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[10/16/2014] Climax Series: Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers

by on Oct.17, 2014 @ 2:55 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tetsuya Utsumi dropped his start on Wednesday and is now 1-4 lifetime in Climax Series games. Only Kazumi Saito and Toshiya Sugiuchi have more Playoff/Climax Series losses with five. The four losses put Utsumi in a tie with Wei-Ying Chen. Utsumi is 5-1 in Nippon Series games. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/16/2014 ... Utsumi became the third pitcher in franchise history to give up three or more runs in the 1st inning of a Climax Series game. The other two: Dicky Gonzalez, 2009, Second Stage, Game 1, five runs; and Shun Tono, 2010, Final Stage, Game 1, four runs. Source: Sponichi 10/16/2014
  • There is a chance Tomoyuki Sugano (right elbow) will be able to make it back to the active roster in time for the Nippon Series. He started playing catch with a baseball on Wednesday. He threw the last ten baseballs at a distance of roughly twenty meters. He told reporters he felt good, that he threw only fastballs, and at about fifty percent strength. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/16/2014 ... Sugano threw the ball fifty-eight times during his game of catch on Wednesday. Source: Daily Sports 10/16/2014 ... Sugano played catch again on Thursday. He expanded the distance to about fifty meters. Source: Sponichi 10/16/2014
  • Yoshinobu Takahashi started taking batting practice against batting practice pitchers throwing easy pitches. He swung at about forty pitches thrown on one hop to the plate, then about forty pitches thrown by a pitcher on one knee. His goal is to be ready for the Nippon Series. Source: Sponichi 10/16/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • At twenty years and six month, Shintaro Fujinami became the fifth youngest pitcher to record a Playoff/Climax Series win. Kimiyasu Kudo holds the record at nineteen years and five months, set in 1982. Fujinami set the new Central League record, breaking Katsuki Akagawa's mark of twenty-one years and three months, set in 2011. Fujinami is the youngest pitcher in franchise history to record a postseason victory. The previous franchise record of twenty-five years and ten months was set by Minoru Murayama (1962 Nippon Series, Game 1). Source: Nikkan Sports 10/16/2014, Sponichi 10/16/2014
  • Mauro Gomez became the first hitter in franchise history to hit a home run as a clean-up hitter during a Playoff/Climax Series game. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/16/2014

CS: Hanshin Tigers 5 – Yomiuri Giants 2 (October 16, 2014)

by on Oct.16, 2014 @ 4:00 am, under Game Summaries, NPB, Postseason
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Hanshin Tigers vs Yomiuri Giants @ Tokyo Dome - 18:00
Starters: Messenger, Randy (HAN) 13-10, 3.20 - Sawamura, Hirokazu (YOM) 5-3, 3.72

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

Attendance: 44728 | Time: 3h19m | Hanshin leads series, 2-0-0

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CS: Hanshin Tigers 4 – Yomiuri Giants 1 (October 15, 2014)

by on Oct.15, 2014 @ 4:00 am, under Game Summaries, NPB, Postseason
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Hanshin Tigers vs Yomiuri Giants @ Tokyo Dome - 18:00
Starters: Iwata, Minoru (HAN) 9-8, 2.54 - Utsumi, Tetsuya (YOM) 7-9, 3.17

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

Attendance: 44871 | Time: 2h59m | Hanshin leads series, 1-0-0

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[10/14/2014] Climax Series: Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Softbank Hawks

by on Oct.15, 2014 @ 2:58 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Players will be allowed to travel to Tokyo Dome from their homes during the Final Stage, should they so desire. Source: Sanspo 10/14/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Pitching coach Takashi Yamaguchi told reporters he was not going to rule out using Seung-Hwan Oh in all six games of the Final Stage. Source: Sanspo 10/14/2014
  • The first four starters for the Final Stage of the Climax Series will likely be Minoru Iwata, Randy Messenger, Shintaro Fujinami, and Atsushi Nomi. Source: Sports Hochi 10/14/2014
  • Suguru Iwazaki could get the Game 5 start. Source: Sanspo 10/14/2014
  • Hanshin pitchers have combined to toss twenty-one consecutive scoreless innings so far in two Climax Series games. The postseason record of twenty-four consecutive scoreless innings was set by Yomiuri against Nankai during the 1951 Nippon Series: Hideo Fujimoto (Game 1, nine inning complete game shutout), Takehiko Bessho (Game 2, nine inning complete game shutout), and Kiyoshi Matsuda (Game 3, six shutout innings). Source: Nikkan Sports 10/14/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Softbank was having a hard time selling visiting team section tickets to the Final Stage of the Climax Series after Monday's game was postponed due to Typhoon #19. As of Monday, they still had about 10,000 total tickets for the first two games of the series. Source: Sanspo 10/14/2014, Sponichi 10/14/2014

