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

by on Jul.08, 2015 @ 8:36 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Yoshiyuki Kamei batted fourth against Yakult on July 7 and became the eighty-fourth clean-up hitter in franchise history. Source: Sponichi 7/7/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Possible starters for the Yomiuri series that begins on July 10: Randy Messenger, Shintaro Fujinami, and Minoru Iwata. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/7/2015
  • Possible starters for the Hiroshima series that begins on July 14: Atsushi Nomi and Randy Messenger. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/7/2015
  • Atsushi Nomi spent about thirty minutes throwing off the main mound at Koshien Stadium during practices on July 6. He had a staff member stand in as a hitter. There are some concerns that Nomi might be pressing because he normally tosses his sessions indoors, behind closed doors. Source: ZakZak 7/7/2015 ... According to Sanspo, Nomi threw sixty-three pitches off the mound. Source: Sanspo 7/7/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Possible starters for the Hiroshima series that begins on July 10: Shota Suzuki, Daisuke Yamai, and Kentaro Nishikawa. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/7/2015
  • Michihiro Ogasawara was taken off the active roster on July 6 to make room for younger players. Source: Sports Hochi 7/6/2015
  • Drew Naylor is currently playing for the Kagawa Olive Guyners (Shikoku Island League). The Dragons gave him at tryout at Nagoya Dome on July 6. He is slated to pitch for Kagawa in a practice game against Ni-gun Chunichi at Nagoya Stadium on July 8. Source: Daily Sports 7/7/2015, Sponichi 7/7/2015, Nikkan Sports 7/7/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

[7/6/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons

by on Jul.07, 2015 @ 8:16 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Kazuma Okamoto and Ren Wada participated in Ichi-gun practices at Giants Stadium on July 6. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/6/2015
  • Tomoyuki Sugano is 4-0 in four starts following personal two-game losing streaks: win against Yakult on July 16, 2014; win against Yokohama on April 16, 2015; win against Hiroshima on May 12, 2015; and a win against Chunichi on July 5, 2015. He has yet to go on a three-game losing streak. Through July 5, hitters were 0-for-10 in bases loaded situations against Sugano and 16-for-48 against all other pitchers on the staff. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/6/2015
  • Yoshiyuki Kamei hit home runs in consecutive at bats during a game against Chunichi on July 5. It was the seventh two-homer game of his career. It was also the third time he hit home runs in consecutive at bats, first since August 4, 2009. He became the first Giant to give the team a win by driving in all two runs on solo homers since Jesse Barfield gave the team a 2-0 win over Hanshin on August 24, 1993, and the first Japanese Giant to do the same since Norihiro Komada gave the team a 2-1 win over Hanshin on June 25, 1987. Source: Sponichi 7/6/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Takumi Akiyama joined Ichi-gun practices at Koshien Stadium on July 6. He is slated to make his first Ichi-gun start this year on July 9 against Chunichi. Source: Sports Hochi 7/6/2015
  • Randy Messenger's next start will most likely come on July 10 against Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome. Source: Sports Hochi 7/6/2015
  • On July 5, Shintaro Fujinami became the third pitcher in franchise history to record at least five double-digit strikeouts games in one season over two or more years. The other two: Yutaka Enatsu (six times, 1967-1972) and Kei Igawa (two times, 2004 and 2006). Fujinami and Enatsu are the only two pitchers in franchise history that have recorded at least five double-digit strikeouts games in one year in at least two consecutive seasons. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/6/2015 ... Fujinami became the fourth pitcher out of high school in Central League history to record at least ten double-digit strikeouts games within their first three seasons. The other three pitchers: Masaichi Kaneda (fifteen times, 1950-1952), Toshitake Nakayama (thirteen times, 1955-1957), and Enatsu (thirty-five times, 1967-1969). Source: Sanspo 7/6/2015
  • Mauro Gomez's wife gave birth to the couple's second child, a girl weighing 3,662 grams, at a hospital in Amagasaki, Hyogo at 9:48am on July 6. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/6/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Second round draft pick Kazuki Yabuta's next start will most likely come on July 8 against Yokohama at Miyoshi. Source: Daily Sports 7/6/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Potential starting rotation for Hanshin series that begins on July 7: Shunta Wakamatsu, Yudai Ono, and Ryosuke Oguma. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/6/2015

