sponichi 7/25/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Randy Messenger's next few starts: July 27 against Hiroshima at Mazda; August 2 against Yokohama at Koshien; August 8 against Hiroshima at Kyocera Dome; August 14 against Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome; August 22 against Hiroshima at Mazda; August 28 against Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome.  He could also get starts on September 9 (vs Yomiuri at Koshien) and September 14 (vs Hiroshima at Koshien). Lifetime, Messenger is 4-4 with a 2.79 ERA in starts with four or fewer days of rest (eleven games with four days of rest and one game with two days of rest). Source: Nikkan Sports 7/25/2014
  • Minoru Iwata's next start is slated for the 29th against Yakult at Koshien. Source: Sanspo 7/25/2014
  • Kazuhito Futagami will most likely get the start on the 30th against Yakult. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/25/2014
  • Mauro Gomez is planning to shave his beard as soon as he hits home run number twenty.  A number of other players have also started growing facial hair. Source: Sanspo 7/25/2014
  • Fifteen Hanshin Electric Railway station attendants at Umeda Station and Koshien Station will be wearing Ultra Tora-no Natsu 2014 uniforms between July 29 and August 3. Source: official announcement (pdf)
  • Masayuki Kakefu appeared at a press conference for Mitsuwa Tiger's new Revol Tiger bat line. Source: Sanspo 7/25/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • With the addition of Deunte Heath, the Carp could fill their four foreign player slots with one position player and three pitchers. Source: Daily Sports 7/25/2014
  • Plane troubles pushed Heath's arrival in Japan back a day to the 26th.  The Carp are planning to hold a press conference for him on the 27th. Source: Sanspo 7/25/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Shoichi Ino won his tenth game of the season on Friday against the Yakult Swallows and became the first pitcher in franchise history to reach double-digits in wins in one season since Naoyuki Shimizu in 2010. ... Ino became the first pitcher in the Central League to win ten games this season and also became the first pitcher to win ten or more games since DeNA took over the Bay Stars. Source: Sponichi 7/25/2014
  • Kiyoshi Nakahata on Norihiro Nakamura: "I've been watching him to see if we can use him.  But he's only hitting breaking/offspeed pitches.  He's late on the fastballs." Source: Sponichi 7/25/2014

[7/23/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Jul.24, 2014 @ 12:00 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Yoshinobu Takahashi hit a game-tying pinch-hit solo home run in the bottom of the 9th with two out against Hanshin on Tuesday.  He became the first Giant to tie a game in the bottom of the 9th with a pinch-hit, two-out home run since Koji Goto hit a three-run blast against Hanshin on April 11, 2003. Source: Sponichi 7/23/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Yuta Iwasada started a Ni-gun intra-squad game on Tuesday.  He pitched three innings and gave up two runs on three hits.  He also walked three, allowed two stolen bases, and threw one wild pitch.  He is scheduled to start a Ni-gun game against Chunichi on the 26th. Source: Sanspo 7/23/2014
  • Kazuyuki Kaneda picked up his first career victory with just one pitch on Tuesday.  He became the thirty-sixth pitcher in the NPB, nineteenth in the Central League, to record a win with one pitch, first since Yomiuri's Mizuki Tsuchida on June 15, 2014.  He joined Tatsuhiro Yuminaga (October 21, 1993) and Minoru Kasai (August 3, 2000) as the only pitchers in franchise history to win a game with one pitch. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/23/2014, Sanspo 7/23/2014
  • Kosuke Fukudome recorded his third career walk-off home run during Tuesday's game against the Yomiuri Giants -- April 2, 2003 against Yakult; April 19, 2013 vs Yakult; July 22, 2014 vs Yomiuri.  He became the first player in franchise history to hit a walk-off home run against Yomiuri in the 12th inning or later. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/23/2014 ... The Tigers have hit thirteen walk-off home runs against the Giants.  Fukudome joined Fumio Fujimura (1951, 10th inning) and Yasushi Tao (1988, 10th inning) as the only players in franchise history to hit a walk-off home run against the Giants. Source: Sponichi 7/23/2014
  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka is slated to earn his FA option this year (needs one more day on the active roster).  A team official indicated that the organization wanted him back next year. Source: Sanspo 7/23/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • On Wednesday, the Carp set a new franchise record by extending their winning streak in extra innings to eight this season (8-0-1). Source: Sponichi 7/23/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Tatsuro Hamada will most likely make his next start during a series against Hiroshima that begins on the 29th. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/23/2014
  • On Tuesday, Motonobu Tanishige became the first player/manager to hit a home run since Katsuya Nomura in 1977; and the first player/manager in the Central League since Fumio Fujimura since 1956. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/23/2014, Sanspo 7/23/2014 ... At forty-three-years and seven months, Tanishige joined Tomoaki Kanemoto (forty-four years and five months) and Takeshi Yamasaki (forty-three years and eight months) as the only as the only players in Central League history to hit a home run at forty-three years and seven months or older. Source: Sponichi 7/23/2014
  • Former Dragon Takeshi Yamasaki will be participating in the GAZOO Racing 86/BRZ Race at Fuji Speedway on the 26th. Source: Sponichi 7/23/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Newcomers Nagisa Arakaki and Hirofumi Yamanaka joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts on Wednesday.  They tossed bullpen sessions under the watchful eyes of the coaches (Arakaki about sixty pitches and Yamanaka forty-eight pitches). Source: Sponichi 7/23/2014