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[2/27/2017] Practice Game: Nexen vs Hiroshima

Nexen vs Hiroshima on February 27

Nexen 0 – Hiroshima 1

Starting line-up
Shota Dobayashi 1b, Hayato Shoji 2b, Ko Shimozuru dh, Xavier Batista lf, Alejandro Mejia 3b, Takahiro Iwamoto rf, Shohei Habu cf, Yoshiyuki Ishihara c, Takashi Uemoto ss, Kris Johnson sp

  • Johnson started the game and faced six batters over two innings. He did not allow a run or hit. He recorded four infield ground outs, struck out two, and topped out at 139km/h or 140km/h. Source: Daily Sports 2/27/2017, Sports Hochi 2/27/2017, Nikkan Sports 2/27/2017
  • Aren Kuri recorded three shutout innings. He retired the sides in order in the third and fifth innings. He got out of a runners on first and second two-out jam in the fourth with a ground out to second. Source: Daily Sports 2/27/2017, Sports Hochi 2/27/2017
  • Jay Jackson took the mound in the sixth inning and recorded a shutout inning in relief. He gave up one hit and struck out two. He struck out the first and last batters of the inning. Source: Daily Sports 2/27/2017

Source: Daily Sports 2/27/2017

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[2/27/2017] Intra-squad Game: Hanshin Tigers

Intra-squad game on February 27

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Reds 0 0 0 1 1 0 0     2 4 0
Whites 0 0 0 0 2 0 0     2 4 0

Reds

Starting line-up
Fumiya Hojo ss, Shunsuke Fujikawa rf, Shun Takayama lf, Masahiro Nakatani cf, Ryota Imanari 2b, Ryutaro Umeno c, Yusuke Oyama 3b, Seishiro Sakamoto 1b, Yuya Yokoyama sp

Whites

Starting line-up
Hiroki Uemoto dh, Kento Itohara 3b, Yutaro Itayama rf, Fumihito Haraguchi c, Eric Campbell 1b, Taiga Egoshi cf, Fumiya Araki 2b, Taichi Okazaki lf, Kai Ueda ss, Minoru Iwata sp

Source: Daily Sports 2/27/2017

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[2/27/2017] Yomiuri Giants exploring possibility of Casey McGehee at second base

The Yomiuri Giants are crowded at the infield corners and still lack a solid candidate at second base. During fielding practices on February 27, Casey McGehee spent time at second base. The thirty-four-year-old seems open to the idea, and if the Giants believe he can handle the position, it would allow them to use Shuichi Murata at third and Shinnosuke Abe at first.

Source: Sponichi 2/27/2017, Nikkan Sports 2/27/2017, Nikkan Sports 2/27/2017

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[2/27/2017] Four NPB Umpire School graduates given Independent League assignments

The NPB announced on February 27 that four graduates from the 4th NPB Umpire School (December 2016) were given assignments at independent leagues as Umpires in Training. 

  • Toshiki Moriguchi (22) – Shikoku Island League plus
  • Yuya Kimura (21) – Route Inn Baseball Challenge League
  • Shuto Takahashi (18) – Route Inn Baseball Challenge League
  • Yuta Yamahara (18) – Shikoku Island League plus

Source: NPB 2/27/2017

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[2/26/2017] Practice Game: Rakuten vs Seibu

Rakuten vs Seibu on February 26

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

Rakuten

Starting line-up
Eigoro Mogi ss, Toshiaki Imae 3b, Ginji 1b, Shintaro Masuda dh, Shimauchi Hiroaki cf, Ryo Hijirisawa lf, Takumi Miyoshi 2b, Toru Hosokawa c, Takero Okajima rf, Yuri Furukawa sp

  • Furukawa started the game and gave up four runs on six hits over five innings of work. Source: Sports Hochi 2/26/2017
  • Shu Sugahara entered the game in the seventh inning and did not allow a run or a hit over two innings. He struck out four and topped out at 151km/h. Source Sports Hochi 2/26/2017, Sponichi 2/27/2017
  • Imae recorded a timely single to right in the third inning. Source: Sponichi 2/26/2017
  • Ginji moved to second in the third inning. He went 1-for-2 at the plate. Source: Sports Hochi 2/26/2017
  • Okajima went 1-for-1 with three walks and an RBI. He hit an RBI single to left in the forurth. Source: Sports Hochi 2/26/2017

Seibu

Staring line-up
Fumikazu Kimura cf, Shogo Saito lf, Shotaro Tashiro cf, Hideto Asamura 2b, Takeya Nakamura 3b, Tomoya Mori c, Ernesto Mejia dh, Hotaka Yamakawa 1b, Aito Otaki rf, Sosouke Genda ss, Ryoma Nogami sp

  • Nogami started the game and tossed two shutout innings. He gave up two hits. He gave up a single in the first, but followed it with a double play. He retired the side in order in the second inning. Source: Sports Hochi 2/26/2017
  • Frank Garces took the mound in the sixth inning and did not allow a run over two innings. He faced seven hitters, did not give up hit, struck out two, and topped out at 146km/h. Source: Sports Hochi 2/26/2017, Sponichi 2/27/2017
  • Alexis Candelario entered the game in the eighth and gave up two runs on two hits over two innings of work. Three runners stole a base while he was on the mound.
  • Kimura hit a home run to right off Furukawa in the first inning. He recorded a sac fly to left in the fourth inning. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/26/2017
  • Mejia hit a home run to left-center in the fourth inning. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/26/2017

Source: Seibu 2/25/2017, Rakuten 2/26/2017, Sponichi 2/26/2017

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[2/26/2017] Practice Game: Doosan vs Orix

Doosan vs Orix on February 26

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Doosan 0 0 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 7 11 12
Orix 4 0 1 0 0 0 7 1 x 13 12 1
  • Taisuke Yamaoka started the game and gave up three runs on six hits over three innings. He did not allow any runs in the first and second innings. He gave up three consecutive timely hits with two out in the third inning. He went with fastballs and sliders in the first two innings. He started struggling after he added other off-speed pitches in the third. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/27/2017
  • Keisuke Kobayashi took the mound in the fourth inning and gave up four runs on five hits over two innings.
  • Keisuke Sawada entered the game in the seventh inning. He retired the side in order. Source: Sponichi 2/27/2017
  • Hiroyuki Nakajima (dh, 3rd) went 1-for-1 with two RBI. He hit a two-run home run in the first inning.
  • Brent Morel (3b, 6th) went 2-for-2 with three RBI. He hit a two-run double in the first and a solo home run to left in the third inning.

Source: Orix 2/26/2017, Daily Sports 2/26/2016

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[2/26/2017] Chunichi Dragons sign two Cuban players to Ikusei contracts

The Chunichi Dragons announced today that they reached agreements with twenty-four-year-old outfielder Leonardo Urgelles and twenty-year-old pitcher Raidel Martinez. Both players agreed to Ikusei contracts. Urgelles was assigned the uniform number 210, Martinez 211.

According to media reports, the players signed for an estimated ten million yen each.

Source: Chunichi 2/26/2017, Nikkan Sports 2/26/2017, Daily Sports 2/26/2017

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[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

Rakuten

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

Seibu

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.
  • Genda recorded two hits (infield hit in the fifth and a single to right in the eighth). Source: Sponichi 2/26/2017, Daily Sports 2/26/2017

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

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[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

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[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

Lotte

  • 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

Hiroshima

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

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
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
G W L T
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