Category: NPB

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[7/27/2016] Hanshin Tigers collect hits in ten official consecutive at bats

The Hanshin Tigers tied a franchise record by collecting hits in ten consecutive official at bats (first time on April 30, 1936). They fell one short of tying the NPB record of eleven, set by Yakult on June 14, 2009.

  • Egoshi, Taiga – 1B9
  • Fukudome, Kosuke – 1B7
  • Haraguchi, Fumihito – HR7 three RBI
  • Gomez, Mauro – 1B7
  • Arai, Ryota – 1B8
  • Araki, Fumiya – 1B9 one RBI
  • Nomi, Atsushi – SH1
  • Takayama, Shun – 1B9 two RBI
  • Hojo, Fumiya – BB
  • Egoshi, Taiga – 1B9
  • Fukudome, Kosuke – BB one RBI
  • Haraguchi, Fumihito – 1B7 two RBI
  • Gomez, Mauro – 1B7

The Tigers sent fourteen players to the plate in the inning and scored nine runs on ten hits. Haraguchi went 2-for-2 with a home run and five RBI in the inning.

Source: Daily Sports 7/27/2016, Sponichi 7/27/2016, Sponichi 7/28/2016

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[7/27/2016] Kenji Otonari’s wife gives birth to boy

The Softbank Hawks announced that Kenji Otonari’s wife gave birth to the couple’s first child, a boy weighing 3,225 grams, at a hospital in Fukuoka on July 27.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/27/2016

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HAN

[7/27/2016] Takashi Toritani to ride bench until he regains confidence

Tomoaki Kanemoto is planning to use Takashi Toritani off the bench until he feels the captain is back to swinging the bat with confidence. He does not want to rush him back before he is ready, so it could be a while before he returns to the starting line-up.

Source: Sponichi 7/27/2016

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YAK

[7/27/2016] Tetsuto Yamada: first to thirty home runs in either league

Tetsuto Yamada blasted his thirtieth home run of the season during a game against the Hanshin Tigers at Koshien Stadium on July 26. He is the first player in either league to hit thirty home runs this year.

Yamada joined Wladimir Balentien (2012-2013) as the only Yakult players to hit thirty home runs in a season before anyone else in either league. He is the sixth player (accomplished nine times) to accomplish the feat during the season they turn twenty-four or younger, first since Hideki Matsui in 1998. He joined Yoshiyuki Iwamoto (1951, thirty-one), Futoshi Nakanishi (1954, thirty-one), Koji Akiyama (1990, thirty-five), and Kazuo Matsui (2003, thirty-three) as the only players in NPB history to hit thirty or more home runs the year after they recorded a triple-three (thirty home runs, thirty stolen bases, .300 or better batting average).

Yamada was first to thirty home runs in the Central League last year. He is the first player to thirty home runs before anyone else in their own league in two or more more consecutive seasons since Balentien (2011-2013); first Japanese player since Takeya Namaura (2008-2009); and first Japanese player in the Central League since Hideki Matsui (1997-1998).

Yamada is the ninth player in Yakult Swallows franchise history to hit thirty or more home runs in two or more consecutive seasons, first since Balentien (2011-2014). Only three other players are Japanese: Katsuo Osugi (1977-1978), Takahiro Ikeyama (1988-1992), and Akinori Iwamura (2004-2006).

Source: Sponichi 7/27/2016, Sanspo 7/27/2016

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[7/26/2016] Tomoya Mori to get first start at catcher since 2014

Tomoya Mori is slated to get a start at catcher on July 29 against the Orix Buffaloes at Kyocera Dome. It was be his first start at catcher since October 1, 2014.

The Lions are planning to use Mori as a catcher on July 29 because they want his bat in the line-up. Takeya Nakamura has spent a lot of time as a designated hitter since mid-May and Yuji Kaneko has started getting more starts in right (and third). The Lions can have a much deeper offense if Mori can catch.

Source: Sponichi 7/26/2016

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RAK

[7/26/2016] Rakuten Eagles reach one million in attendance

The Rakuten Eagles hit one million in attendance in their forty-fourth home game of the year. It took the same number of games to reach the milestone last season.

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[7/26/2016] Brian Wolfe pitches in batting practice scrimmage

Brian Wolfe pitched in a batting practice scrimmage at Seibu 2 Stadium earlier today. He faced twelve to thirteen hitters, threw forty-nine pitches, allowed one hit, and walked three.

Wolfe topped 142km/h and was a little rusty. He is scheduled to pitch in another batting practice scrimmage on July 30. If things go well, he could pitch in a Ni-gun game on August 2 against Nippon Ham. He is expected to pitch in at least three Ni-gun games.

Source: Sanspo 7/26/2016, Nikkan Sports 7/26/2016, Sports Hochi 7/26/2016

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[7/26/2016] Yakult Swallows considering extension for Wladimir Balentien

Wladimir Balentien is in the final year of a three-year deal. The media learned on July 25 that the Yakult Swallows are thinking about offering him an extension. A team official told reporters he had reservations about Balentien’s defense, but added it would be difficult to replace him.

Source: Sanspo 7/26/2016

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HAN

Koyo Aoyagi: Did You Know

Miscellaneous Information

Aoyagi grew up drinking Yakult products. His mother and brother work at Yakult and he spent time in the company nursery until he was about three.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/26/2016, Daily Sports 7/26/2016

Aoyagi threw from about three-quarters the first time he played catch for the Terao Dolphins when he was fifth year elementary school student. The manager of the team tried to fix his mechanics, but eventually decided to encourage him to keep throwing from the side.

Source: Sponichi 12/13/2016

Aoyagi is an avid manga fan. When he first joined the Tigers, he moved into their dormitory with about 300 mangas. Publisher Kodansha is thinking about naming him their managa publicity ambassador.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/18/2016


2017

Aoyagi is scheduled to move out of the Hanshin Tigers dormitory this winter.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/23/2017

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[7/26/2016] Carlos Peguero makes the active roster

Carlos Peguero made the active roster today. He played in two Ni-gun games before the call-up.

Ni-gun Games

Date Opponent PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SO BB IBB HBP SH SF SB CS DP E AVG OBP SLG OPS
07/23 (Sat) Nippon Ham 5 5 2 3 0 0 2 9 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .600 .600 1.800 2.400
07/24 (Sun) Nippon Ham 4 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .444 .444 1.111 1.556
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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hiroshima 143 88 51 4
Hanshin 143 78 61 4
Yokohama 143 73 65 5
Yomiuri 143 72 68 3
Chunichi 143 59 79 5
Yakult 143 45 96 2
G W L T
Softbank 143 94 49 0
Seibu 143 79 61 3
Rakuten 143 77 63 3
Orix 143 63 79 1
Nippon Ham 143 60 83 0
Lotte 143 54 87 2
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