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[8/29/2016] 2017 World Baseball Classic Survey (UPDATE 9/12 @ 2:04am)

I have been asked to do a little research on the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Information I gather could be used in a article that will be published in the next issue of Baseball Times. Those of you that have watched any of YakyuDB’s streams should be familiar with the name. They are a legitimate baseball publication in Japan.



[2/25/2017] Yuya Fukui has tightness in his back

Yuya Fukui did not travel with the team for today’s Chunichi game. He wanted to get in some extra work and felt tightness in his back while tossing a bullpen session. The Hiroshima Carp will monitor him over the next two to three days to make sure he is okay.

Source: Sanspo 2/25/2017


[2/25/2017] Kenta Kurose has fracture in right thumb

Kenta Kurose hurt his right thumb during batting practice. The Softbank Hawks announced today that Kurose was examined at a hospital in Miyazaki and diagnosed with fracture in the thumb (proximal phalanx). He is expected to return to Fukuoka for surgery.

Source: Sanspo 2/25/2017


[2/25/2017] Seiichi Uchikawa leaves games early with bruised right shoulder

Seiichi Uchikawa suffered an injury when he crashed into Ayatsugu Yamashita at first base during today’s practice game against the Softbank Hawks. Uchikawa could not catch a low throw from catcher Seiji Kobayashi on a bunt and was attempting to retrieve the ball when he crashed into Yamagshita running toward first.

A stretcher was brought out onto the field, but Uchikawa was able to get up and walk with help from a trainer. He was taken to a hospital in Miyazaki for tests (x-ray and MRI) and was diagnosed with a bruised right shoulder. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Daily Sports 2/25/2017, Daily Sports 2/25/2017Nikkan Sports 2/25/2017, Nikkan Sports 2/25/2017, Sponichi 2/25/2017, Sponichi 2/25/2017


[2/25/2017] Shogo Omoto to miss two months with hand surgery

The Softbank Hawks announced today that Shogo Omoto had surgery on his right hand at hospital in Fukuoka. He will require about two months for a full recovery.

Source: Daily Sports 2/25/2017


[2/25/2017] Tomotaka Sakaguchi takes pitch off right ring finger

Tomotaka Sakaguchi was hit by a pitch near the base of his right ring finger during an exhibition game against the Chiba Lotte Marines earlier today. The hit by pitch took place during his at bat in the sixth inning. He did not require a visit to the hospital and is considered day-to-day.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/25/2017


[2/25/2017] Practice Game: Rakuten vs Seibu

Rakuten vs Seibu on February 25

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Rakuten 0 0 1 0 0 6 2 0 0 9
Seibu 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 4 0 7


Starting line-up
Eigoro Mogi ss, Takero Okajima rf, Ginji 1b, Japhet Amador dh, Hiroaki Shimauchi cf, Kazuo Matsui lf, Taishi Nakagawa 3b, Tetsuro Nishida 2b, Tadashi Ishimine c, Yudai Mori sp

  • Mori started the game and allowed a run to score on four hits over five innings. He threw sixty-six pitches. Source: Sports Hochi 2/25/2017
  • Takahide Ikeda took the mound in the eighth inning and gave up four runs on four hits over an inning in relief. After putting runners on first and second with two out, he gave up four runs on four consecutive hits. He walked two and topped out at 149km/h. Source: Sports Hochi 2/25/2017, Nikkan Sports 2/25/2017
  • Mogi went 2-for-5: F6, G6, G4, 1B8 one RBI, 1B9. Source: Sports Hochi 2/25/2017
  • Amador recorded a two-out RBI single to left off Kona Takahashi in the third inning. Source: Sports Hochi 2/25/2017
  • Kazuki Tanaka entered the game as a pinch-runner in the fourth inning. He went 1-for-1 with two walks. Source: Sports Hochi 2/25/2017
  • Toshiaki Imae entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the fifth inning. He stepped up to bat with the bases loaded and two out in the sixth and recorded a three-run triple to center. He walked in his other two trips to the plate. Source: Sponichi 2/25/2017, Sports Hochi 2/25/2017


Staring line-up
Shotaro Tashiro cf, Yuji Kaneko rf, Hideto Asamura 2b, Takeya Nakamura 3b, Ernesto Mejia dh, Hotaka Yamakawa 1b, Takumi Kuriyama lf, Ginjiro Sumitani c, Sosouke Genda ss, Keisuke Honda sp

  • The pitching staff gave up a combined ten walks.
  • Katsunori Hirai took the mound in the fifth and surrendered a double and a walk, but did not allow a runner to cross the plate. He gave up six runs on three hits and five walks in the sixth.
  • Ichiro Tamura entered the game in the seventh and gave up two runs on three hits.

