June 14 vs Yakult at MetLife Dome – Imai made his Ichi-gun debut and recorded a victory (six innings, 112 pitches, five hits, one run, topped out at 152km/h). He is the seventh player in Lions history to record a win in his first game, first since Kazuyuki Hoashi on March 27, 2001. He is the first starter since Daisuke Matsuzaka on April 7, 1999.
Imai is also the seventh Koshien Champion since 1950 to record a win in his first game, first since Yuki Saito and Yuya Fukui in 2011; and fifth Koshien Champion out of high school since Daisuke Matsuzaka in 1999.0 Comments
The Softbank Hawks hit one million in attendance during their game against the Yomiuri Giants last night. They set a new Pacific League milestone by hitting the milestone in their twenty-ninth home game of the year. The previous record of thirty games was set by Softbank in 2014.0 Comments
Tamura told the media on June 12, 2018 that he filed marriage papers with an older woman from Saitama earlier in the day.0 Comments
The Orix Buffaloes announced on June 11 that they assigned Ikusei pitcher Fumiya Kambe to the Fukui Miracle Elephants (BC League). Kambe will play for Fukui until the end of the season.
Source: Orix 6/11/20180 Comments
The following additions were made to the Inter-league schedule.
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June 10 vs Seibu – Oshiro notched the first walk-off hit of his career. With the game tied at two and the bases loaded and one out in the ninth, Oshiro entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Seiji Kobayashi. He recorded a walk-off hit to right.
Oshiro is the ninth Yomiuri rookie (accomplished eleven times) to record a walk-off hit, first since Ryuichi Kajimae hit a walk-off home run against Lotte on June 6, 2008. He is the first Yomiuri rookie to record a pinch-hit, walk-off hit and the first Yomiuri rookie catcher to record a walk-off.0 Comments
June 19 vs Nippon Ham at Yokohama Stadium – Kamizato recorded the first four-hit game of his career. He joined Toshio Haru (4-for-5 on September 27, 1994) as the only players in Bay Stars franchise history since the start of the draft to record four or more hits during a game in their rookie year. He also joined Kosuke Tanaka (June 22, 2014) as the only rookies to record four or more hits during an Inter-league game.0 Comments
Sports Hochi is reporting that the Yakult Swallows are looking to add Jason Urquidez to their pitching staff and may have already reached an agreement with the thirty-five-year-old.
The Swallows have five foreign players on their seventy-man roster: pitchers David Buchanan, Matt Carasiti, Dave Huff, Jordan Armengot, and outfielder Wladimir Balentien. Armengot is currently in the United States for a second opinion on an injury. Adding another arm would give the Swallows a little more room to breath.
Source: Sports Hochi 6/10/2018
(additional sources: Nikkan Sports 6/11/2018)0 Comments
Central League teams swept the Pacific League today for the third time in Inter-league history.
According to a number of reports from this morning, the Hanshin Tigers are exploring the overseas market. Possible interests include thirty-two-year-old Efren Navarro (currently seems to be the front-runner), thirty-one-year-old Nick Buss, and twenty-seven-year-old Kennys Vargas.
The Tigers added Wilin Rosario during the winter with hopes that he would be enough to get them through the season, but he was taken off the active roster on June 3 because of his struggles at the plate. The front office is now considering other alternatives, including the possibility of finding someone that might be able to supplement Rosario, and not necessarily replace him.
[UPDATE 6/10 @ 1:06pm]
The Tigers may be close to finalizing a deal for Navarro, according to at least two media sources from this morning.0 Comments