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[6/22/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jun.23, 2015 @ 4:31 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants have lost their last four series: Softbank (L-L-L), Nippon Ham (L-L-W), Lotte (L-L-L), and Chunichi (L-W-L). The last time they lost four series in a row was between June and July 2011. Source: Sanspo 6/22/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Potential starters for the Hiroshima two-game series that begins on June 23: Minoru Iwata and Atsushi Nomi. Source: Daily Sports 6/22/2015
  • Yuta Iwasada could get an Ichi-gun start on June 27 against Yokohama. Suguru Iwazaki and Yuya Yokoyama were also options, but they both gave up runs during their last Ni-gun appearances on June 20. Source: Sanspo 6/22/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Daichi Osera's switch to the bullpen is temporary. "He will be our ace in the future. This is just something for him to experience. He is a future ace," said Koichi Ogata. Source: Sponichi 6/22/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Potential starters for the Yomiuri two-games series that begins on June 23: Yasutomo Kubo and Yoshiki Sunada. Source: ZakZak 6/22/2015
  • Daisuke Miura's start on June 21 was rained out. He will be making a start during the Hanshin three-game series that begins on June 26. Source: ZakZak 6/22/2015

[6/21/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jun.22, 2015 @ 1:38 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants announced that Frederich Cepeda and Hector Mendoza will be returning to Cuba on June 23 to play for the national team. They will return to Japan on July 25. Source: Daily Sports 6/21/2015, Nikkan Sports 6/21/2015
  • On June 20, at forty years and two months, Yoshinobu Takahashi became the second player in franchise history over forty to record a pinch-hit home run. The other player was Yuko Minamimura at forty-years and three months on July 25, 1957 against Kokutetsu. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/21/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Ni-gun game against Hiroshima on June 21: Nelson Perez got the start in left and batted fourth. He went 1-for-3 with a walk. The hit was his first since signing with the Tigers. Source: Sports Hochi 6/21/2015
  • The Tigers have reportedly told Yutaka Wada he has free reign to decide how to handle Matt Murton if he continues his offensive slide. Murton could have until June 28 to prove that he does not deserve to be taken off the active roster. Depending on how things work out, the Tigers could also ramp up efforts to find another outfield bat on the overseas market. Source: Sanspo 6/21/2015
  • On June 20, Randy Messenger tied Gene Bacque for fifth on the all-time foreign players list with 825 strikeouts and second on the Central League's all-time foreign players list. Source: Sponichi 6/21/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Yuya Fukui's start on June 21 against Yokohama was rained out. He could be sent down to Ni-gun for one game and then return to the active roster in time for a start against Chunichi at Mazda Stadium on June 28. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/21/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars lost on June 20 to push their losing streak to twelve games (including one tie). It was the seventh losing streak of twelve or more games in franchise history, first since a fourteen-game losing streak between September and October 2008. The seven losing streaks of twelve or more games set a new league record. Yokohama has recorded three losing streaks of twelve or more games since 2000: thirteen-game losing streak in May 2002, fourteen-game losing streak between September and October 2008, and their current losing streak of twelve games. Only one other teams has recorded a losing streak of twelve or more games since 2000: Orix with a twelve-game losing streak in September 2012. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/21/2015

[6/18/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jun.19, 2015 @ 8:59 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tatsunori Hara is planning to go with Ryoji Aikawa and Ken Kato as his two main catchers. Kazunari Sanematsu will be used as a replacement mid-game game. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/18/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Ni-gun game against Chunichi on June 18: third round draft pick Taiga Egoshi got the start in center and batted fifth. He went 2-for-4 with two solo home runs and two RBI. Source: Sports Hochi 6/18/2015
  • Matt Murton spent time talking to coaches about hitting during workouts on June 18. Yutaka Wada, Hitting Coach Koichi Sekikawa, and Assistant Hitting Coach Thomas O'Malley were among those involved in the discussions. Source: Sports Hochi 6/18/2015, Daily Sports 6/18/2015, Nikkan Sports 6/18/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Former Bay Star Alex Ramirez will sign a one-day contract with the Gunma Diamond Pegasus. Gunma is planning a retirement ceremony for Ramirez on August 2. There is a chance he might play a full game at designated hitter. Source: Sponichi 6/17/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows had players take an endurance test during general practices on June 18. Players ran twenty-meter dashes, did five-step long jumps, and T drill tests. Times taken during spring camp will be used as a baseline to gauge player fatigue. Source: Sanspo 6/18/2015
  • Tsubakuro is one away from appearing in his 1,500th career home game. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/18/2015, Nikkan Sports 6/18/2015

[6/16/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jun.17, 2015 @ 4:49 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants could go with the following five pitchers as their main starters: Tomoyuki Sugano, Toshiya Sugiuchi, Hayato Takagi, Miles Mikolas, and Aaron Poreda. Source: Daily Sports 6/16/2015 ... Sugano's next start will likely come on June 19 against Chunichi. H. Takagi's next start will likely come on June 23 against Yokohama. Source: Sponichi 6/16/2015 ... The Giants are slated to play five games a week over the next few weeks and could go with a five-man rotation. Source: Chunichi Sports 6/16/2015
  • Hisayoshi Chono is scheduled to play in a Ni-gun game against Yokohama on June 18. Source: Sponichi 6/16/2015 ... Chono got an eye exam on June 15 after Tatsunori Hara asked him to get one. Results came back negative for any problems. Chono is also set to play in a Ni-gun game on June 17. Source: Daily Sports 6/16/2015
  • Hara told reporters on June 16 that he is planning to have Shinnosuke Abe focus on first base again because of a health reasons. Source: Daily Sports 6/16/2015, Sponichi 6/16/2015
  • Ichi-gun training coach Shigeto Naito and Ni-gun training coach Hiroshi Ito will be swapping placing. Ito is set to join the Ichi-gun team on June 17. Source: official announcement

