[4/15/2016] Kumamoto Earthquake

A 6.5 magnitude earthquake shook Kumamoto prefecture on the evening of April 14 (Thursday). Forty-nine people were killed and more than 800 were injured. There are currently about 22,000 evacuees.

Source: NHK 5/1/2016

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[8/28/2016] Daisuke Matsuzaka throws forty-one pitches in San-gun start

Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched in a San-gun game against the Kagawa Olive Guyners at Tama Home Stadium Chikugo earlier today. He started the game and tossed three shutout innings. He threw forty-one pitches, allowed one hit, walked one, and struck out four. He also topped out at 147km/h.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/28/2016

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[8/28/2016] Yamaico Navarro sent to Ni-gun for an adjustment

Yamaico Navarro was taken off the active roster today because of performance issues. Navarro temporarily left Japan earlier this month to be with his expecting wife. After making it back to the starting line-up on August 18, he went 6-for-29 and struck out seven times. He also committed four errors.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/28/2016, Nikkan Sports 8/28/2016

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[8/28/2016] Radhames Liz returns to US for second opinion on elbow

The Rakuten Eagles announced today that Radhames Liz returned to the United States on August 27 for a second opinion on his right elbow.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/28/2016, Daily Sports 8/28/2016

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[8/28/2016] Seiichi Uchikawa leaves after collision at first base

Seiichi Uchikawa was removed from today’s game against the Chiba Lotte Marines at YafuOku Dome after a collision involving Lotte’s Alfredo Despaigne at first base in the top of the eight inning.

Despaigne hit a grounder to short. Kenta Imamiya fielded the ball and made a throw to first. The throw was wide and took a hop. Uchikawa tried to glove the ball as Despaigne reached first and the two collided and fell.

Uchikawa walked off the field with a slight limp and was replaced by Kenji Akashi. Despaigne remained in the game, but Shota Omine took his spot in the ninth.

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[UPDATE 8/28 @ 9:58pm]

Uchikawa suffered a bruise on his left arm and showed signs of whiplash. The Hawks will wait to see how he is feeling tomorrow before they decide what to do next.

Source: Sponichi 8/28/2016

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[8/27/2016] Masahiro Araki to be taken off active roster

Masahiro Araki fouled a pitch off his left calf during a game against the Yokohama Bay Stars on August 7 and suffered a bruise. He aggravated it while playing defense in the second inning of Saturday’s game against the Hiroshima Carp at Nagoya Dome — he was replaced by Anderson Hernandez after Brad Eldred’s at bat. The Chunichi Dragons are planning to take him off the active roster.

Source: Sanspo 8/27/2016, Nikkan Sports 8/27/2016

[UPDATE 8/28 @ 9:24pm]

Araki aggravated both his left calf and his lower back (chronic). He was treated at a hospital after he was removed from Saturday’s game against the Carp. It is uncertain if he will be able to return to the active roster this season.

Source: Sponichi 8/28/2016

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[8/27/2016] Takuya Furuya has surgery on left thumb

The Chiba Lotte Marines announced today that Takuya Furuya had surgery at a hospital in Tokyo on August 26 to treat a fracture in his left thumb. He will remain in the hospital for a few days.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/27/2016, Sponichi 8/27/2016, Daily Sports 8/27/2016, Nikkan Sports 8/27/2016

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[8/27/2016] 2016 XI BFA U18 Baseball Championship Schedule

Schedule

Group A

Date Venue Home Score Away
08/30 (Tue) 13:00 Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium Japan   Hong Kong
08/30 (Tue) 17:40 Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium Opening Ceremony
08/30 (Tue) 19:00 Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium Chinese Taipei   Indonesia
08/31 (Wed) 13:00 Taichung Baseball Field Indonesia   Hong Kong
08/31 (Wed) 19:30 Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium Chinese Taipei   Japan
09/01 (Thu) 13:00 Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium Japan   Indonesia
09/01 (Thu) 19:30 Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium Hong Kong   Chinese Taipei

Group B

Date Venue Home Score Away
08/30 (Tue) 10:30 Taichung Baseball Field Korea   Philippines
08/30 (Tue) 14:30 Taichung Baseball Field Thailand   China
08/30 (Tue) 17:40 Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium Opening Ceremony
08/31 (Wed) 13:00 Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium China   Korea
08/31 (Wed) 19:30 Taichung Baseball Field Philippines   Thailand
09/01 (Thu) 13:00 Taichung Baseball Field China   Philippines
09/01 (Thu) 19:30 Taichung Baseball Field Korea   Thailand

