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[8/19/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers

by on Aug.20, 2014 @ 3:26 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hirokazu Sawamura joined the Ichi-gun pitchers for workouts at Giants Stadium on Monday.  He could make his next Ichi-gun start on the 21st against Yakult at Jingu.  If he does not pitch well, he will most likely be shuttled back to Ni-gun for more work. Source: Sanspo 8/19/2014, Daily Sports 8/19/2014 ... If it comes down to Sawamura and Yuki Egarashi, pitching coach Kazuhisa Kawaguchi plans to go with the latter. Sponichi 8/20/2014
  • Hector Mendoza pitched in a practice game against Chuo University on Tuesday.  He started the game and tossed a shutout inning.  He topped out at 146km/h and struck out two. Source: Sanspo 8/19/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Takashi Toritani recorded the 110th modasho of his career on Tuesday.  He is one modasho away from tying Makoto Imaoka for fifth on the franchise all-time list. Source: Daily Sports 8/19/2014
  • Randy Messenger joined Gene Bacque as the only foreign pitchers in franchise history to record fifty or more victories. Source: Sponichi 8/19/2014 ... Messenger has so far recorded seven RBI this year.  Bacque set the franchise record for foreign pitchers with eleven in 1965.  The last Hanshin pitcher to record ten or more RBIs in a season (foreign or Japanese) was Matt Keough with ten in 1989. Source: Daily Sports 8/19/2014
  • The Tigers are carrying two full-time catchers: Kazunari Tsuruoka and Ryutaro Umeno.  Ryota Imanari is listed as a catcher, but the Tigers have been using him primarily as a third baseman this year.  However, they also see him as a back-up catcher, should something happen to the other two. Source: Sanspo 8/19/2014
  • Shintaro Fujinami's next two starts could come on the 22nd against Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium and on the 28th against Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome. Source: Daily Sports 8/19/2014, Sponichi 8/19/2014
  • A young pitcher working out at Ni-gun is expected to get the start on the 21st against Chunichi.  Akira Iwamoto and Kazuhito Futagami are candidates. Source: Sanspo 8/19/2014
  • The Tigers could be interested in Daisuke Yamai and Yoshihisa Hirano.  Both players have already earned their domestic FA options. Source: Sports Hochi 8/19/2014

Yomiuri Giants 6 – Tokyo Yakult Swallows 4 (August 19, 2014)

by on Aug.19, 2014 @ 4:00 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Yomiuri Giants vs Yakult Swallows @ Jingu Stadium - 18:00
Starters: Sugiuchi, Toshiya (YOM) 7-5, 3.07 - Muranaka, Kyohei (YAK) 2-2, 3.42

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Yomiuri 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 2 6 14 0
Yakult 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 4 8 0

Attendance: 28897 | Time: 4h5m | Yomiuri leads series, 8-6-0

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[8/18/2014] Injury Report: Tetsuya Matsumoto (Yomiuri), Yuji Kaneko (Seibu)

by on Aug.19, 2014 @ 2:50 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tetsuya Matsumoto felt pain in his right hand after he fouled off a pitch during his at bat in the 7th inning of Friday's game against Hiroshima.  He was examined at a hospital in Tokyo on Monday and diagnosed with a hamate hook fracture.  He is scheduled to undergo surgery to treat the injury on the 20th.  There is no timetable on his return. Source: Daily Sports 8/18/2014, Nikkan Sports 8/18/2014, Sponichi 8/18/2014
  • Tomoyuki Sugano (right middle finger) did some long distance throwing at Giants Stadium for the first time since he got hurt.  He slowly expanded the gap out until it reached about ninety-five meters.  Assuming no setbacks, he could toss a bullpen session on the 20th.  He could then move on to batting practice some time during the weekend. Source: Sponichi 8/18/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Anderson Hernandez did not play on Sunday against Yakult because of the tightness he started feeling in his left thigh during Saturday's game. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/18/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Yuji Kaneko was taken off the active roster on Monday with a bruise on his right index finger. Source: Sanspo 8/18/2014 ... Kaneko suffered the injury when attempting a bunt during a game against the Nippon Ham Fighters on the 16th. Source: Sports Hochi 8/18/2014

