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GIANTS KEEP TOP POSITION THROUGH INTERLEAGUE GAMES

NIPPON PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL INTERLEAGUE

Yomiuri Giants finished a 15-9 result in 2007 interleague games after Giants lost the last game of Interleague over Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles Tuesday. Manager Tatsunori Hara and his men had learned more than last season when Giants stoped in the series to dropped from the top to the fifth place of the Central League in the end. It seems to become effective that replacement to coaches of non-Gaiants coming from have been active.

Takao Obana, who had experienced Nippon-Series title with both Yakulto Swallows and Fukuoka Softbank Hawks as coach, was welcomed as the general pitching coach last year, and Haruki Ihara, who had played with Giants for two years but experienced league title with Seibu Lions as manager, returned old home as general fielding coach. Skipper Hara also have experienced the supreme title as manager in 2002, but he had just been given war potential by the former manager at that time Shigeo Nagashima. Recent decades, Giants had selected coaching staffs from Giant coming from. Hara, however, called Obana and Ihara to revive it as an invincible team after 2005 season when he weared the Giant uniform as the second manager of the team that had dropped the 5th place first since 1979. Then I had good feeling in his passion, LOVE GIANTS.

The season is still road middle. This season, Central League have first playoffs, Climax Series. Hara and his men's adventure lead to where coming October, I'm interested much.

match results:

Yomiuri 4-5 Lotte (5 Jun)

Nippon-Ham 3-2 Yomiuri (10 Jun)

Nippon-Ham 0-1 Yomiuri (11 Jun)

Yomiuri 2-1 Softbank (17 Jun)

Lotte 4-8 Yomiuri (20 Jun)

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FIGHTERS HAMMER DRAGONS TO EARN NIPPON SERIES

NIPPON SERIES

Sapporo crowd enjoyed jumping when Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters deserved a 4-1 series win over Chunichi Dragons in the best-of-seven Nippon Series. Fighters are the first title since moving the franchise to Sapporo, Hokkaido, and the twice in team history since the former club Toei Flyers in 1962.

Defence was the most factor towards the championship. In all five games, starting pitchers dicided each game to be marked a win or a loss. Ham's bullpen was almost perfect to give the Nagoya team just one run, which the best reliever in the Pacific League Hisashi Takeda allowed in Game 1. Dragons manager Hiromitsu Ochiai switched out relievers in less than an inning but unfortunately could not go ahead to a good direction.

I was disappointing for Dragons' four streak losing but at the same time I was excited at pitchers' battle coming to a deadlock. I expect to watch many games like these next season.

match results:

Nippon Series 2006

Nippon-Ham 2-4 Chunichi (21 Oct)
W:Kawakami
S:Iwase
L:Darvish

Nippon-Ham 5-2 Chunichi (22 Oct)
W:Yagi
S:MICHAEL
L:M.Yamamoto

Chunichi 1-6 Nippon-Ham (24 Oct)
W:M.Takeda
L:Asakura

Chunichi 0-3 Nippon-Ham (25 Oct)
W:Kanemura
S:MICHEAL
L:Nakata

Chunichi 1-4 Nippon-Ham (26 Oct)
W:Darvish
S:MICHEAL
L:Kawakami

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FIGHTERS WIN TO FINISH 1st

BASEBALL

Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters earned a come-from-behind win over third placed Fukuoka Softbank Hawks in the Fighters' final game of regular season. The victory meant Nippon-Ham's finished the first place in the Pacific League and would face the winner between Hawks and Seibu Lions in playoffs of the second stage.

Fighters coach Trey Hillman employed all the usable players in the team to want one victory.  He switched Yu Darvish from starter Masaru Takeda, who had six hits and one run with three strikeouts in five innings. Darvish, who is first relief this season, pitched strongly to rellay the winning formula, Hisashi Takeda and closer Micheal Nakamura.

In a while, Softbank, who had been confirmed the third place before the game, was usual in style when starter Tsuyoshi Wada did his job to have seven hits and four runs with five strikeouts in 96 throws and seven innings. The lefty was fired two solo shots by Kensuke Tanaka and Fernando Seguignol in fourth inning and gave two straight RBI doubles by Jose Macias and Makoto Kaneko in seventh after Takeshi Tsuji hit an RBI single for Hawks to take a lead in third.