Source: Seibu 2/25/2017, Rakuten 2/25/2017, Nikkan Sports 2/25/2017, Sponichi 2/25/2017


[2/25/2017] Results from various practice games

Softbank’s Daisuke Matsuzaka started a Ni-gun game against Yomiuri on February 25. He gave up a run on one hit over two innings. He threw forty-one pitches, walked three, struck out one, and topped out at 142km/h. He faced the minimum three batters in the first inning. A runner reached third in the second inning and scored on a one-out RBI single to right by Ryoji Aikawa. He struggles with his control and loaded the bases with two consecutive walks. He got out of the jam by getting Tetsuya Matsumoto to hit into a double play. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/25/2017, Sponichi 2/25/2017, Tokyo Sports 2/25/2017, Sports Hochi 2/25/2017

Yomiuri’s Takuya Matsuzaki played in a San-gun practice game against WBC China on February 25. He got the start at designated hitter and batted sixth and went 1-for-3 with two strikeouts. He hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning. The San-gun Giants won the game, 3-0. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/25/2017, Yomiuri 2/25/2017


[2/24/2017] February 25 Samurai Japan Starting Line-up

Softbank vs WBC Japan on February 25

Starting line-up

  1. Tetsuto Yamada dh
  2. Ryosuke Kikuchi 2b
  3. Hayato Sakamoto ss
  4. Yoshitomo Tsutsugo lf
  5. Sho Nakata 1b
  6. Seiya Suzuki rf
  7. Nobuhiro Matsuda 3b
  8. Shota Ono c
  9. Shogo Akiyama cf
  10. Shota Takeda sp

(Kodai Senga is scheduled to follow Takeda)

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2017


[2/24/2017] Practice Game: Lotte vs Hiroshima

Lotte vs Hiroshima on February 24

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Lotte 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Hiroshima 4 2 0 0 3 0 0 0 x 9


  • Tomohito Sakai started the game and gave up six runs on eight hits over three innings of work. He walked/hit one and struck out 1. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2017
  • Takahiro Fujioka relieved Sakai and gave up three runs on five hits over two innings of work.
  • Yasuhiro Tanaka, Seiya Dohi, and Taiki Tojo each pitched scoreless innings in relief.
  • Dohi retired the side in order on fifteen pitches and struck out one. Source: Sponichi 2/25/2o17
  • The offense scored one run on nine hits.
  • Taiga Hirasawa (ss, 6th) went 2-for-4.
  • Yuito Munetsugu went 1-for-1 with an RBI. He recorded a one-out RBI single to left in the ninth inning. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2017


Starting line-up
Tomohiro Abe ss, Shota Dobayashi rf, Yoshihiro Maru cf, Ryuhei Matsuyama lf, Brad Eldred dh, Ramiro Pena 3b, Xavier Batista 1b, Ryota Funakoshi c, Ryoma Nishikawa 2b, Takuya Kato sp

  • Kato started the game and did not allow a run over two innings. He gave up two hits, walked two, and struck out five. He loaded the bases on two walks and a hit in the first inning, then struck out the next three batters (Jimmy Paredes, Matt Duffy, and Taiga Hirasawa) to get out of the inning unscathed. He allowed a single to the lead-off hitter in the second, then struck out two in a row (Kohei Shibata and Yuta Yoshida) and ended the inning on a fly out to second. Source: Daily Sports 2/24/2017, Sports Hochi 2/24/2017
  • Hiroki Tokoda relieved Kato and recorded two shutout innings. He gave up two hits. He ended the third inning by getting Jimmy Paredes to hit into a double play. He managed to get out of a runners on first and second with only one out jam in the fourth inning. Source: Daily Sports 2/24/2017
  • Dobayashi hit a single to right in the first inning and triple to right-center in the second inning. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2017
  • Maru hit a three-run home run to right off Tomohito Sakai in the first inning. He walked in his second at bat in the second inning. He left the game after playing defensein the fourth. Source: Daily Sports 2/24/2017
  • Matsuyama recorded three hits: double to left, RBI single to center, single to center. Source: Daily Sports 2/25/2017
  • Alejandro Mejia hit a three-run home run off Takahiro Fujioka in the fifth inning. Source: Daily Sports 2/24/2017

Source: Lotte 2/24/2017, Daily Sports 2/24/2017, Sponichi 2/24/2017


[2/24/2017] Practice Game: Nexen vs Chunichi

Nexen vs Chunichi on February 24

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Nexen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chunichi 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 7 x 11
  • Yuya Yanagi started the game and did not allow a run over two innings. He threw forty-six pitches, gave up three hits, walked one, and struck out one. He did not give up any runs despite surrendering a two-out double in the first and loading the bases on two hits and walk with one out in the second. Source: Sports Hochi 2/24/2017, Tokyo Sports 2/24/2017, Nikkan Sports 2/24/2017, Sponichi 2/25/2017
  • Elvis Araujo took the mound in the third inning and recorded three shutout innings. He did not allow a hit, walked two, hit one, and struck out three.
  • Jorge Rondon entered the game in the fifth inning and retired the side in order. He faced three, struck out two, and topped out at 152km/h. Thirteen of the fourteen pitches he threw were fastballs.
  • Taisuke Maruyama pitched the sixth inning and did not allow a run: 1B, G5dp, Ks.
  • Shotaro Kasahara tossed a shutout eighth.
  • Masahiro Araki (dh, 2nd). He went 0-for-2. He fouled a pitch off his left knee in his second at bat. It took him a while to get back on his feet, but he was able to finish out the at bat. Source: Daily Sports 2/24/2017

Source: Sports Hochi 2/24/2017, Sponichi 2/24/2017, Nikkan Sports 2/24/2017Sponichi 2/25/2017

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NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 143 89 52 2
Yomiuri 143 71 69 3
Yokohama 143 69 71 3
Hanshin 143 64 76 3
Yakult 143 64 78 1
Chunichi 143 58 82 3
Nippon Ham 143 87 53 3
Softbank 143 83 54 6
Lotte 143 72 68 3
Seibu 143 64 76 3
Rakuten 143 62 78 3
Orix 143 57 83 3