[8/18/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Aug.19, 2014 @ 2:43 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Yoshinobu Takahashi's father, Juei, died of heart failure at a hospital in Chiba at 4:50am on August 18.  He was seventy-five. Source: Daily Sports 8/18/2014
  • Susumu Orui (23) filed marriage papers with a twenty-two-year-old woman. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/18/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Yuta Iwasada received about five hundred congratulatory e-mails from friends and supporters after he recorded the first Ichi-gun victory of his career on the 17th. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/18/2014
  • The Tigers recorded their third two-homer inning of the season on Sunday: July 1 against Yakult, 4th inning, Ryutaro Umeno and Mauro Gomez; August 5 against Yakult, 3rd inning, Takashi Toritani and Matt Murton.  The franchise record of four was set twice in the past: Game 1 against Hiroshima on September 19, 1976 and against Yakult on August 14, 1983. Source: Sanspo 8/18/2014

Hiroshima Carp

Chunichi Dragons

  • Motonobu Tanishige set a new NPB record when he homered for the first time this season on July 22 against Yokohama at Yokohama.  The blast gave him at least one home run in twenty-six consecutive seasons.  The bat and ball that set the record will be donated to the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Tokyo.  The items will be put on display on the evening of August 23. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/18/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Masanori Ishikawa's next start could come on the 21st against Yomiuri at Jingu. Source: Sponichi 8/18/2014

[8/17/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Yakult Swallows

by on Aug.18, 2014 @ 3:20 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hector Mendoza tossed his first batting practice at Giants Stadium on the 17th.  He faced Ikusei players Chikara Yoshikawa and Ryusei Kitanosono, threw forty pitches, and allowed six could-be hits.  He topped out at 143km/h. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/17/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Hiroki Uemoto hit a home run off the first pitch he saw in the top of the 1st inning of Sunday's game against the Yokohama Bay Stars.  It was the second lead-off home run of his career, and the first that came on the first pitch.  The last Hanshin player to hit a lead-off home run on a first pitch was Takashi Toritani against Yokohama at Yokohama on June 20, 2010. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/17/2014
  • Another story about Hanshin's interest in Hiroyuki Nakajima. Source: Sanspo 8/17/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yasuhiro Ogawa feels he did not spend enough time resting his shoulder and elbow during the off-season.  It may have also resulted in problems with his mechanics that began at start of the season: he thinks he is not getting enough power behind his pitches this year because he is opening up too quickly and falling off the mound toward first too much. Source: Sponichi 8/17/2014
  • Nagisa Arakaki has thrown four or more wild pitches in one game three times during his career: four wild pitches against Rakuten on April 17, 2007 with Softbank; set the NPB record with five wild pitches against Seibu on August 20, 2008 with Softbank; tied the Central League record with four wild pitches against Chunichi on August 16, 2014 with Yakult.  Arakaki joined Yuhei Takai (2004, 2006) and Orlando Roman (2012) as the only pitchers in the Central League to throw four wild pitches in one game.  He also became the first pitcher to throw four or more wild pitches in one game in both leagues. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/17/2014, Sponichi 8/17/2014

