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CS: Hanshin Tigers 1 – Yomiuri Giants 3 (October 12, 2015)

by on Oct.12, 2015 @ 4:00 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Hanshin Tigers vs Yomiuri Giants @ Tokyo Dome - 14:00
Possible Starters: Nomi, Atsushi (HAN) 11-13, 3.72 - Poreda, Aaron (YOM) 8-8, 2.94

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Hanshin 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 5 0
Yomiuri 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 X 3 9 0

Attendance: 46067 | Time: 2h48m | Yomiuri leads series, 2-1-0

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CS: Hanshin Tigers 4 – Yomiuri Giants 2 (October 11, 2015)

by on Oct.11, 2015 @ 8:33 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Hanshin Tigers vs Yomiuri Giants @ Tokyo Dome - 14:00
Possible Starters: Messenger, Randy (HAN) 9-12, 2.97 - Sugano, Tomoyuki (YOM) 10-11, 1.91

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Hanshin 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 11 0
Yomiuri 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 11 1

Attendance: 46698 | Time: 3h48m | Series tied, 1-1-0

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CS: Hanshin Tigers 2 – Yomiuri Giants 3 (October 10, 2015)

by on Oct.10, 2015 @ 5:35 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Hanshin Tigers vs Yomiuri Giants @ Tokyo Dome - 14:00
Possible Starters: Fujinami, Shintaro (HAN) 14-7, 2.40 - Mikolas, Miles (YOM) 13-3, 1.92

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

Attendance: 45298 | Time: 3h40m | Yomiuri leads series, 1-0-0

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[10/7/2015] Hiroshima blanked by Chunichi, 3-0, Hanshin to advance to Climax Series

by on Oct.07, 2015 @ 9:25 pm, under NPB
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The Hiroshima Carp had to win their game against the Chunichi Dragons tonight to advance to the Climax Series. It was a close game that was scoreless through seven full innings. Chunichi bats came alive in the top of the 8th and scored three runs on four hits, including a double and triple.

The Carp could not get their offense going and was limited to just one hit in the top of the 1st. They did put runners on in the 2nd, 6th, and 9th on walks, but failed to get anyone past second base.

With the 3-0 loss to Chunichi, Hiroshima finishes the season in fourth place, a half-game behind Hanshin.

The Hanshin Tigers will advance to the First Stage of the Climax Series against the Yomiuri Giants.

Date Away Home Venue
10/10 Sat 14:00 Hanshin Tigers Yomiuri Giants Tokyo Dome
10/11 Sun 14:00 Hanshin Tigers Yomiuri Giants Tokyo Dome
10/12 Mon 14:00 Hanshin Tigers Yomiuri Giants Tokyo Dome

[10/7/2015] Yomiuri Giants: Satoshi Fukuda caught betting on baseball

by on Oct.07, 2015 @ 8:44 pm, under NPB
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Satoshi Fukuda was caught betting on baseball. The incident came to light on October 5.

The Incident

  • Shoki Kasahara introduced Fukuda to a third-party (a person working at a tax accountant corporation) last year.
  • The third-party invited Fukuda to place bets on the Spring Koshien this year, but he declined. He then accepted an invite to place bets on the Summer Koshien.
  • Bets were based on a win/loss point system. Each point was worth 10,000 yen. Fukuda started with bets on five to ten points. He started losing and tried to make up the difference, but failed.
  • The third-party then invited Fukuda to place bets on professional baseball as a way to make the money he lost. Beginning in early September, Fukuda placed bets on around ten NPB and ten MLB games. Three to four of the NPB games involved the Yomiuri Giants.
  • The third-party stressed it was all for fun and pushed Fukuda to place more bets. Money never changed hands because there was no real end.
  • In the end, Fukuda owed over one million yen.
  • Fukuda wanted to stop because he had a child coming. He stopped responding to the third-party. That is when the third-party started asking for the owed money.

