Home Run Derby
Takayoshi Noma hurt his left leg (possibly something near his left ankle) while running down a fly ball in the eighth inning of a game against the Yomiuri Giants on July 21. He was taken off the active roster on July 22.0 Comments
The Chiba Lotte Marines reached one million in attendance in their forty-sixth home game of the season on July 22 and tied the franchise speed record set in 2007.
Source: Sanspo 7/22/20180 Comments
The Softbank Hawks and Hiroshima Carp announced today that they reached an agreement on a trade. The Hawks will send twenty-three-year-old Kaisei Sone to the Bay Stars for twenty-four-year-old Yuki Mima.0 Comments
The Rakuten Eagles topped one million in attendance in their forty-second home game of the year on July 21. They made it to the same total in forty-one home games last year.0 Comments
The Seibu Lions made it to one million in attendance in their forty-first game of the season on July 21 and set a new franchise speed record (based on figures released since 2005).
Source: Sanspo 7/21/20180 Comments
Keisuke Sawada developed pain in his right side after his outing on July 20. He was examined at a hospital in Tokyo and diagnosed with an injury to his right internal oblique muscle. Sawada was taken off the active roster on July 21.0 Comments
Masayuki Kuwahara hit for the cycle during Friday night’s game against the Hanshin Tigers at Yokohama Stadium. He became the sixty-seventh player (accomplished seventy-two times) in NPB history, thirty-fourth (accomplished thirty-seven times) in Central League history, and seventh (accomplished nine times) in Yokohama history, first since Boi Rodriguez on July 27, 2002, to achieve the feat. Kuwahara joined Sachio Kinugasa (July 7, 1976), Akinobu Mayumi (May 20, 1979), Rainel Rosario (September 2, 2014), and Yohei Oshima (July 20, 2016) as the only players in NPB history to record a lead-off home run in the first inning while hitting for the cycle.
Softbank’s Yuki Yanagita (April 21) and Yakult’s Tetsuto Yamada (July 9) have also hit for the cycle this year.0 Comments
Fabio Castillo was taken off the active roster on July 20 with tightness in his right elbow. His schedule will be determined after a visit to the hospital. Castillo felt some tightness and pain during his last outing before the All-Star break and expressed some concern about the elbow during the recent Softbank series at YafuOku Dome.0 Comments
The Chunichi Dragons are interested in twenty-six-year-old pitcher Joely Rodriguez. According to Sponichi, the Dragons are planning to give Rodriguez a tryout. They see him as a possible left-handed option out of the bullpen.0 Comments
The Chunichi Dragons announced on July 19 that they added Ikusei pitcher Hiroto Fuku to their seventy-man roster. His uniform number will change from 234 to 34.0 Comments