[8/16/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Aug.17, 2014 @ 3:18 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The three, four, five hitters went yard on Friday in the same game for the third time this year (April 2 vs Yokohama, April 9 vs Hiroshima, August 15 vs Hiroshima).  Shinnosuke Abe (batted fourth on Friday) and Yoshinobu Takahashi (batted fifth on Friday) homered in the same game for the thirty-eighth time (all-time).  Abe, Takahashi, and Hayato Sakamoto (batted third on Friday) homered in the same game for the fifth time (all-time), first since July 24, 2013.  Friday was the first time the trio hit home runs in the same game batting out of the three, four, and five spots.  The Giants faced Kenta Maeda as a starter on Friday for the twenty-seventh time in franchise history and scored six runs off of him.  They have managed to score six or more runs off Maeda on only one other occasion: eight runs on July 30, 2010.  Friday was the first time he failed to pitch at least five innings against the Giants. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/16/2014
  • Tatsunori Hara recorded his 850th managerial victory on Friday. Source: Sponichi 8/16/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Shintaro Fujinami's next start will most likely come on August 22 against the Hiroshima Carp at Mazda Stadium. Source: Daily Sports 8/16/2014
  • Yoshinori Tateyama was taken off the active roster on Saturday because the Tigers wanted another lefty in the bullpen. Source: Sponichi 8/16/2014
  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka's Hometown Honor Award was recently found listed at an online auction.  He received the distinction from Chiba for his part in the 2006 World Baseball Classic.  Nishioka confirmed that the award was not in his possession, but could not recall losing it. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/16/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda recorded the 1,000th strikeout of his career during Friday's game against the Yomiuri Giants and became the 139th pitcher in NPB history to reach the milestone.  The strikeout came in the 2nd inning against Seiji Kobayashi. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/16/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Yudai Ono is 0-4 in five starts against the Yakult Swallows over his career.  The Swallows are the only Central League team he has yet to win a game against. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/16/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Guillermo Moscoso tied Domingo Guzman's franchise record for wins by a foreign pitcher in one season with his eighth victory of the year on Saturday. Source: Daily Sports 8/16/2014 ... The eight victories for a first-year foreign pitcher is a new franchise record. Source: Sponichi 8/16/2014
  • The Bay Stars recorded their fifth straight sellout on Saturday. Source: Daily Sports 8/16/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Nagisa Arakaki tied a league record by throwing four wild pitches during his start against the Chunichi Dragons on Saturday.  He will be taken off the active roster on Sunday. Source: Sports Hochi 8/16/2014, Nikkan Sports 8/16/2014

[8/15/2014] Injury Report: Tadashi Settsu (Softbank), Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (Yokohama)

by on Aug.16, 2014 @ 2:16 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Yoshiyuki Kamei (left thigh) resumed light running during workouts at Giants Stadium on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/15/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Takahiro Arai is having problems with back tightness.  He skipped pre-game batting practice on Thursday for the fourth straight time. Source: Sanspo 8/15/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Yoshitomo Tsutsugo was discharged from a hospital in Nagoya on Friday morning.  He headed back to Tokyo on the Shinkansen and reported to Yokohama Stadium, where he provided teammates and coaches with an update on his condition.  He plans to take things day-by-day and hopes to make it back to the active roster on the 24th. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/15/2014, Sports Hochi 8/15/2014, Sponichi 8/15/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Takahiro Fujioka took a batted ball off his left hand during Friday's game against the Rakuten Eagles.  He was examined at a hospital in Sendai and diagnosed with a bruise on his fifth metacarpal.  He is considered day-to-day. Source: Sports Hochi 8/15/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Tadashi Settsu left Friday's game against the Orix Buffaloes after he took a batted ball of his right hand.  The incident took place in the 1st inning when Ryoichi Adachi lined a pitch back to the mound that struck Settsu on the right hand.  He was removed from the game after just ten pitches and taken to a hospital in Osaka for treatment.  He was diagnosed with a bruise on his right thumb. Source: Sports Hochi 8/15/2014, Daily Sports 8/15/2014, Nikkan Sports 8/15/2014, Sponichi 8/15/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Tomotaka Sakaguchi started having lower back problems at the end of last season.  He is still dealing with the pain and is taking medication as needed. Source: Sports Hochi 8/15/2014

[8/15/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Aug.16, 2014 @ 2:13 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Yomiuri old timers will take on Hanshin old timers at kobo Stadium on November 16. Source: Sponichi 8/15/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Mauro Gomez is one homer away from becoming the first foreign player in franchise history to hit twenty home runs in his first year in Japan since Mark Johnson hit twenty in 1999. Source: Sanspo 8/15/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Hiroshima could be forced to schedule their first doubleheader since October 10, 1993 if there is not enough time to make-up their rained out games. Source: Sponichi 8/15/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Daisuke Miura became the nine pitcher over forty in NPB history to go on a four-or-more-game winning streak, first since Masahiro Yamamoto (five-game winning streak) and Masao Kida (four-game winning streak) in 2010.  Miura and Kimiyasu Kudo (2007) are the only two pitchers in franchise history to accomplish the feat. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/15/2014, Sanspo 8/15/2014