Fighters seemed to be an one-for-all team. Matching power of all the players, I expect Fighters to go for it with the Dosanko fans' dream.

match result:

Softbank 1-4 Nippon-Ham (27 Sep)
W:M.Takeda(5-2)
S:MICHEAL(39)
L:Wada(14-6)
*1st Place Nippon-Ham Entering Playoffs from 2nd Stage
*Hawks on 3rd Place Meeting Lions in Playoffs 1st Stage

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FIGHTERS EDGE OUT LIONS TO AIM FOR 1st PLACE

BASEBALL

The bullpen saved the game when Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters deserved a 6-5 victory over Pacific League leading Seibu Lions at Sapporo Dome. Both starters were blown out and were got out the game earlly inning.

Fighters' rookie Tomoya Yagi allowed three runs by three hits in a row in the top of the 1st and gave Lions' slugger Kazuhiro Wada the second RBI this night in the 3rd right before Ham's coach Trey Hillman sent out Takehiko Oshimoto, who kept the game with no runs earned and a winner of the game. In a while, Chris Gissell's pitching was far from Lions coach Tsutomu Ito's expectation as the American resulted five runs earned to be struck four consecutive hits including Atsunori Inaba's three-run homer, his 25th this season, in the bottom of the 1st. After Tsuyoshi Shinjo's sac fly in 3rd, the right-hander handed Hsu Ming-Chieh, who gave the home team the 6th run by Fernando Seguignol's sac fly in 4th. 

Fighters' bullpen worked well despite Lions' pinch-hitter Akira Eto's RBI single to cut the deficit at 1 while Seibu's relievers accomplished shut-out relay after the Taiwanese. Micheal Nakamura extended club's save record, 36th, to end the game. Play-off births of Pa. League had been booked by Fighters, Lions and Softbank Hawks, who stand the 2nd place by 1/2 game with Nippon-Ham together, but now I don't know where the first place winner goes.

match result:

Seibu 5-6 Nippon-Ham (12 Sep)
W:Oshimoto(3-0)
S:MICHEAL(36)
L:Gissell(6-3)

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TYPHOON FROM NORTH HITS THE DOME TO ROB 10th WIN OF SOFTBANK

BASEBALL

September is typhoon's season in Japan. There is the Japanese, "Taifu-no-me" or eye of typhoon, which means that power and the person who is at the center of excited things and affects people surround them. Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, the third place of the Pacific League, is such a team. Fighters beat Fukuoka Softbank Hawks at Fukuoka Yahoo! Dome Thursday night as Typhoon born at Northland closed the Fukuoka's team at half game with earning 10th win in their 20 meetings.

In the last game of this series, Nippon-Ham's starter Masaru Takeda showed strong pitchings to allow four hits including just a solo homerun by Julio Zuleta with six strikeouts over six innings when Trey Hillman's batmen brought Takeda two runs to force bullpen works for Softbank who entered six relievers other than closer Takahiro Mahara and ace Kazumi Saito this night. Hisashi Takeda scilenced Koji Moriwaki's batmen with four strikeouts of five he faced to end the eighth. Kensuke Tanaka and Michihiro Ogasawara's RBI singles made a 4-1 lead before Micheal Nakamura saved Hideki Okajima allowing one run to end the game.

Softbank might go into the playoffs that more difficult opponent than Seibu Lions waits if Hawks had confirmed the second place. Trailing two games of difference with Lions, it may be the best result for the Hawks to stand the top of table.

match result:

Nippon-Ham 4-2 Softbank (7 Sep)
W:M.Takeda(4-1)
S:MICHEAL(33)
L:Yoshitake(3-2)

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SEIBU EVENS IT TO KEEP DIFFERENCE WITH HAWKS

BASEBALL

Fumiya Nishiguchi's strong pitching and reliever's efforts gave Seibu Lions a 8-5 win over Fukuoka Softbank Hawks in the two-game series Sunday. Seibu evened the series to keep game difference at 2 and stealed Hawks' dream for top position by their own, left two games at Invoice Seibu Dome next month.

