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[7/28/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jul.29, 2015 @ 8:23 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hirokazu Ibata was not available to play on July 28 because he was not feeling well. Source: Sanspo 7/28/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Shintaro Fujinami could make his next start on six days of rest against Yakult at Koshien on July 31. Source: Sanspo 7/28/2015
  • Randy Messenger's next start will most likely come on five days of rest against Yakult at Koshien on August 1. Source: Sanspo 7/28/2015
  • Through July 27, Minoru Iwata was 3-2 with 2.13 ERA in ten games at Nagoya Dome over his career. Source: Sanspo 7/28/2015
  • General manager Katsuhiro Nakamura will be heading to the United States on July 28 to check on talent for the 2016 season. Nakamura told reporters he will most likely be checking on relievers and position players with pop that can play third or the outfield. Source: Sanspo 7/28/2015 ... Among names on their list of relievers: Marcos Mateo, Jairo Asencio, Jumbo Diaz, and Jon Velasquez. The Tigers could be looking for an arm in case Seung-Hwan Oh does not return next year. Source: Sponichi 7/28/2015, Sponichi 7/28/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Rafael Perez and Drew Naylor could make their debuts during the Yomiuri series that begins on July 31. Source: Sponichi 7/28/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars sent personnel to the United States to check on field conditions at MLB stadiums because they interested in replacing the turf at Yokohama Stadium with natural grass. Staff from the Bay Stars and Yokohma Stadium visited the United States between July 4 and 12 and studied stadiums belonging to the Diamondbacks, Astros, Marlins, and Mariners. Source: Sanspo 7/28/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows will most likely give starters at least seven days of rest over the next few weeks. The core starting rotation could include Yasuhiro Ogawa, Masanori Ishikawa, Nagisa Arakaki, Yoshihisa Naruse, and Hirofumi Yamanaka. Other pitchers that need extra rest or have yet to nail down a spot in the rotation, like Shohei Tateyama, Taichi Ishiyama, and Masato Furuno, would get spot starts to fill the gaps. They are also planning to go with eight relievers to offset the workload for each pitcher. The Swallows play thirty-three of their next thirty-six games at outdoor stadiums, including twenty-six straight between August 11 and September 10. Source: Sanspo 7/28/2015 ... The Swallows do not want to work their pitching staff too hard down the stretch during the hot summer. They would like to give starters seven days of rest and go with eight relievers. The base rotation could include Ogawa, Ishikawa, and Arakaki. Tateyama could pitch on ten days of rest because he is coming off an injury. Pitchers like Yamanaka, Naruse, Ishiyama, and Furuno could compete for starts to fill the gaps. Source: Sponichi 7/28/2015

[7/27/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jul.28, 2015 @ 7:24 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Hanshin Tigers

  • Takashi Toritani recorded the 122nd modasho of his career on July 26. Twenty-eight of the 122 came against Yokohama. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/27/2015
  • Taiga Egoshi notched a modasho on July 26 against Yokohama and became the first rookie to accomplish the feat since Shunsuke Fujikawa recorded three hits against Yakult on August 29, 2010. Source: Sponichi 7/27/2015
  • Randy Messenger struck out four against Yokohama on July 26 and moved into sole possession of fourth on the all-time list for strikeouts by a foreign pitcher with 862. Source: Sponichi 7/26/2015 ... Messenger is 6-8 with a 3.18 ERA in eighteen games on four days of rest over his NPB career. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/27/2015
  • Only four pitchers have recorded two or more wins as a starter this year: Shintaro Fujinami (eight), Atsushi Nomi (seven), Randy Messenger (seven), and Minoru Iwata (five). Seven other pitchers have made twenty-two starts and notched a combined four wins. The victories belong to Akira Iwamoto, Yuta Iwasada, Mario Santiago, and Shoya Yamamoto. Source: Sponichi 7/26/2015, Nikkan Sports 7/26/2015
  • Kazuya Takamiya missed general practices on July 17 because of gastroenteritis. His punishment for missing the practice was an extra day of workouts on July 24 and some side-to-side fielding practice on July 27. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/27/2015
  • The Tigers are not planning to make any more moves before the trade deadline on July 31. They will continue to keep an eye on Kyuji Fujikawa as a possible option for the 2016 season. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/27/2015, Daily Sports 7/27/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Through July 25, Motonobu Tanishige has played in 3,017 games, 2,960 as a catcher. Source: Sanspo 7/26/2015 ... At forty-four years and seven months, Tanishige became the youngest to play in 3,017 games. Katsuya Nomura was forty-five years and three months when he set the record in 1980. Source: Sponichi 7/26/2015 ... Tanshige has made the starting line-up 2,665 times. He has batted eighth as a starter in 1,847 games. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/26/2015
  • Drew Naylor and Rafael Perez joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts at Nagoya Dome on July 27. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/27/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows extended their winning streak to seven games on July 26. It is their first seven-game winning streak since September 13, 2011. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/27/2015 ... The 2011 winning streak went to nine games (September 6 - 15). Source: Sponichi 7/27/2015
  • Tony Barnette set a new franchise record for foreign pitchers by notching a save in each of his last ten appearances. The previous record of nine was set by Chang-Yong Lim in 2008 and 2009. Source: Sanspo 7/26/2015 ... The ten saves in ten consecutive appearances also ties the NPB record for foreign pitchers, set by Dong-Yeol Sun in 1999. Source: Sanspo 7/27/2015