[10/14/2014] Yomiuri Giants: Yoshiyuki Kamei earns domestic FA option

by on Oct.14, 2014 @ 11:00 pm, under NPB
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Yoshiyuki Kamei (32) earned his domestic FA option with eight years of service time on the active roster.

"I did not know [I was going to get it today]. I did not think I would have such luck. I owe it to the managers and coaches that decided to play me. I am grateful," said Kamei. When asked what he was going to do with the option, he said, "This is kind of sudden, I haven't thought about it. I just want to focus on the Climax Series right now."

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/14/2014

[10/13/2014] CL Climax Series: Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers

by on Oct.14, 2014 @ 1:11 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tomoyuki Sugano (right elbow) moved from tennis balls to baseballs on Sunday. He threw the ball about fifty times into a net roughly twenty-five meters away from him. Source: Sponichi 10/13/2014 ... More specifically, he threw thirty-seven tennis balls into a net before he switched over to a baseball and threw seven into the net from about twenty meters away on one hop and then forty-three into the net without any hops. Source: Sanspo 10/13/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Suguru Iwazaki worked out at Koshien on Monday. He could get a start during the Final Stage of the Climax Series. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/13/2014
  • Yuta Iwasada could be used out of the bullpen during the Final Stage of the Climax Series. Source: Sanspo 10/13/2014
  • Ryota Imanari (right side) took eighty-four swings during live outdoor batting practice at Naruohama on Sunday. Source: Daily Sports 10/13/2014
  • Akira Iwamoto threw thirty-two pitches in the bullpen on Sunday. He could started a Phoenix League game against Rakuten on Tuesday. Source: Sanspo 10/13/2014

[10/12/2014] CL Climax Series: Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers

by on Oct.13, 2014 @ 5:57 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Practice game against BC League on Saturday [official announcement]: Shinnosuke Abe (three-run), Hayato Sakamoto (solo), and Leslie Anderson (solo) all hit home runs. Source: Sanspo 10/12/2014 ... Toshiya Sugiuchi started the game and tossed three shutout innings, allowed no hits, and struck out five. He did hit a batter. He could get the Final Stage Game 3 start. Source: Daily Sports 10/12/2014 ... Yuki Koyama relieved Sugiuchi and also did not allow a run over three innings. He struck out four and gave up two hits. Source: Sponichi 10/12/2014
  • Practice game against BC League on Sunday [official announcement]: Tetsuya Yamaguchi, Kentaro Nishimura, and Scott Mathieson each pitched a shutout inning in relief. Yamaguchi and Nishimura struck out two; Mathieson struck out one.
  • Yoshinobu Takahashi (right middle finger) started hitting off a tee on Saturday. He hit about fifty baseballs. Source: Sanspo 10/12/2014, Sponichi 10/12/2014
  • Tomoyuki Sugano (right elbow) began throwing tennis balls on Saturday -- about forty throws into a net roughly ten meters away. It was the first time he threw a ball in nine days. He also tossed a baseball toward the ceiling while lying on his back for about ten minutes. He is hoping to resume playing catch this week. Sugano celebrated his twenty-fifth birthday on Saturday. Source: Sanspo 10/12/2014, Sponichi 10/12/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Kosuke Fukudome has hit a home run in all three games Randy Messenger has started against Hiroshima at Koshien this year. Additionally, in all three games the home run came with the score 0-0. Source: Sanspo 10/12/2014 ... Messenger has not allowed a run in the three games (twenty-four innings) he started against Hiroshima at Koshien this year. He held them to a .118 batting average (9-for-76) without allowing an extra-base hit. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/12/2014
  • Phoenix League game against Yakult on Saturday: Shoya Yamamoto started the game and gave up six runs over four innings of work. Source: Sanspo 10/12/2014 ... Fumihito Haraguchi got the start at first and batted sixth. He collected two hits, including a solo home run in the 2nd inning, and two RBI. Source: Sanspo 10/12/2014
  • The 1-0 win on Saturday was the sixth 1-0 victory in play-off/Climax Series history; third where the one run came on a home run; and first in franchise postseason history. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/12/2014

