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So much of this site is jumbled up and half done with the new theme. Frankly, despite the number of people who like it, it's driving me crazy. I hate to look at it and call this my work. So the Player Meikan section is coming down until I've had time to clean it up and bring it up to speed with the rest of the site.

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MP & Silva ends CPBL distribution contract ( CPBL News ) On 2014-7-20 The China Post wrote:
MP & Silva abruptly terminated a contract to distribute Taiwan's professional baseball games in the local media, citing a breach of contract by the league.

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Getting closer ( Tiger Tails ) Just when I thought it was possible to go back to full game reviews I hit a busy period and have to stick with summaries for a bit longer. This series was a very good series to win and saw some excellent performances with - of course - the usual Wada caveat. The first game of the series, won 3-0 against Mr Smug (Sawamura) was notable for Iwata's excellent pitching over eight innings. Not only did he keep Giants off the board but he only took 103 pitches over his eight innings. Of course one must also mention the superb work of Umeno behind the plate who also drove in two of the runs (the other coming from a wild pitch from a tiring Sawamura and a bit of poor catching by Abe). Oh closed out the game picking up his 300th save (both Korea and Japan) and received a bouquet after the game.

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EDA Rhinos trample Lamigo Monkeys 3-2 on the road ( CPBL News ) On 2014-7-20 Paul Huang wrote:
Chang Yung-han's two-out single with runners at the corners capped a two-run eighth that gave the EDA Rhinos a 3-1 lead, and the road Rhinos went on to defeat the Lamigo Monkeys by a 3-2 margin at the Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium last night.

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2-way star Otani hits 162 kph as PL earns split ( Pro Yakyu News ) On 2014-7-20 The Yomiuri Shimbun wrote:
Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters starter Shohei Otani surpassed everyone's expectations in a 12-6 Pacific League win over the Central League in Game 2 of the All-Star Series on Saturday night at Koshien Stadium.

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Farewell for Park Chan-ho ( KBO News ) On 2014-7-18 Kim Tae-jong wrote:
It wasn't exactly like his trademark fast ball during his heydays at the Major League, but Park Chan-ho's ceremonial first pitch in the All-Star Game on Friday was impressive enough to commemorate his retirement.

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All Star Game 2: Otani's heater equals Japan speed record as PL stars take Game 2 ( Pro Yakyu News ) On 2014-7-19 Kyodo News wrote:
Shohei Otani ratcheted up the radar gun from the mound and earned the victory on Saturday as the Pacific League All-Stars beat their Central League counterparts 12-6 to earn a split of this summer's All-Star series.

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New BC League team from Fukushima will be named the Fukushima Hopes ( Independent Leagues ) On 2014-7-18 Gen wrote:
The new team being established in Fukushima for the BC League in 2015 will be named the Fukushima Hopes.

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Hawks righties Arakaki, Yamanaka dealt to Swallows ( Pro Yakyu News ) On 2014-7-20 Kyodo News wrote:
Softbank Hawks right-handers Nagisa Arakaki and Hirofumi Yamanaka have been dealt to the Yakult Swallows in a 2-for-2 trade for shortstop Keizo Kawashima and lefty Ryo Hidaka, sources familiar with the matter confirmed on Sunday.

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Breaking Ball: A Father and Son's Pitch for Baseball Glory ( High School ) On 2014-7-17 George Nishiyama wrote:
Japan's traditional high-school baseball regimen has produced some of the world's biggest baseball stars. But critics say the tough approach borders on child abuse. Is there a better way?

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DiMuro has witnessed umpire challenges, changes over the years ( MLB News ) On 2014-7-19 Wayne Graczyk wrote:
[DeMuro] came to [Japan] in March of [1997] as part of a spring exhibition game umpire exchange between Japanese baseball and MLB. He then stayed on as a regular Central League arbiter, and the idea was to have Japanese umpires learn from him.

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