[7/25/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons

by on Jul.26, 2015 @ 9:26 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Yasuyuki Kataoka recorded the 200th sac hit of his career during his at bat in the 1st inning of a game against the Hiroshima Carp on July 25 and became the thirty-seventh player in NPB history to reach the milestone. Source: Sponichi 7/25/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Shintaro Fujinami set a new career high by throwing 152 pitches for his shutout victory over the Yokohama Bay Stars on July 24. His previous high of 143 was set against Chunichi on July 15, 2014. Source: Sponichi 7/25/2015 ... Fujinami recorded his second shutout victory on July 24 and became the first Japanese Hanshin pitcher to accomplish the feat since Atsushi Nomi in 2013 and the first right-handed Japanese Hanshin pitcher since Shinobu Fukuhara in 2005. Source: Chunichi Sports 7/25/2015 ... Fujinami recorded the first 150-plus pitch shutout victory in the NPB since Tetsuya Utsumi on May 28, 2011 (against Lotte, 152 pitches) and the first 150-plus pitch shutout victory in franchise history since Kei Igawa on June 25, 2003 (against Hiroshima, 150 pitches). Source: Sanspo 7/25/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Brad Eldred's wife gave birth to the couple's third child, a girl weighing 3,119 grams, on July 25 (US time). Eldred is currently scheduled to return to Japan on the July 28. Source: Daily Sports 7/25/2015, Sports Hochi 7/25/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Motonobu Tanishige played in his 3,017th game on July 25 and tied Katsuya Nomura's all-time NPB record for most games played. Source: Sponichi 7/25/2015

[7/25/2015] Yomiuri Giants reach agreement with Alex Castellanos

by on Jul.26, 2015 @ 9:18 am, under NPB
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The Yomiuri Giants announced on July 25 that they reached an agreement twenty-eight-year-old outfielder Alex Castellanos. He was assigned the uniform number ninety-three. He is set to arrive on July 27. A press conference will be held on the same day. According to media reports, the two sides agreed on a deal through to the end of the season worth an estimated 300,000 US dollars.

Source: official announcementSponichi 7/25/2015, Daily Sports 7/25/2015, Daily Sports 7/26/2015Sports Hochi 7/26/2015

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[7/23/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jul.24, 2015 @ 9:42 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Toshiya Sugiuchi was sent down to Ni-gun on July 23 for adjustments (he gave up seven runs on fourteen hits and three walks over ten innings in his last two starts). Tetsuya Utsumi will most likely be called up to take his spot on the active roster. He tossed eight shutout innings against Ni-gun Yokohama on July 22 and could get a start on July 29 on six days of rest against Ichi-gun Yokohama at Kyocera Dome. Source: Daily Sports 7/23/2015, Nikkan Sports 7/23/2015
  • Tatsunori Hara is planning to keep Yoshiyuki Kamei in the four hole (for the time being) even though he is hitless in his last eighteen trips to the plate. Source: Daily Sports 7/23/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Through July 23, Atsushi Nomi is 20-16 against the Yomiuri Giants. He became the eighth pitcher in franchise history to win at least twenty games against the Giants (sixth in franchise history since the two league format began). Source: Nikkan Sports 7/23/2015 ... Only three other active pitchers in the NPB have at least twenty wins against the Giants: Hiroki Kuroda (20-18), Kenshin Kawakami (24-20), Masanori Ishikawa (22-24). Source: Sanspo 7/23/2015
  • The Uru-Tora and Retired Number Uniforms Charity Auction will take place between July 24 and August 9. Proceeds will go to the Japanese Red Cross Society in Hyogo. Source: official announcement

Hiroshima Carp

  • Hiroki Kuroda was originally penciled in for a start against Yomiuri on July 24. Kenta Maeda was pushed back to July 24 after his start on July 22 was rained out. Kuroda's next start will most likely come on July 28 against Yakult. Yuya Fukui and Kris Johnson will get the remaining two starts against the Giants on July 25 and 26, respectively. Source: Daily Sports 7/24/2015, Daily Sports 7/23/2015, Nikkan Sports 7/23/2015
  • Jesus Guzman joined Ichi-gun workouts at Mazda Stadium on July 23. He is expected to make the active roster in time for the Yomiuri series that begins on July 24. Source: Daily Sports 7/23/2015
  • The Carp will host an Akai Hane (Red Feather Community Chest) game on September 10. Fans attending the game will receive Akai Hane themed Carp stickers. The bases will be decorated with a red feather and the Carp logo. Players, coaches, and umpires will wear a red feather on their left sleeve. Source: official announcement

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Kenta Ishida may have won a spot in the starting rotation after a solid outing against Yakult on July 22 (two runs on seven hits over seven inning). Source: Daily Sports 7/23/2015
  • Owner Tomoko Namba spoke to reporters on July 22 and said she was not only satisfied with Nakahata's performance this year, but also over the last three years. She said the decision was made and that they wanted him to return next year. She is looking forward to a positive reply. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/23/2015