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[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

[7/22/2014] Injury Report: Wladimir Balentien (Yakult), Yusei Kikuchi (Seibu)

by on Jul.23, 2014 @ 3:18 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Yoshiyuki Kamei returned to the starting line-up on Monday for the first time in six games.  Kamei was apparently having problems with tightness in his right calf. Source: Sponichi 7/22/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka was not available to play on Tuesday because of tightness in his back. Source: Sports Hochi 7/22/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Kazuhiro Wada took an HBP off the left side of his head during Monday's game against Yokohama.  Tests at a hospital did not reveal any abnormalities.  He did participate in pre-game warm-ups on Tuesday, but did not take part in other workouts like batting practice.  Yokohama's Shun Yamaguchi briefly met with Wada before the game to apologize for the pitch he threw.  He did not play on Tuesday and instead rested.  He is considered day-to-day. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/22/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien did not play on Tuesday because of pain in his left wrist.  He tweaked the wrist during his first at bat on Monday.  He was available off the bench as a pinch-hitter.  He will be examined at a hospital on Wednesday as a precaution. Source: Sports Hochi 7/22/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/22/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Yusei Kikuchi left Tuesday's game against Rakuten after two innings because he developed a blister on his left middle finger. Source: Sponichi 7/22/2014

[7/22/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jul.23, 2014 @ 3:09 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Hanshin Tigers

  • Yoshinori Tateyama is scheduled to pitch in a Ni-gun game intra-squad game on the 23rd. Source: Sanspo 7/22/2014
  • Through Monday, the Tigers are 19-11-1 in games when Rytaro Umeno gets the start at catcher. Source: Sponichi 7/22/2014
  • The baseball from Seung Hwan Oh's 300th save game will be placed on temporary display at the Museum of Hanshin Koshien Stadium, beginning on Wednesday, July 23.  The ball will be returned to Oh after the museum is finished with it. Source: Sanspo 7/22/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Motonobu Tanishige knocked out his first home run of the season in the 2nd inning of Tuesday's game against the Yokohama Bay Stars.  He set a new record with twenty-six consecutive seasons with at least one home run (1989-2014).  He entered the day tied with Katsuya Nomura (1956-1980). Source: Sponichi 7/22/2014
  • The Dragons are looking to establish a new oendan. Source: official announcement ... The Dragons announced that the four oendan groups placed on hold earlier this year were not cleared for permits (Dragons Aiko-kai, Nagoya Dragons-kai, Nagoya Tatsuru-kai, and the Hokuriku Dragons Oendan).  Additional information can be found at the announcement link. Source: official announcement

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Shun Yamaguchi joined Shota Oba (July 30, 2009 and September 19, 2011) and Masaru Nakamura (April 29, 2013) as the only pitchers in NPB history to start a game and get ejected for throwing a dangerous pitch before recording a single out.  Yamaguchi was tossed after throwing just five pitches and set a NPB record.  The previous record of six was set by Masaki Saito on July 1, 1994, Oba in 2011, and Nakamura in 2013. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/22/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows held a press conference for Nagisa Arakaki and Hirofumi Yamanaka on Tuesday.  Arakaki was assigned the number forty-five, Yamanaka the number sixty-eight. Source: official announcement

Yomiuri Giants 2 – Hanshin Tigers 3 (July 22, 2014)

by on Jul.22, 2014 @ 4:02 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Yomiuri Giants vs Hanshin Tigers @ Koshien Stadium - 18:00
Starters: Sugiuchi, Toshiya (YOM) 7-3, 2.77 - Messenger, Randy (HAN) 8-7, 2.73

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Yomiuri 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 11 0
Hanshin 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1X 3 7 0

Attendance: 44638 | Time: 3h44m | Hanshin leads series, 9-5-0

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[7/21/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp

by on Jul.22, 2014 @ 12:07 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tatsunori Hara used fifty-seven different line-ups during the first eighty games of the season. Source: Sanspo 7/21/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Takahiro Arai played in fifty-three games during the first-half.  In nineteen games in the starting line-up, he went 22-for-71 (.310) with no home runs and ten RBI.  In thirty-three games as a pinch-hitter, he went 7-for-27 (.259 with one home run and nine RBI. Source: Sanspo 7/21/2014 ... The Tigers could make Arai their everyday third baseman during the second-half.  Kentaro Sekimoto and Ryota Arai will most likely be used as right-handed pinch-hitters.  Tsuyoshi Nishioka could become a left-handed bat off the bench. Source: Sanspo 7/21/2014
  • Yuta Iwasada Pitched in a Ni-gun intra-squad game on the 22nd.  He threw about sixty pitches in the bullpen at Naruohama on Sunday in preparation for his next Ni-gun start on the 26th against Chunichi. Source: Sanspo 7/21/2014
  • Takumi Akiyama will pitch in a Ni-gun intra-squad game on the 23rd.  He is also currently slated to start an Ichi-gun game on the 31st against Yakult at Koshien. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/21/2014
  • The Tigers will most likely avoid using Seung Hwan Oh in more than one inning per outing until September.  They could make an exception to the rule, based on opponent (for example, the Yomiuri Giants and Hiroshima Carp). Source: Sports Hochi 7/21/2014, Sponichi 7/21/2014
  • Mauro Gomez has a shot at becoming the first foreign player in franchise history to record 100 or more RBIs in their first year in Japan.  He currently has seventy-one in eighty-five games. Source: Daily Sports 7/21/2014
  • Shintaro Fujinami could make the Samurai Japan roster. Source: Sponichi 7/21/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Brad Eldred launched his thirtieth home run of the season on Monday and became the fourth player in franchise history to reach thirty home runs before any one else in either league.  The other three Carp: Adrian Garrett in 1978, Koji Yamamoto in 1979 and 1981, and Akira Eto in 1995. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/21/2014 ... Eldred also became the first Carp to hit thirty or more home runs in a season since Takahiro Arai and Tomonori Maeda in 2005. Source: Sponichi 7/21/2014
  • Kenta Maeda might get Friday starts on six days of rest over the next five or so weeks.  That could means starts against Hanshin at Mazda on July 25, Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome on the August 1, Hanshin at Kyocera Dome on August 8, Yomiuri at Mazda on August 15, and Hanshin at Mazda on August 22. Source: Sports Hochi 7/21/2014, Daily Sports 7/21/2014
  • Takaya Toda will most likely start Wednesday's game against the Yakult Swallows. Source: Daily Sports 7/21/2014

