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Kazuki Tanaka: Did You Knows

Milestones

2018

July 21 vs Seibu at MetLife Dome – Tanaka blasted the first grand slam of his career (sixth inning off Shota Takekuma).

Source: Sports Hochi 7/21/2018, Sponichi 7/21/2018

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Shingo Kawabata: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

July 21 vs Chunichi at Jingu – Kawabata blasted the first walk-off home run of his career — with the score tied at five, he hit a two-run home run to right off Hiroshi Suzuki.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/21/2018, Sponichi 7/21/2018

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YOK

[7/21/2018] Masayuki Kuwahara’s hit for the cycle on Friday

Masayuki Kuwahara hit for the cycle during Friday night’s game against the Hanshin Tigers at Yokohama Stadium. He became the sixty-seventh player (accomplished seventy-two times) in NPB history, thirty-fourth (accomplished thirty-seven times) in Central League history, and seventh (accomplished nine times) in Yokohama history, first since Boi Rodriguez on July 27, 2002, to achieve the feat. Kuwahara joined Sachio Kinugasa (July 7, 1976), Akinobu Mayumi (May 20, 1979), Rainel Rosario (September 2, 2014), and Yohei Oshima (July 20, 2016) as the only players in NPB history to record a lead-off home run in the first inning while hitting for the cycle.

  • 1st inning – lead off home run
  • 2nd inning – single to left
  • 4th inning – triple to right
  • 6th inning – walk
  • 8th inning – double to left-center

Softbank’s Yuki Yanagita (April 21) and Yakult’s Tetsuto Yamada (July 9) have also hit for the cycle this year.

Source: Chunichi 7/20/2018, Daily Sports 7/20/2018, Sports Hochi 7/20/2018, Sponichi 7/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/21/2018, Tokyo Sports 7/21/2018

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[7/20/2018] Chunichi Dragons interested in Joely Rodriguez

The Chunichi Dragons are interested in twenty-six-year-old pitcher Joely Rodriguez. According to Sponichi, the Dragons are planning to give Rodriguez a tryout. They see him as a possible left-handed option out of the bullpen.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/20/2018, Sponichi 7/20/2018

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[7/20/2018] Chunichi Dragons add Hiroto Fuku to their seventy-man roster

The Chunichi Dragons announced on July 19 that they added Ikusei pitcher Hiroto Fuku to their seventy-man roster. His uniform number will change from 234 to 34.

Source: Chunichi 7/19/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/19/2018, Daily Sports 7/19/2018

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CHU SEI

[7/19/2018] Seibu Lions acquire Ryuya Ogawa in trade

Seibu Lions announced today that they acquired twenty-six-year-old Ryuya Ogawa in a trade with the Chunichi Dragons for cash considerations.

Source: Seibu 7/19/2018, Chunichi 7/19/2018, Sanspo 7/19/2018, Daily Sports 7/19/2018, Sponichi 7/19/2018

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[7/18/2018] Bay Stars enter strategic partnership with ABL’s Cavalry

The Yokohama Bay Stars announced that they entered into a strategic partnership with the Australian Baseball League’s Canberra Cavalry. The partnership will allow the Bay Stars to send players and staff to gain experience with Canberra during the 2018-2019 season (or NPB’s off season). The partnership should also allow the Bay Stars to explore other opportunities to improve their organization.

Source: Yokohama 7/18/2018, Daily Sports 7/18/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/18/2018, Sanspo 7/18/2018, Sponichi 7/18/2018

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[7/17/2018] Sky Perfect Sayonara Award for June

Central League

Tetsuto Yamada, Yakult (First Time)

June 28 vs Chunichi at Jingu Stadium. Bottom of the 9th, score tied at six. Runners on first and second and one out. Yamada blasted a three-run walk-off home run.

The Dragons broke a two-two tie with three runs in the eighth inning. Wladimir Balentien answered back with a two-run homer for the Swallows in the bottom of the eighth, but another run in the ninth put the Dragons ahead 6-4. The Swallows pushed two across the plate before Yamada ended the game on a one-out, three-run home run to left. Yamada picked up the first walk-off hit of his career.

Pacific League

Seiji Uebayashi, Softbank (First Time)

June 29 vs Lotte at YafuOku Dome. Bottom of the 9th, Hawks down 5-4. Runners on first and third and two out. Uebayashi cleared the bases with a walk-off triple.

The Marines held a 5-2 lead after the top of the eighth. Uebayashi hit a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth. The Hawks kept the Marines off the board in the top of the ninth. Yuya Hasegawa hit an RBI single to right in the bottom of the ninth. Uebayashi swung at the first pitch he saw and hit a two-out, walk-off two-run triple to left-center. The walk-off hit was the first of his career.

Source: NPB 7/17/2018

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[7/14/2018] Mynavi All-Star Game 2018, Home Run Derby Game 2 Results

Game 4

  • Yamakawa, Hotaka (Seibu) – 6 home runs / pitcher: Sosuke Genda
  • Suzuki, Seiya (Hiroshima) – 7 home runs / pitcher: Tsubasa Aizawa

Game 5

  • Yanagita, Yuki (Softbank) – 6 home runs / pitcher: Yasuji Hamagiwa (Softbank BP pitcher)
  • Balentien, Wladimir (Yakult) – 7 home runs / pitcher: Tomotaka Tamaki (Hiroshima coach)

Game 6

  • Suzuki, Seiya (Hiroshima) – 6 home runs / pitcher: Tsubasa Aizawa
  • Balentien, Wladimir (Yakult) – 7 home runs / pitcher: Tomotaka Tamaki (Hiroshima coach)

Finals

  • Tsutsugo, Yoshitomo (Yokohama) – 8 home runs / pitcher: Jose Lopez
  • Balentien, Wladimir (Yakult) – 7 home runs / pitcher: Tomotaka Tamaki (Hiroshima coach)

Awards

  • Home Run Derby Winner – Tsutsugo, Yoshitomo (Yokohama)
  • Nissan Note e-Power Award – Yanagita, Yuki (Softbank)

Source: NPB, Nikkan Sports 7/14/2018

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[7/13/2018] Mynavi All-Star Game 2018, Game 2 starting pitchers

Game 2 – Lib Work Fujisakidai Baseball Stadium – Starting Pitchers

Pacific League

  • Takayuki Kishi (Rakuten)

Central League

  • Tomoyuki Sugano (Yomiuri)

Source: NPB 7/13/2018

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