Hanshin Tigers

  • The Hankyu Hanshin Holdings general stockholders meeting took place in Osaka on June 16. During the meeting, one man said, "This is the Hanshin Tigers' eightieth anniversary. To be frank, they are bad. I don't think a lot of people are coming [to the games]. What about making [Akinobu] Okada manager next season?" Another said, "This isn't about the money for the Hanshin Tigers, I want them to be patient in developing young talent that can help the team win a championship." Source: Daily Sports 6/16/2015, Nikkan Sports 6/16/2015, Sponichi 6/16/2015, Sponichi 6/16/2015, Sanspo 6/16/2015
  • The Tigers could hold an organizational meeting within the next few days. One item on the agenda could be Matt Murton and whether or not the team should find an option in case he continues to struggle at the plate. This would be in addition to Nelson Perez. Source: Sports Hochi 6/16/2015 ... The search for another foreign player might be more about looking ahead to next season and whether or not they should offer Murton an extension.. Source: Sanspo 6/16/2015
  • The Tigers are interested in keeping Randy Messenger and Seung-Hwan Oh. Source: Sanspo 6/16/2015
  • Shintaro Fujinami could get a steady diet of Sunday starts, beginning on June 21 against Yakult, until the All-Star break. Source: Sponichi 6/16/2015
  • Hanshin tied a franchise record by striking out ten or more times in five consecutive games, between June 10 and 14 (ten, thirteen, ten, eleven, and ten times). They struck out ten or more times in five consecutive games last season between August 21 and 26 (eleven, twelve, ten, ten, and thirteen times). Source: Sanspo 6/16/2015
  • The Tigers are thinking about offering Alex Ramirez a temporary batting coach job. Source: Sponichi 6/15/2015 ... Another option could be to have Development Coordinator Masayuki Kakefu help at the Ichi-gun level. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/16/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Second round draft pick Kazuki Yabuta and fifth round draft pick Tatsuki Kuwahara joined the Ichi-gun team for practices at Mazda Stadium on June 16. Source: Daily Sports 6/16/2015
  • Kenta Maeda will most likely make his next start on June 19 against Yokohama at Yokohama. Hiroki Kuroda's next start could come on ten days of rest on June 23 against Hanshin at Nagano. Source: Sports Hochi 6/16/2015
  • The Carp are one away from 4,000 victories. Source: Daily Sports 6/15/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Potential starters for the Hiroshima series at Yokohama: Shoichi Ino, Shun Yamaguchi, Daisuke Miura, Yoshiki Sunada. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/16/2015
  • Shoichi Ino's next start will most likely come on June 19 against Hiroshima at Yokohama. It will be his first start on five days of rest this season. Source: Sponichi 6/16/2015
  • Kiyoshi Nakahata is planning to keep Yoshiki Sunada in the starting rotation. Source: Daily Sports 6/16/2015
  • The Bay Stars are in the middle of a ten-game losing streak (0-10-1). The last time they lost ten or more in a row was when they went through a fourteen-game losing streak in 2008 between September and October. They joined Nippon Ham (eleven in 2005), Seibu (ten in 2007), Hiroshima (ten in 2011), and Yakult (ten in 2012) as the only teams in NPB history to go on losing streaks of ten or more games during Inter-league play. Yokohama was in first place before the went on their losing streak. Only two other teams in NPB history have been in first place at the start of a ten or more game losing streak: Taiyo in 1961 (eleven) and Yakult in 2012 (ten). Source: Nikkan Sports 6/15/2015 ... The Bay Stars became the first team in NPB history to post a winning percent under .200 during one Inter-league season (3-14-1, .176 WPCT). The previous record of .217 (5-18-1) was set by Hiroshima in 2007. Source: Sponichi 6/15/2015

[6/15/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp

by on Jun.15, 2015 @ 8:37 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Leslie Anderson did not play on June 13 because he was not feeling well. Source: Sanspo 6/14/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers are interested in Nelson Perez. The twenty-seven-year-old outfielder is currently playing for the BC League's Ishikawa Million Stars and won MVP of the Month in May (23-for-62, 3 HR, 14 RBI). The two sides could announce an agreement some time after Inter-league play ends. The Tigers are not looking at Perez as an immediate contributor and are still checking the market for an outfielder. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/14/2015, Nikkan Sports 6/14/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Four players recorded modashos during a game against Softbank on June 13: Yoshihiro Maru, Ryosuke Kikuchi, Brad Eldred, and Ryuhei Matsuyama. The last time four Hiroshima players recorded modashos in the same game was agaist Hanshin on September 19, 2011: Shogo Kimura, Matsuyama, Maru, and Masato Akamatsu. Source: Sponichi 6/14/2015