The Yomiuri Giants

  • They held a press conference at Yomiuri headquarters in Otemachi, Tokyo on October 5 to inform the media that Satoshi Fukuda was caught betting on baseball.
  • They began conducting an internal investigation immediately after the facts came to light on September 30. They contacted the commissioner's office on October 1.
  • They are conducting an investigation on the third-party to see if he has ties to organized crime groups.
  • They are mainly focused on Fukuda and the third-party for the time being.
  • Both Fukuda and Kasahara have been suspended. They could be released, depending on what is uncovered during investigations.
  • According to a Tokyo Sports report posted on October 6, the organization received about fifty e-mails and roughtly eighty phone calls about the incident.
  • They are not planning to withdraw from the Climax Series at this point in time.
  • They held an emergency team meeting on October 6 at Tokyo Dome. Team owner Kojiro Shiraishi was also in attendance.
  • Shiraishi met chief adviser Tsuneo Watanabe in the morning and brought with him, to the emergency meeting, a message from Watanabe.
  • The message, paraphrased, was that the Yomiuri Giants were supposed to be gentlemen, both on and off the field.
  • Manager Tatsunori Hara held a second meeting on the field for coaches and players after the emergency meeting.
  • The organization is conducting an internal investigation that involves all coaches, staff, and players (over 100 people).
  • Team representative Atsushi Harasawa will begin meeting with Ni-gun players in Miyazaki on October 7.
  • They are looking for answers to three questions: have you ever been invited to place bets? have you ever placed a bet? do you have ties with someone that had an addiction to betting?
  • The organization has received many phone calls from upset fans. Some have suggested they should withdraw from the Climax Series.

Satoshi Fukuda

  • He was "outed" when the third party visited Giants Stadium on September 30 to collect owed money.
  • The organization immediately sat down with him to find out what happened. They checked his mobile phone and LINE messages to confirm facts and build a timeline.
  • He did not pitch in any Ichi-gun games this season, so he could not personally change outcomes of games. However, other players may have been involved.
  • The Giants are thinking about filing a report with the police, if they find anything in violation of the law.
  • There was information that he had a tendency to gamble (pachinko, mahjong, horse racing).
  • He has a wife, two daughters, and one son.
  • He may have been in debt for other reasons, up to several tens of millions of yen.

Shoki Kasahara

  • He briefly stopped by Giants Stadium on the morning of October 5.
  • He and the thirty-party reportedly knew each other because they played mahjong (with money involved).
  • He may have known about Fukuda placing bets on baseball.
  • He had been invited to place bets on baseball a number of times the past, but he declined.
  • It should be noted that his younger brother, Taiga Kasahara, is in the Softbank organization.

The Hanshin Tigers

  • The Hanshin Tigers are reviewing their policies.
  • They usually offer players and staff reminders about their privates lives twice a year.
  • Team official Eiichi Takano met players, coaches, and staff that were participating in working out at Koshien on October 6.
  • Team officials also met players working out in Miyazaki.
  • A full team meeting is scheduled to take place at Koshien on October 8.
  • His connections to the third-party could be seen in violation of the NPB charter, depending on the third-party's background.

Other NPB teams

  • The Swallows issued warnings to all their players on October 6.
  • The Bay Stars are requiring players, coaches, and staff (over 100 people in all) to answer questionnaires.
  • The Marines also issued warnings to players after they arrived at kobo Stadium on October 6.
  • The Hawks provided an explanation of the incident to Ni-gun and San-gun players and staff on October 6. They plan to talk to Ichi-gun players on October 8.
  • The Dragons passed out questionnaires and will talk to players individually.
  • The Fighters warned players during a meeting at Sapporo Dome. They are planning to pass out questionnaires and talk to players individually.


  • The NPB has received about forty phone calls regarding the incident. Many are asking the league to handle investigations seriously. Many are also calling for heavy punishments.
  • The NPB has an investigation panel that is looking into the incident. Members are Motonari Otsuru (lawyer), Yoshitaka Kato (Yusei Audit & Company, Supervising Representative), and Shinya Miyamoto (former player). The first meeting took place on October 5.
  • The NPB could either issue a lifelong ban (article 177, placing bets on games where games can be fixed) or a one-year or indefinite suspension (article 180, placing bets on games where games can not be fixed). The punishment will depend on how involved the bets were and whether games were fixed.
  • NPB commissioner Katsuhiko Kumazaki wants to make sure they conduct a strict and wide investigation that will satisfy everyone. He expects investigations to last a month to a month-and-a-half.