Both teams started to pile only a score in only chance early innings but Lions got a 5-2 lead with Toru Hosokawa's homer off starter Hayato Terahara and each RBI single of Yasuyuki Kataoka and Takeya Nakamura off both reliever Kazuhiro Takeoka in top of 5th while Softbank failed to cut the deficit due to double-play in which second-baserunner Naoyuki Omura ran out there by Hidenori Tanoue's fly to center in bottom of it. Afterwards, the two ballclubs took three runs each other to end the game.

12 hits tie, 4 longballs tie, 7 to 6 strikeouts and 6 LOBs tie. Seeing the stats, likely same numbers are listed to amaze me! I don't know until October playoff which team wins finally.

match result:

Seibu 8-5 Softbank (27 Aug)
W:Nishiguchi(8-8)
S:Onodera(23)
L:Terahara(3-6)

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SHUTOUT RELAY HELPS HAWKS EARN SERIES WIN

BASEBALL

Though Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, who had been lack of manager Sadaharu Oh almost all second half of season, didn't have a rythm in attack to be defeated allowing Fighters starter Yoshitaka Hashimoto shutout game in the first of three-game-series against Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, it was marvellous that Hawks' chief coach Hiroshi Moriwaki's men drew victory twice in just a couple of chances to score. Hawks won the series thanks for good performances of pitchers and their combinations.

Especially third game, after Julio Zuleta's RBI double in 6th brought home the runnner Munenori Kawasaki, who hit a sliding double to center, Yoshiaki Fujioka relieved starter Yasushi Kamiuchi, who allowed three hits and no runs in 6 1/3 innings. Fujioka perfectly held the game with no hits and two strikeouts and fielding double-play to keep the no-run relay. Takahiro Mahara closed the door with allowing one hit and two strikeouts before accomplishing shutout relay with 1-0 victory. Here is coming one to one of Seibu Lions and Hawks in the Pacific League 2006.

match results:

Nippon-Ham 7-0 Softbank (8 Aug)
W:Hashimoto(4-2)
L:Arakaki(9-2)

Nippon-Ham 3-5 Softbank (9 Aug)
W:Wada(11-5)
S:Mahara(22)
L:Yagi(9-6)

Nippon-Ham 0-1 Softbank (10 Aug)
W:Kamiuchi(6-2)
S:Mahara(23)
L:Shimizu(1-3)

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NEW HOPES OF EACH BASEBALL CLUB

BASEBALL INTERLEAGUE

Yomiuri Giants and Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters were the 5th position on each league's table last season. It is surprised that both teams excite Japanese baseball now. Both coaches appointed young and fresh players to activate the team effort and are working well. I watched their games at Tokyo Dome on TV.

I live in Tokyo, so despite almost not watching Giants' games last year, I knew new players picked up on the Draft commission and new foreign players scouted for the Tokyo ballclub. Coach Tatsunori Hara, who was named as the manager since 2003 season last autumn, lost experienced pitchers like Hisanori Takahashi, Masumi Kuwata, and Koji Uehara. Then he gave a chance to play with the top team to young players like Tetsuya Utsumi, Kentaro Nishimura and Satoshi Fukuda(rookie) in pitching, or Yoshiyuki Kamei and Manabu Iwadate in batting. Especially Utusmi grew up on the mound to earn the 5th win on the midgame of this series as a 24-year-old boy is the second best ERA in the Central League, 2.12, to answer the manager's expectation most.

On the other hand, Fighters' coach Trey Hillman didn't make the batting members defference from last season like Giants, who have put Lee Seung Yuop from the Marines on the 4th batting since the opening of this season. However the American coach, who is the 4th year since going to the north land, found a new coming pitcher go out there, Tomoya Yagi. A 23-year-old rookie allowed 4 hits and one run in 6 2/3 innings to contribute to Fighters' victory over Giants, 5-2 on the last game of the series, Fighters' 49th game this season, when he is now leader on the Pacific League's ERA standing, 1.64, and co-leader with three pitchers collecting 6 wins in the League. I'm afraid to be anxious of that reliever Hisashi Takeda and closer Michael Nakamura enters the most games in the league, 27 and 24.

