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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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[7/13/2018] Mynavi All-Star Game 2018, Home Run Derby Game 1 Results

Game 1

  • Yoshida, Masataka (Orix) – 12 home runs / 24 swings / pitcher: Ryoichi Adachi
  • Yamada, Tetsuto (Yakult) – 5 home runs / 22 swings / pitcher: Hayato Sakamoto

Game 2

  • Nakata, Sho (Nippon Ham) – 2 home runs / 18 swings / pitcher: Fumiaki Kiyota
  • Tsutsugo, Yoshitomo (Yokohama) – 9 home runs / 27 swings / pitcher: Jose Lopez

Game 3

  • Yoshida, Masataka (Orix) – 10 home runs / 29 swings / pitcher: Ryoichi Adachi
  • Tsutsugo, Yoshitomo (Yokohama) – 14 home runs / 25 swings / pitcher: Jose Lopez

Three minutes per player, per game.

Yoshitomo Tsutsugo advanced to the finals round at Lib Work Fujisakidai Baseball Stadium.

Source: NPB, Nikkan Sports 7/13/2018

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[7/12/2018] NPB Attendance Figures through July 11

Central League

Attendance

Teams 2018 2017
  Gm Attendance Avg/Gm Chg Gm Attendance Avg/Gm
Hiroshima 35 1,064,210 30,406 +0.8% 42 1,267,120 30,170
Hanshin 40 1,656,382 41,410 -2.3% 42 1,780,816 42,400
Yokohama 39 1,087,738 27,891 +1.1% 38 1,048,256 27,586
Yomiuri 43 1,789,624 41,619 -0.9% 40 1,679,278 41,982
Chunichi 39 1,149,985 29,487 +10.8% 45 1,197,299 26,607
Yakult 38 990,242 26,059 +2.0% 39 996,784 25,559
Totals 234 7,738,181 33,069 +2.1% 246 7,969,553 32,397

Game Times

  2018 2017
All Games 3:16 (288 games) 3:12 (483 games)
Nine Innings 3:12 (263 games) 3:06 (427 games)

Pacific League

Attendance

Teams 2018 2017
  Gm Attendance Avg/Gm Chg Gm Attendance Avg/Gm
Nippon Ham 37 1,044,105 28,219 -5.0% 42 1,248,192 29,719
Rakuten 42 1,004,645 23,920 -4.1% 37 922,672 24,937
Seibu 39 940,286 24,110 +5.0% 37 849,648 22,963
Lotte 40 884,568 22,114 +14.6% 39 752,514 19,295
Orix 40 899,451 22,486 +0.5% 44 984,877 22,384
Softbank 38 1,385,785 36,468 +8.9% 41 1,372,812 33,483
Totals 236 6,158,840 26,097 +2.2% 240 6,130,715 25,545

Game Times

  2018 2017
All Games 3:17 (290 games) 3:14 (483 games)
Nine Innings 3:12 (260 games) 3:10 (441 games)

Source: NPB 7/12/2018

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[7/12/2018] Mynavi All-Star Game 2018, Ceremonies/Events

July 13 – Game 1 – Kyocera Dome Osaka – 19:00

  • Hall of Fame Ceremony – Hideki Matsui, Tomoaki Kanemoto, Tatsunori Hara
  • National Anthem performed by violinist Mizuki Shikimachi
  • In-between-inning performances by comedian groups Gakutensoku and Yoshida-tachi
  • Home Run Derby
  • Ceremonial First Pitch
  • Performances by team mascots and Kumamon
  • Performances by cheerleaders, dance teams, and Home Run Girls (featuring the Orix Buffaloes Dance & Vocal Unit BsGirls)
  • Aodamo planting ceremony

July 14 – Game 2 – Lib Work Fujisakidai Baseball Stadium – 18:30

  • National Anthem performed by Tomiko Van (Do As Infinity)
  • Catchball Classic Competition
  • In-between-inning performances by comedian Korroke
  • Home Run Derby
  • Ceremonial First Pitch
  • Performances by team mascots and Kumamon
  • Performances by cheerleaders, dance teams, and Home Run Girls
  • Aodamo planting ceremony

Source: NPB 7/10/2018

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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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