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[4/21/2018] Yuki Yanagita hits for the cycle

Yuki Yanagita hit for the cycle (home run in the first, single in the fourth, double in the fifth, and triple in the eighth) during a game against the Nippon Ham Fighters at Sapporo Dome on April 21. Sixty-five players have now hit for the cycle seventy times in NPB history (thirty-two players and thirty-three times in the Pacific League). Yanagita is the first player in the NPB to hit for the cycle since Kosuke Fukudome on July 30, 2016; the first in the Pacific League since Julio Zuleta on September 22, 2007; and the first Hawk since Arihito Muramatsu on July 1, 2003.

Other facts:

  • Yanagita became the thirteenth player (accomplished fourteen times) to hit for the cycle while recording five hits. He is the ninth player (accomplished ten times) and first Hawk to complete the cycle with their fifth hit.
  • Yanagita became the fifth player to hit for the cycle by going HR, single, double, and triple (first since Takahiro Ikeyama on August 23, 1990).
  • Yanagita became the second player to complete a cycle with their fifth hit a triple. The other player was Robert Rose on May 2, 1995 and April 29, 1997.
  • Yanagita joined Tokuji Iida (August 24, 1955), Hiroshi Fujimoto (July 7, 1990), and Muramatsu as the only players in Hawk history to hit for a cycle.

Source: Daily Sports 4/21/2018, Daily Sports 4/21/2018, Sponichi 4/21/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/21/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/22/2018, Sponichi 4/22/2018


[4/21/2018] Takeya Nakamura hurts left shoulder

Takeya Nakamura hit his left shoulder on the ground while playing defense in the fifth inning of a game against the Chiba Lotte Marines at MetLife Dome on April 21. He  was removed from the game on defense in the sixth inning as a precaution. He did not go to the hospital. The Seibu Lions will wait to see how Nakamura is feeling on Sunday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/21/2018

[UPDATE 4/23 @ 4:51pm]

The Lions decided to take Nakamura off the active roster on April 22.

Source: Sanspo 4/22/2018, Sponichi 4/22/2018


[4/21/2018] Kenya Wakatsuki leaves game early with hamstring discomfort

Kenya Wakatsuki felt discomfort in his left hamstring while running the bases in the second inning of a game against the Rakuten Eagles at Rakuten Seimei Park Miyagi on April 21. He remained in the game until he was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning. He was examined at a hospital in Sendai and diagnosed with inflammation in his left hamstring. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Daily Sports 4/21/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/21/2018, Sanspo 4/21/2018


[4/21/2018] Yasutomo Kubo signs with Gary SouthShore RailCats

The American Association’s Gary SouthShore RailCats posted a press release on April 20 announcing that they signed thirty-seven-year-old Yasutomo Kubo.

The Gary SouthShore RailCats announced the signing of former Japanese major league pitcher Yasutomo Kubo on Thursday. The 37-year-old is 93-84 with a 3.66 ERA and 1,097 strikeouts over 13 seasons in the Nippon Professional Baseball.

Source: Railcats 4/20/2018, ZakZak 4/21/2018, Daily Sports 4/21/2018, Sponichi 4/21/2018


[4/21/2018] Hiroaki Shimauchi to miss four weeks with oblique injury

Hiroaki Shimauchi was taken off the active roster after he suffered an injury while running the bases in the ninth inning of a game against the Softbank Hawks at YafuOku Dome on April 19. He was examined at a hospital in Sendai on April 20 and diagnosed with an injury to his right internal oblique muscle. He will most likely need about four weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Daily Sports 4/20/2018, Sports Hochi 4/20/2018, Sports Hochi 4/20/2018, Sponichi 4/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/20/2018


[4/20/2018] Naomichi Donoue earns domestic FA option

Twenty-nine-year-old Naomichi Donoue earned his domestic free agent option on April 19 with eight years of service time on the active roster. He told reporters he was both happy and frustrated with the option — happy to earn the option, but frustrated he was unable to do more with his time.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/20/2018, Sponichi 4/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/20/2018, Sanspo 4/20/2018


[4/19/2018] Dayan Viciedo returns to US for citizenship

The Chunichi Dragons announced today that Dayan Viciedo returned to the United States earlier in the day. Viciedo is in the process of acquiring US citizenship. He is expected to return as soon as everything is complete (he missed parts of the season last year for the same reason, but was unable to finalize the process).

Source: Sponichi 4/19/2018, Daily Sports 4/19/2018, Sanspo 4/19/2018


[4/19/2018] Chunichi Dragons add Raidel Martinez to seventy-man roster

The Chunichi Dragons announced today that they added twenty-one-year-old Ikusei pitcher Raidel Martinez to their seventy-man roster. His uniform number will change from 211 to 97. His salary will increase from ten million yen to fifteen million yen (estimates).

Source: Chunichi 4/19/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/19/2018, Sports Hochi 4/19/2018, Sponichi 4/19/2018


[4/18/2018] Tomoya Ichikawa heads to Softbank in cash trade

The Softbank Hawks and Nippon Ham Fighters announced on April 18 that they reached an agreement on a trade. The Fighters will send thirty-two-year-old Tomoya Ichikawa to the Hawks for cash considerations.

Softbank assigned Ichikawa the uniform number 30.

Source: Softbank 4/18/2018, Nippon Ham 4/18/2018


[4/18/2018] Seiichi Uchikawa leaves game after taking pitch off knee

Seiichi Uchikawa was hit by a pitch near his right knee during his at bat in the seventh inning of a game against the Rakuten Eagles at YafuOku Dome on April 18. He had to be helped off the field and was replaced by a pinch-runner. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/18/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/18/2018, Daily Sports 4/18/2018, Sanspo 4/18/2018