Next series, Fighters go back home to meet Tokyo Yakulto Swallows, while Giants stay home to face last season Champion Chiba Lotte Marines. You have long days yet until FIFA World Cup is opened. For a while, I will enjoy the Japanese baseball Interleague.

match results:

Nippon-Ham 5-3 Yomiuri (23 May)
W:Lee(4-3)
S:MICHEAL(12)
L:Nishimura(3-1)

Nippon-Ham 1-4 Yomiuri (24 May)
W:Utsumi(5-3)
L:Darvish(2-5)

Nippon-Ham 5-2 Yomiuri (25 May)
W:Yagi(6-2)
S:MICHEAL(13)
L:Glover(3-3)

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TIGERS DEFEAT MARINES SURROUND AUTUMN ATMOSPHERE

BASEBALL INTERLEAGUE

It was a rematch of last year's Nippon Series. Chiba Lotte Marines have piled nine consecutive victories after defeated Hanshin Tigers at Koshien on May 11, but Marines manager Bobby Valentine looked like not allowing more loss to Tigers, who went to Chiba with sweep against Orix Buffaloes at home last weekend. In the series opener, the American made a decision when, under the situation of 1-1, he sent off closer Masahide Kobayashi at the 9th. It was like autumn atmosphere.

Although Kobayashi put it zero to succeed starter Shingo Ono, who made a solid pitching with allowing 4 singles including Makoto Imaoka's homer at 7th, Marines couldn't capture Hanshin starter Kei Igawa at the bottom of 9th, who allowed 7 hits and a run by Koichi Hori's RBI single at 3rd until replaced reliever Kyuji Fujikawa at 10th. At the top of the 11th, the designated hitter Shinjiro Hiyama's home run off Yasuhiko Yabuta for Kobayashi and closer Tomoyuki Kubota's save gave the road team a victory under windy and a little rainy condition. Hanshin closed the gap with the Central League leader Yomiuri Giants to 0.5 games as Tigers had the fourth consecutive win.

I could watch only this game of the series but not the rest of it on NHK BS. This weekend, Tigers will go to the Seibu Dome while Marines is going to Tokyo Dome. I expect more games like this night in the Interleague and each league.

match result:

Hanshin 2-1 Lotte (23 May)
W:Fujikawa(3-0)
S:Kubota(9)
L:Yabuta(2-2)
*11th inning

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KOBAYASHIs GIVE MARINES A VICTORY OVER HAWKS

BASEBALL

On TV Tokyo, which has been an energetic channel for broadcasting professional baseball programs since last year, I watched a tie of Fukuoka Softbank Hawks welcoming Chiba Lotte Marines at the Yahoo! Dome in the Pacific League of Japanease Baseball.

Both teams sent off a fresh pitcher each other. It was first appearance this season for Shinji Kurano of Fukuoka, while Hiroyuki Kobayashi had twice entry with a win last pitching. Kurano deserved a lead by Jolbert Cabrera's RBI single to score Naoyuki Omura, who hit lead-off single at opening inning, before Kobayashi was helped by Matt Franco and Koichi Hori's solo shot at the 2nd and 3rd each to turn around it. After that, both pitchers showed almost perfect performances with no score to hand the game to relief pitchers.

Reliever Yoshiaki Fujioka and Koji Mise for Kurano were very lucky enough. Fujikoa made bases loaded after 2 outs before the second-base man Mitsuru Homma full-stretched grabbing Franco's grounder helped the rookie lose runs at 8th. Mise tossed by Fujioka allowed Val Pasccuci to lead-off single, after pinch-hitter Saburo's flyout, however, Toshiaki Imae's hitting ball lined luckily into shortstop Munenori Kawasaki's glove to get a double-play ending at 9th. On the other hand, Soichi Fujita, Yasuhiko Yabuta and closer Masahide Kobayashi had perfect inning each with no single to save H.Kobayashi's second win.

Marines beat Hawks, 2-1. Five teams except Rakuten Eagles are making fans entertain the games in the Pa-League. I'm looking forward to them facing Yomiuri Giants leading Ce-League in coming Interleague games.

match result:

Lotte 2-1 Softbank (4 May)
W:H.Kobayashi(2-0)
S:M.Kobayashi(11)
L:Kurano(0-1)

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