[7/3/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jul.04, 2015 @ 5:27 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants had a scheduled day off (and travel day) for position players on July 3, but instead held batting practice sessions at Giants Stadium. Source: Daily Sports 7/3/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Ni-gun game against Chunichi on July 3: Nelson Perez got the start in left and batted fourth. He went 4-for-4: single to center in the 2nd, RBI single to right in the 4th, single to right in the 5th, single to right in the 7th. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/3/2015
  • Through July 2, the Tigers were 12-24-1 with a 4.97 ERA and .232 batting average on the road. At home, they were 24-12-0 with a 2.81 ERA and .240 batting average. The pitching staff has given up ten or more runs in a game six times this year, once at home and five on the road. Source: Sanspo 7/3/2015
  • The Tigers have been swept four times this year: Yokohama at Koshien (April 7-9), Hiroshima at Koshien (May 8-10), Orix at Kyocera Dome (June 12-14), and Yakult at Jingu (June 30-July 2). Source: Sanspo 7/3/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • The Carp installed a plaque commemorating Takahiro Arai's 2,000th career game at Mazda Stadium on July 3. Source: official announcement

Chunichi Dragons

  • Shuhei Takahashi joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts on July 3. The Dragons are expected to add Takahashi to the active roster on July 4. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/4/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars held a press conference for Duane Below on July 3. He was assigned the number forty-two. Source: official announcement

[7/2/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jul.03, 2015 @ 7:19 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Hiroshima Carp

  • Second round draft pick Kazuki Yabuta became the first pitcher in Central League history to give up a home run to the first batter he faced in his first career start and game and record a win. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/2/2015 ... Only three other pitchers in NPB hsitory have given up a home run to the first batter they faced in their first appearance and still managed to pick up the win: Shinji Hamazaki in 1947, Minoru Hayakawa in 1976, and Kenji Otonari in 2007. Of the three, Hamazaki and Otonari accomplished the feat as starters. Source: Sanspo 7/2/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars are planning to hold a press conference for Duane Below on July 3. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/2/2015

[7/1/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jul.02, 2015 @ 8:23 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • On July 1, Shinnosuke Abe became the twenty-eighth player in NPB history to reach the 350 home run milestone. The blast came in the 8th inning off Takaya Toda. Source: Sponichi 7/1/2015
  • Yoshiyuki Kamei hit a walk-off sac fly during a Hiroshima game on June 30. It was the sixth walk-off of his career, first since he recorded a walk-off home run against Yokohama on July 30, 2014. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/1/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Kosuke Fukudome was left out of the starting line-up against Yakult on July 1 for some rest. He did make it into the game as a pinch-hitter in the 9th and recorded a double. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/1/2015
  • Kojiro Tanabo was loaned out to the BC League's Fukui Miracle Elephants. He returned to Hanshin on June 30. Line: 19 G, 0-0, 1 Sv, 20.0 IP, 91 BF, 383 NP, 15 H, 0 HR, 15 SO, 15 BB, 2 HBP, 11 R, 10 ER, 4.50 ERA. Source: Sanspo 7/1/2015
  • Takashi Toritani went 4-for-4 against Yakult on June 30. It was the seventeenth four-hit game of his career (117th modasho), first since August 27, 2014 against Yomiuri. It was also the first time he recorded four hits in four at bats and four hits in four plate appearances. In the past, he needed five or more at bats/plate appearances. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/1/2015, Sanspo 7/1/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Second round draft pick Kazuki Yabuta picked up a win in his first career start on June 30. The victory came against the Yomiuri Giants. Yabuta joined Hiroki Kuroda (1997), Yuki Saito (2006), and Yuya Fukui (2011) as the only pitchers in franchise history to record their first career victories in their first career starts in games against the Yomiuri Giants. Source: Daily Sports 7/1/2015
  • Hiroki Kuroda recorded a 2-1 complete game walk-off loss against the Yomiuri Giants on June 30. It was his first complete game in Japan since 2007. It was also the fourth time he lost a game on a walk-off. The other three times: September 6, 2000 against Yomiuri (Hideki Matsui, two-run home run); March 31, 2001 against Chunichi (Hitoshi Taneda, infield hit); and May 31, 2002 against Yomiuri (Kazuhiro Kiyohara, single to center). Source: Nikkan Sports 7/1/2015 ... Kuroda was 13-3 in nineteen games against Yomiuri between 2004 and 2007. Source: Sponichi 7/1/2015 ... Kuroda recorded his first (April 25, 1997) and 100th (July 14, 2007) victories against the Yomiuri Giants. He became the first Hiroshima pitcher over forty to toss a complete game since Yutaka Ono in 1997. Source: Daily Sports 7/1/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Duane Below arrived at Narita Airport on July 1. Source: Sponichi 7/1/2015
  • Yasutomo Kubo tossed a 1-0 shutout against Chunichi on June 30. It was the seventh shutout victory of his career, first since September 9, 2014 against Yakult. It was the first 1-0 shutout of his career. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/1/2015 ... The last Yokohama pitcher to toss a 1-0 shutout victory was Shun Yamaguchi on September 30, 2014; the last Yokohama pitcher over thirty-four years and ten months was Stephen Randolph on October 2, 2009 at thirty-five years and five months; and the last Japanese Yokohama pitcher was Satoru Komiyama on September 28, 2001 at thirty-six years and zero months. Source: Sanspo 7/1/2015