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[9/15/2014] Injury Report: Wladimir Balentien (Yakult), Kazuo Matsui (Rakuten)

by on Sep.16, 2014 @ 3:58 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Shinnosuke Abe fouled a pitch off his right ankle during an at bat in the 4th inning of Saturday's game against the Yokohama Bay Stars at Tokyo Dome. Abe was left out of the line-up on Sunday as a precaution. Source: Sanspo 9/15/2014, Daily Sports 9/15/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien will undergo tests on his left Achilles in the United States on the 30th. He will most likely leave the team for the US some time around the 25th. He should be okay for the start of next season, even if he requires surgery. Source: Sponichi 9/15/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • Kazuo Matsui was removed from Saturday's game against the Seibu Lions at Seibu Dome with pain in his lower back. He was feeling discomfort in his lower back during pre-game practices and was replaced after striking out in the top of the 1st as a precaution. Source: Sanspo 9/15/2014

[9/15/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Sep.16, 2014 @ 3:51 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants donated one million yen to Hiroshima landslide relief before Sunday's game against the Hiroshima Carp. They also included the 469,587 yen they collected from fans during a three-day period beginning on the 12th. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/15/2014official announcement
  • Hector Mendoza threw forty-seven pitches in the bullpen during Ichi-gun practice on Sunday. Source: Sanspo 9/15/2014, Sponichi 9/15/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Seung Hwan Oh picked up his thirty-fifth save of the season on Monday and tied the NPB record for saves by a foreign pitcher in his first year in the NPB. Eddie Gaillard (2000) and Dennis Sarfate (2011) each saved thirty-five games in a season. Source: Sponichi 9/15/2014
  • Matt Murton is currently 22-for-36 with five home runs in ten games at Jingu Stadium this year. Source: Daily Sports 9/15/2014
  • Randy Messenger should get at least two more starts before the end of the regular season. Source: Daily Sports 9/15/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kila Ka'aihue and Katsuhiro Nagakawa were sent down to Ni-gun to make room for Brad Eldred and Jumpei Shinoda. Hiroshima called up Shinoda because they wanted another left-handed arm in the bullpen. Source: Daily Sports 9/15/2014 ... Eldred struck out twice on Monday and tied Shota Dobayashi's 2012 franchise record for strikeouts in a season with 150. Source: Sponichi 9/15/2014
  • Probable starters for the Yomiuri series that begins on the 15th at Mazda Stadium: Kenta Maeda, Yusuke Nomura, and Deunte Heath. Source: Daily Sports 9/15/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Katsuki Matayoshi pitched in his sixtieth game of the season on Monday and became the first rookie pitcher in franchise history to appear in at least sixty games in one season in their first year in the NPB since Hitoki Iwase in 1999. Source: Sanspo 9/15/2014
  • With help from the offense on Sunday, Masahiro Yamamoto avoided becoming the older pitcher to record a loss. He left the game as the losing pitcher down 5-3 after four innings of work. The offense scored a run 7th and tied the game in the 8th. Shinji Hamazaki set the current record for oldest pitcher to lose a game at forty-eight years and ten months in 1950. Source: Sports Hochi 9/15/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars have three foreign players with at least ten home runs this season (through Sunday): Aarom Baldiris with sixteen, Tony Blanco with fifteen, and Yulieski Gourriel with ten. Yokohama has had three foreign players hit at least ten home runs in one season one other time in franchise history: in 2010, Terrmel Sledge recorded twenty-eight, Jose Castillo nineteen, and Brett Harper nineteen. Source: Sponichi 9/15/2014
  • Tomoya Mikami saved his nineteenth game of the season on Sunday and set a new franchise record for saves by a rookie in his first year in the NPB. The previous record of eighteen was set by Atsushi Kizuka in 2000. Source: Sanspo 9/15/2014
  • The Bay Stars picked up their ninth shutout of the year on Sunday. It was also their second shutout against the Giants (July 9 and September 14). The last time Yokohama recorded two shutouts against Yomiuri in one season was in 2002 (July 16 and August 8). Source: Sanspo 9/15/2014
  • Forty-one-year-old Norihiro Nakamura is not ready to retire and is planning to remain active in 2015, regardless of his contract status with the Bay Stars. Source: Sports Hochi 9/15/2014

