Shohei Otani hit 163km/h on the stadium radar gun twice in row against Tsuyoshi Nishioka in the first inning against the Hanshin Tigers (eighth and ninth pitches of the game, third and fourth pitches of the at bat). Nishioka watched the first pitch and fouled off the second pitch.
Otani also hit 163km/h with the:
Thirty-one of the 107 pitches Otani threw during the game were 160km/h or faster.0 Comments
Tetsuto Yamada became the first player in the Central League to hit twenty home runs during a game against the Chiba Lotte Marines at QVC Marine on June 11.
According to Daily Sports, the Hanshin Tigers have reached an agreement with twenty-nine-year-old pitcher Cody Satterwhite. They are expected to make an official announcement on June 13. The Tigers have been looking for another pitcher to provide the bullpen with more stability, particularly the late-innings.
Source: Daily Sports 6/12/2016
[UPDATE 6/13 @ 4:03pm]
The Hanshin Tigers announced today that they reached an agreement with Satterwhite. The two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 300,000 US dollars. He has not yet been assigned a uniform number.
Satterwhite is set to arrive in Japan on June 15. He will join the Ni-gun team for practices as soon as he gets his work visa.
[UPDATE 6/15 @ 9:43pm]
Satterwhite arrived in Japan today. The Hanshin Tigers are slated to hold a press conference for him on June 16.
Source: Nikkan Sports 6/15/2016
[UPDATE 6/16 @ 3:11pm]
The Tigers held a press conference for Satterwhite today. He was assigned the uniform number 75.
Source: Daily Sports 6/16/20160 Comments
Kenta Kurihara played in a Ni-gun game against Yakult at Tendo earlier today. He was the starting designated hitter and batted sixth. He went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
Source: Sports Hochi 6/11/20160 Comments
Ni-gun game against Hanshin at Koshien Stadium on June 11:
San-gun game against Keishicho at Giants Stadium on June 11:
[UPDATE 6/12 @ 2:22pm]
Gabriel Garcia could make his Ichi-gun debut as a starter during a three-game series against the Chiba Lotte Marines that begins on June 17.
Source: Sponichi 6/12/20160 Comments
Yasutomo Kubo won his start against the Orix Buffaloes at Kyocera Dome on June 10. The victory was his twenty-second during Inter-league play. He is the first pitcher in NPB history to record at least ten Inter-league victories from each league (twelve victories with Lotte, five victories with Hanshin, and five victories with Yokohama).
Source: Sponichi 6/11/20160 Comments
Yuta Iwasada may have tweaked his leg while pitching in the seventh inning against the Nippon Ham Fighters at Sapporo Dome tonight. He appeared to wince after allowing a single to left to Kenji Yano with a runner on second and one out. Pitching coach Isao Koda immediately came out of the dugout and removed him from the game as a precaution.
Iwasada later told reporters that it was a cramp and that he was okay.0 Comments
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Ernesto Mejia smacked his twentieth home run of the season on June 9 during a game against the Yomiuri Giants at Seibu Prince Dome. He is the first player in either league to hit twenty home runs this season.
Mejia is the seventh player in franchise history to hit twenty home runs before anyone else in the league. The other six: Futoshi Nakanishi (1953-55), Koichi Tabuchi (1983), Koji Akiyama (1986), Orestes Destrade (1992), Alex Cabrera (2001), and Takeya Nakamura (2009, 2011). He is also the fifth foreign player in franchise history to hit at least twenty home runs in three or more consecutive seasons. The other four: Tony Roig (1965-1967), Terry Whitfield (1981-1983), Destrade (1989-1992), and Cabrera (2001-2007).
Mejia has now also hit a home run against every NPB team other than Seibu.0 Comments
The Rakuten Eagles will be auctioning off the third base bag Louis Okoye slid into for his first career triple on June 7. The base will come with Okoye’s signature (directly on the base) and a certificate of authenticity. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Eagles’ Tohoku Smile Project.0 Comments