Super Round

Date Venue Home Score Away
09/02 (Fri) 13:00 Taichung Baseball Field Group A, 3rd Place   Group B, 4th Place
09/02 (Fri) 13:00 Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium Group B, 3rd Place   Group A, 4th Place
09/02 (Fri) 19:00 Taichung Baseball Field Group A, 1st Place   Group B, 2nd Place
09/02 (Fri) 19:30 Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium Group B, 1st Place   Group A, 2nd Place
09/03 (Sat) 13:00 Taichung Baseball Field Group A, 3rd Place   Group B, 3rd Place
09/03 (Sat) 13:00 Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium Group B, 4th Place   Group A, 4th Place
09/03 (Sat) 19:00 Taichung Baseball Field Group A, 1st Place   Group B, 1st Place
09/03 (Sat) 19:30 Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium Group B, 2nd Place   Group A, 2nd Place

Finals/Third Place

Date Venue Home Score Away
09/04 (Sun) 13:00 Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium Super Round, 3rd Place   Super Round, 4th Place
09/04 (Sun) 19:00 Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium Super Round, 1st Place   Super Round, 2nd Place
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[8/26/2016] 18U Samurai Japan loses to Rikkyo University, 6-2

The 18U Samurai Japan team played a practice game against Rikkyo University on August 26 and lost 6-2.

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18U Samurai Japan 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
Rikkyo University 2 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 x 6

Shoma Fujihira got the start for Samurai Japan and gave up five runs on six hits over three innings of work. He topped out at 146km/h and struck out six. Fujihira gave up a two-run home run in the first inning. The three runs in the third inning came on a triple, sac fly, and double. Koya Takahashi relieved Fujihira in the fourth inning and tossed three shutout innings while allowing two hits.  He stopped out at 149km/h and struck out five. Takaaki Shima pitched the final two innings and gave up a run on three hits.

Taiga Matsuo started at third and batted lead-off. He drove in both of Samurai Japan’s runs in the top of the fifth with a double to left-center with runners on second and third and two out.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/26/2016, Nikkan Sports 8/26/2016, Nikkan Sports 8/27/2016Sanspo 8/26/2016, Tokyo Sports 8/26/2016, Sponichi 8/27/2016, Sponichi 8/27/2016

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[8/26/2016] Yusei Kikuchi leaves start with blisters on left foot

Yusei Kikuchi’s night was cut short after he popped a blister on his left toe. Head/Pitching Coach Tetsuya Shiozaki told reporters Kikuchi had blisters on his left big toe and pinky. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Sponichi 8/26/2016, Sanspo 8/26/2016

[UPDATE 8/27 @ 9:15am]

Kikuchi started feeling pain in his left foot in the third inning (there was also some bleeding). He wanted to get through the sixth inning, but left after giving up a run on a walk and two consecutive hits.

Source: Sponichi 8/27/2016

[UPDATE 8/28 @ 9:31pm]

The Lions do not expect Kikuchi to miss his next start. He participated in warm-ups on Saturday and spent some time on a stationary bike.

Source: Sponichi 8/28/2016

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[8/26/2016] Yusuke Nomura twists left ankle

Yusuke Nomura hurt his left ankle when he attempted to field a bunt in the sixth inning of Friday night’s game against the Chunichi Dragons at Nagoya Dome. With runners on first and third and two out in the sixth, Masahiro Araki hit a bunt toward third. Nomura tried to field the ball, but twisted his left ankle in the process. He left the field for treatment and was unable to return. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Daily Sports 8/26/2016, Daily Sports 8/26/2016Sanspo 8/26/2016, Sponichi 8/26/2016

[UPDATE 8/27/2016 @ 9:56pm]

The Carp are hopeful that Nomura will be okay to make his next start on September 2 against Yakult at Jingu Stadium. He did not participate in practices today and was examined at a hospital in Hiroshima.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/27/2016, Daily Sports 8/27/2016

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Yokohama 120 56 61 3
Yakult 121 55 65 1
Hanshin 121 54 64 3
Chunichi 121 48 70 3
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Softbank 116 69 42 5
Nippon Ham 117 72 44 1
Lotte 118 61 56 1
Rakuten 113 51 59 3
Seibu 118 51 65 2
Orix 114 44 69 1