[9/14/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Sep.15, 2014 @ 4:44 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hector Mendoza could make his Ichi-gun debut on the 21st against Yakult at Tokyo Dome. There could be other opportunities to pitch if/when the Giants clinch first place. Sponichi 9/14/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers gave up seventeen runs at Koshien to the Hiroshima Carp on Saturday. The last time they gave up seventeen runs at Koshien was when they lost a game to the Giants, 18-3 on April 16, 1950. The most runs they allowed in a game was twenty-two to Chunichi on October 6, 1950 (22-9). Source: Sanspo 9/14/2014, Sponichi 9/14/2014 ... The seventeen runs allowed to Hiroshima set a new record for the Tigers. Prior to Saturday, in 1,665 games against Hiroshima, the most Hanshin ever allowed in one game was sixteen (twice). Source: Nikkan Sports 9/14/2014
  • Yuta Iwasada was an alternate 1st round draft pick for the Tigers during the 2013 draft. Daichi Osera was their "true" 1st round draft pick, but was lost to Hiroshima in the lottery. The two faced each other on Saturday and became the second alternate and "true" 1st round draft picks in franchise history to pitch against each other in their first year in the NPB, first since Shinichi Kondo (in relief for Chunichi) and Takashi Inomata (as a starter for Hanshin) on August 29, 1987. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/14/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Katsuki Matayoshi has appeared in fifty-nine games this season. Daisuke Sobue has appeared in fifty-one games this season. The Dragons are the first team in the Central League to have to rookie pitchers on the roster with fifty or more appearances in their first year in the NPB since Kokutetsu in 1950 (Mototoshi Tahara with fifty-six and Akira Takahashi with fifty-two). Source: Sponichi 9/14/2014

Yakult Swallows

[9/13/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunich Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Sep.13, 2014 @ 11:53 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Yoshiyuki Kamei missed Saturday's game against the Yokohama Bay Stars because he was not feeling well. He was at the stadium but was sent home before the game. Source: Daily Sports 9/13/2014
  • Tetsuya Utsumi notched his 113th career victory on Friday and moved past Koji Uehara into sole possession of fourteenth on the franchise all-time wins list. Source: Sponichi 9/13/2014 ... Utsumi became the first Yomiuri pitcher to record two shutouts against Yokohama in the same season since Masaki Saito and Masumi Kuwata in 1989. He tied Utsumi for third on the all-time list for Tokyo Dome victories with fifty-seven. Saito is in first with seventy-eight and Kuwata in second with seventy. Source: Sanspo 9/13/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Shintaro Fujinami hit 157km/h on the radar gun during Friday's game against the Hiroshima Carp at Koshien and set a new personal high and tied the franchise high for velocity. Tomoyuki Kubota set the original record on June 21, 2005. Source: Sponichi 9/13/2014, Daily Sports 9/13/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Yuya Fukui's next start could come on the 19th against Yokohama at Mazda Stadium. Source: Daily Sports 9/13/2014
  • Brad Eldred played in a Ni-gun game against Chunichi on Friday. He got the start in left and went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two RBI. Kenjiro Nomura is still not sure when to call the slugger back up to Ichi-gun. Source: Daily Sports 9/13/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Chunichi Dragons Oendan is currently made up of thirty-six men and women between the ages of seventeen and forty-seven. Manabu Mizushima (水嶋学) from Nagoya was selected to lead the group. Source: official announcement, Sports Hochi 9/13/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars are moving towards offering Kiyoshi Nakahata a contract for 2015 (assuming the team does not suffer any major meltdowns). Team officials are expected to meet before the end of the season to finalize the decision. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/13/2014

[9/12/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Sep.13, 2014 @ 1:54 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants finished a three-game sweep of the Hanshin Tigers on Thursday. It was their first sweep of the Tigers since August 27-29, 2013 at Tokyo Dome and their first sweep of the Tigers at Koshien Stadium since July 16-18, 1999. They also won their third consecutive season series against the Tigers, 13-11-0. They are now lifetime 999-777-67 against Hanshin (beginning on September 25, 1936). Source: Nikkan Sports 9/12/2014, Sponichi 9/12/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Yutaka Wada may be losing his way out of a job for the 2015 season. If the Tigers decide to go with someone else, possible managerial candidates could include: Akinobu Okada, Tomoaki Kanemoto, Akihiro Yano. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/12/2014 ... According to Sanspo, the Tigers do not consider development coach Masayuki Kakefu a managerial candidate. Source: Sanspo 9/12/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Deunte Heath has not allowed a run over his last 22.1 innings of work. He next start will most likely come on five days of rest on the 17th against Yomiuri at Mazda Stadium. Source: Daily Sports 9/12/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Head coach Shigekazu Mori was issued a stern warning and a 50,000 yen fine by the commissioner's office for his ejection (delay of game) from Thursday's game against the Hiroshima carp. Source: Sponichi 9/12/2014
  • The Dragons held an inauguration ceremony at Nagoya Dome on Friday for their new Chunichi Dragons Oendan. Thirty-six people have so far made the group. They could hold their first cheer activities during a Yomiuri game on the 23rd. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/12/2014
  • The players group donated one million yen to Hiroshima landslide relief on Friday. They also donated the 501,184 yen they collected from fans on the 6th. Source: official announcement

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars would like Yulieski Gourriel to return next season, but are still not sure what will go into deciding where players go next season. The Yomiuri Giants may have the best chance at landing Gourriel or Alfredo Despaigne (Lotte) next year since they accepted Frederich Cepeda and agreed to a coach training program this year. Source: Daily Sports 9/12/2014