The Government, the Olympics, and others

  • Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology Hakubun Shimomura
    • "This is something that should not have happened and is extremely regrettable. It will be important for the NPB and the Yomiuri Giants to strictly deal with what has happened."
    • "When something like this happens, it's likely it won't be considered [for the Sports Lottery]."
    • "This is a big deal. It's something that can't be imagined. This isn't just a problem for the Giants. I want [the NPB] to make sure this doesn't happen again."
  • Olympics Minister Toshiaki Endo: "What happened was very regrettable and reprehensible."
  • Olympics Emblem Committee Sadaharu Oh: "What happened is very regrettable. We have to use this as a wake-up call to be more careful. ... [The players] aren't children. They are not only professional baseball players, but also members of society. Professional baseball's control doesn't reach that far."
  • There is concern this latest develop could set things back for baseball's return to the Olympics.

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[10/4/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.05, 2015 @ 8:47 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tetsuya Yamaguchi appeared in his sixtieth game of the year on October 4. He has pitched in at least sixty games in eight consecutive seasons, beginning in 2008. Source: Sanspo 10/4/2015, Nikkan Sports 10/4/2015
  • Infield/base coach Hironori Suguro returned to being a third base coach on October 3 after he was replaced by head coach Masahiro Kawai on August 25. Source: Sponichi 10/4/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons will Tatsuro Hamada to play winter ball in the Dominican Republic. He is set to leave within the next few days. There is no timetable on his return to Japan. He will be playing for the Tigres del Licey. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/3/2015, Sanspo 10/3/2015
  • The Dragons announced today that they hired Michihiro Ogasawara to be their Ni-gun manager. He will begin with the start of the Phoenix League on October 5 (although officially, he does not start until next season). Source: official announcement

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Jose Lopez, Aarom Baldiris, and Guillermo Moscoso departed Japan out of Narita Airport for their homes on October 3. Source: Sanspo 10/4/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Tony Barnette tied Marc Kroon's 2008 NPB record for most saves by a foreign pitcher with his forty-first of the season on October 3. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/3/2015
  • Ryo Akiyoshi set a new franchise record by pitching in his seventy-four game of the season on October 4. The previous record of seventy-three was set by Kenichi Matsuoka set in 2010. Source: Sanspo 10/4/2015
  • Kazuhiro Hatakeyama set a new franchise high for RBI's by a Japanese player with his 105th of the year on October 2. The previous record of 104 was set by Katsuo Osugi in 1977. Source: Daily Sports 10/3/2015
  • Tetsuto Yamada's weight dropped to around seventy kilograms during the summer. He also developed an irritated rash that ran from his neck down to his upper body. He apparently pushed his weight back up by eating and drinking. Source: Sponichi 10/3/2015
  • The Swallows will prepare for the Final Stage of the Climax Series by sending players to the Phoenix League. Players will head down to Miyazaki on October 8 and play in a few games beginning on October 9. The Final Stage of the Climax Series is set to begin on October 14. Source: Sponichi 10/3/2015

[10/4/2015] Yomiuri Giants hit three million in attendance for the third year in row

by on Oct.05, 2015 @ 12:29 am, under NPB
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The Yomiuri Giants topped the three million mark in attendance for the third year in a row. The milestone came in the team's seventy-first home game of the season on October 4.