[7/20/2014] Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima, Chunichi, Yokohama, Yakult

by on Jul.20, 2014 @ 11:35 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Toshiya Sugiuchi threw thirty-nine pitches in the bullpen at Giants Stadium on Sunday.  He is slated to start Tuesday's game against Hanshin at Koshien. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/20/2014
  • Tetsuya Utsumi threw 131 pitches in the bullpen on Saturday.  He will most likely get a start during the Chunichi series that begins on the 25th at Nagoya Dome. Source: Sanpso 7/20/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Ryoma Matsuda (right elbow) is scheduled to pitch an inning in a Ni-gun rehab intra-squad game on the 23rd.  He could begin pitching in Ni-gun rehab games in August. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/20/2014, Daily Sports 7/20/2014
  • Yuta Iwasada is slated to start a Ni-gun game against Chunichi on the 27th.  If he continues to make good progress at Ni-gun, he could make it to the active roster some time in mid-August. Source: Sanspo 7/20/2014
  • Mauro Gomez took thirty-one swings during batting practice on Saturday and hit seven over the fence. Source: Sanspo 7/20/2014
  • Yoshinori Tateyama threw forty-three pitches, including the forkball, in the bullpen on Saturday.  He will be with the Ni-gun team for a two-game series against Chunichi (July 26-27).  If he pitches well, he could be available for the active roster for the Yakult series that begins on the 29th at Koshien. Source: Sanspo 7/20/2014
  • Randy Messenger's next two starts could come on the 22nd (Yomiuri at Koshien) and 29th (Yakult at Koshien). Source: Sanspo 7/20/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenjiro Nomura is planning to added Ryuji Ichioka (right shoulder) to the active roster on Monday. Source: Daily Sports 7/20/2014
  • Yoshiyuki Ishihara (right shoulder) will replace Yoshikazu Kura on the active roster.  The Carp are planning to carry two catchers -- Ishihara and Tsubasa Aizawa -- at the start of the second-half. Source: Daily Sports 7/20/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Shuhei Takahashi took seventy-seven swings during batting practice at Nagoya Dome on Sunday and hit seven over the fence. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/20/2014
  • Possible starters for the Yokohama series that begins on the 21st at Yokohama: Shinji Iwata, Tatsuro Hamada, Kazuki Yoshimi. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/20/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Kiyoshi Nakahata does not want to lose Taketoshi Goto in the line-up when Tony Blanco returns and is thinking about giving the veteran a look out in left. Source: Daily Sports 7/20/2014 ... Nakahata believes the first six games of the second-half will be very important and could set the tone for the remainder of the season. Source: Sponichi 7/20/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yasuhiro Ogawa threw fifty-five pitches in the bullpen on Saturday.  He will start Monday's game against Hiroshima at Jingu.  His next start after that will most likely come on 27th against Yokohama at Jingu on five days of rest. Source: Sanspo 7/20/2014

[7/18/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jul.18, 2014 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Possible starters for the Hanshin series that begins on the 21st at Koshien Stadium: Hirokazu Sawamura, Toshiya Sugiuchi, Tomoyuki Sugano. Source: Sponichi 7/18/2014 ... Daily Sports' guess: Sawamura, Sugiuchi, and Yuki Koyama. Source: Daily Sports 7/18/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Yoshinori Tateyama joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts at Koshien on Friday. Source: Sports Hochi 7/18/2014
  • Matt Murton thought about shaving his beard because its getting hot, but decided not to after he took a Twitter poll: 200 fans wanted him to keep the beard, 10 fans wanted him to shave it. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/18/2014
  • Possible starters for the Yomiuri series that begins on the 21st at Koshien Stadium: Minoru Iwata, Randy Messenger, Atsushi Nomi. Possible starters for the Hiroshima series that begins on the 25th at Mazda Stadium: Shintaro Fujinami, [one of the following: 6th round draft pick Suguru Iwazaki, Kazuhito Futagami, Takumi Akiyama], Iwata. Source: Daily Sports 7/18/2014 ... Possible starters for the Yakult series that begins on the 29th at Koshien: Nomi, Messenger, [one of the following: Futagami or Akiyama]. Source: Sanspo 7/18/2014
  • Mauro Gomez has a shot at becoming just the fourth foreign player in franchise history to play in every game during his first season, first since Matt Murton in 2010.  He could also become the first foreign player in franchise history to bat fourth in every game during his first season. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/18/2014
  • The Tigers are planning to offer general manager Katsuhiro Nakamura an extension for the 2015 season (third year). Source: Sanspo 7/18/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Hector Luna (right elbow) began his rehab at Nagoya Stadium on Friday.  He told reporters it was not pain he felt, but discomfort. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/18/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars will give Tony Blanco a four-day trial before deciding what to do with him.  Although much will depend on the severity of Yulieski Gourriel's injury.  Aarom Baldiris has a clause in his contract that basically guarantees him a spot on the active roster.  Guillermo Moscoso and Enyelbert Soto will also be competing for a spot. Source: Daily Sports 7/18/2014