[10/11/2014] CL Climax Series: Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp

by on Oct.12, 2014 @ 5:39 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tetsuya Utsumi and Hirokazu Sawamura pitched in a batting practice scrimmage at Tokyo Dome on Thursday. They each faced eight hitters and gave up one hit. Source: Sponichi 10/10/2014
  • About 1,500 people attended a Pennant Victory and Climax Series Rally Party on Thursday. Source: Daily Sports 10/10/2014

Hanshin Tigers

Hiroshima Carp

  • Shota Nakazaki will likely step in as closer Kam Mickolio recovers from a leg injury. Source: Daily Sports 10/10/2014

[10/9/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.10, 2014 @ 5:50 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hisayoshi Chono does not have any interest in coaching because he feels he is not a good teacher. Source: ZakZak 10/9/2014
  • Tomoyuki Sugano got additional tests on his right elbow. There was no change in diagnosis. Source: Sanspo 10/9/2014, Sponichi 10/9/2014
  • Yoshinobu Takahashi (right middle finger) will not be ready for the Climax Series. Source: Sanspo 10/9/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Wednesday's Phoenix League game against Seibu: Ryoma Matsuda tossed a shutout inning in relief and struck out two. Of the fourteen pitches he threw, twelve were fastballs. He topped out at 149km/h. Source: Sanspo 10/9/2014, Daily Sports 10/9/2014 ... Yuta Iwasada tossed a perfect inning in relief. Source: Sanspo 10/9/2014 ... Ryota Arai got the start in right and batted clean-up. He recorded a double in the 5th inning. Source: Sanspo 10/9/2014 ... Tsuyoshi Nishioka got the start at third and went 0-for-1 with a walk and a sac fly. Source: Sanspo 10/9/2014
  • Atsushi Nomi suffered a cut on his left ring finger while pitching in a Phoenix League game against Yokohama on Tuesday. He did not appear to have any trouble throwing the ball during a game of catch on Wednesday. Source: Sanspo 10/9/2014
  • Seung-Hwan Oh could be stretched to pitch up to two innings in all three First Stage games. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/9/2014
  • Team owner Shinya Sakai is scheduled to visit Koshien on Friday. He could offer Yutaka Wada an extension for the 2015 season on the same day. Source: Sanspo 10/9/2014, Daily Sports 10/9/2014, Sponichi 10/9/2014, Sponichi 10/9/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/9/2014
  • Tickets to Game 1 and 2 of the First Stage of the Climax Series sold out at a little before 1:00pm on the day they became available on Wednesday (October 8). Tickets for Game 3 were sold out later in the day, some time after 6:00pm. Matt Murton is hoping to see a lot more yellow in the stands than red (there were a large number of Hiroshima fans last year). Source: Sponichi 10/9/2014
  • Tomoaki Kanemoto could join the staff as a hitting coach next year. Source: Sports Hochi 10/9/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Out of respect for Kenjiro Nomura, the front office does not plan on making any moves to find a new manager until the team's fate has been decided. They are fully prepared to attend the draft without a manager. Source: Sponichi 10/9/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • In addition to Ginjiro Sumitani, the Dragons could also be interested in Chihiro Kaneko. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/9/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/9/2014
  • Daisuke Yamai is still waiting to hear from Chunichi. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/9/2014
  • The Dragons held a press conference to introduce Masahiro Doi as a special coach that will be working with the team from fall practices to spring camp next year. They also introduced Akinori Otsuka as their new pitching coach. He was assigned the number seventy-four. Source: official announcement, Sanspo 10/9/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Fall practices will begin on the 18th at Jingu Gaien. Fall camp will begin in early-November in Matsuyama, Ehime. Source: Sanspo 10/9/2014
  • When new manager Mitsuru Manaka was asked what he wanted to improve the team, he said pitchers. The Swallows will most likely go after pitchers during the draft and could also go after pitchers on the free agent market. There may be interest in Daisuke Yamai and Yoshihisa Naruse. Source: Sponichi 10/9/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/9/2014