Date Opponent Venue Attendance
03/27 Fri Yokohama Tokyo Dome 45,524
03/28 Sat Yokohama Tokyo Dome 42,369
03/29 Sun Yokohama Tokyo Dome 43,043
04/03 Fri Hanshin Tokyo Dome 44,235
04/04 Sat Hanshin Tokyo Dome 44,507
04/05 Sun Hanshin Tokyo Dome 44,590
04/10 Fri Yakult Tokyo Dome 46,135
04/11 Sat Yakult Tokyo Dome 42,870
04/12 Sun Yakult Tokyo Dome 44,485
04/21 Tue Hiroshima Maebashi 15,827
04/22 Wed Hiroshima Utsunomiya 18,126
04/28 Tue Chunichi Tokyo Dome 44,121
04/29 Wed Chunichi Tokyo Dome 44,271
04/30 Thu Chunichi Tokyo Dome 46,075
05/02 Sat Hanshin Tokyo Dome 45,166
05/03 Sun Hanshin Tokyo Dome 46,587
05/12 Tue Hiroshima Tokyo Dome 44,132
05/13 Wed Hiroshima Tokyo Dome 44,849
05/14 Thu Hiroshima Tokyo Dome 44,526
05/15 Fri Yakult Tokyo Dome 46,784
05/16 Sat Yakult Tokyo Dome 44,691
05/17 Sun Yakult Tokyo Dome 45,824
05/26 Tue Seibu Koriyama 13,186
05/27 Wed Seibu Tokyo Dome 44,301
05/28 Thu Seibu Tokyo Dome 44,348
06/02 Tue Orix Tokyo Dome 40,209
06/03 Wed Orix Tokyo Dome 41,220
06/04 Thu Orix Tokyo Dome 40,192
06/05 Fri Softbank Tokyo Dome 44,740
06/06 Sat Softbank Tokyo Dome 44,893
06/07 Sun Softbank Tokyo Dome 45,286
06/19 Fri Chunichi Tokyo Dome 42,566
06/20 Sat Chunichi Tokyo Dome 44,585
06/21 Sun Chunichi Tokyo Dome 45,809
06/23 Tue Yokohama Tokyo Dome 44,530
06/24 Wed Yokohama Tokyo Dome 46,773
06/30 Tue Hiroshima Tokyo Dome 42,858
07/01 Wed Hiroshima Tokyo Dome 41,543
07/02 Thu Hiroshima Tokyo Dome 42,391
07/07 Tue Yakult Tokyo Dome 42,521
07/08 Wed Yakult Tokyo Dome 41,484
07/10 Fri Hanshin Tokyo Dome 44,314
07/11 Sat Hanshin Tokyo Dome 45,418
07/12 Sun Hanshin Tokyo Dome 45,486
07/28 Tue Yokohama Matsuyama 22,516
07/29 Wed Yokohama Kyocera Dome 32,811
07/30 Thu Yokohama Kyocera Dome 31,604
07/31 Fri Chunichi Tokyo Dome 44,519
08/01 Sat Chunichi Tokyo Dome 43,887
08/02 Sun Chunichi Tokyo Dome 45,056
08/07 Fri Hiroshima Tokyo Dome 44,517
08/08 Sat Hiroshima Tokyo Dome 45,326
08/09 Sun Hiroshima Tokyo Dome 45,552
08/11 Tue Yokohama Tokyo Dome 45,222
08/12 Wed Yokohama Tokyo Dome 45,819
08/13 Thu Yokohama Tokyo Dome 46,277
08/18 Tue Hanshin Tokyo Dome 44,605
08/19 Wed Hanshin Tokyo Dome 44,837
08/20 Thu Hanshin Tokyo Dome 44,991
08/28 Fri Chunichi Tokyo Dome 45,739
08/29 Sat Chunichi Tokyo Dome 44,517
08/30 Sun Chunichi Tokyo Dome 45,700
09/02 Wed Yakult Kanazawa 10,401
09/12 Sat Yokohama Tokyo Dome 45,328
09/13 Sun Yokohama Tokyo Dome 46,169
09/22 Tue Hanshin Tokyo Dome 46,795
09/23 Wed Hanshin Tokyo Dome 46,553
09/24 Thu Hiroshima Tokyo Dome 45,140
09/26 Sat Yakult Tokyo Dome 46,787
09/27 Sun Yakult Tokyo Dome 46,797
10/04 Sun Yakult Tokyo Dome 46,332