[6/24/2017] Wily Mo Pena tweaks right hamstring

Wily Mo Pena tweaked his right hamstring while sliding into second base during a game against the Orix Buffaloes on July 23. The condition of his leg may not be bad enough to keep him out of the line-up, but it could be slowing him down a little.

Source: Daily Sports 6/24/2017


[6/24/2017] Yakult Swallows sign Genki Nitta to Ikusei contract

The Yakult Swallows signed thirty-four-year-old bullpen catcher Genki Nitta to an Ikusei contract. His uniform number will be 104. The Swallows decided to sign Nitta because they are running low on catchers at Ni-gun.

This is not the first time the Swallows signed someone on the staff to fill a hole in their farm system. In 2015, they signed batting practice pitcher/advance scout Kenta Abe to an Ikusei contract and used him as an outfielder.

Source: Daily Sports 6/24/2017


[6/24/2017] Yakult Swallows interested in Carlos Rivero

Carlos Rivero is apparently on his way to Japan. There was some internet chatter about the Hanshin Tigers possibly landing the twenty-nine-year-old, but Sanspo posted a report this morning that mentions the Yakult Swallows as an interested party with no mention of the Tigers.

Source: Sanspo 6/24/2017

[UPDATE 6/24 @ 4:04pm]

The Swallows are close to finalizing a contract with Rivero, according to newer reports from this afternoon.

Source: Chunichi Sports 6/24/2017, Daily Sports 6/24/2017


[6/23/2017] Yasuyuki Kataoka begins outdoor batting practice

Yasuyuki Kataoka started taking live outdoor bating practice at Giants Stadium today. He swung the bat about fifty times and hit five over the fence. He told reporters he was still getting a feel for hitting and that it felt good to hit outdoors.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/23/2017

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[6/23/2017] 2017 NPB Inter-league Awards

Winners of the 2017 NPB Inter-league Awards were released by the NPB today.

Most Valuable Player Award

Yuki Yanagita (Softbank)
16 G, .338 BA, 24 H (5th tie), 7 HR (2nd tie), 23 RBI (1st), .415 OBP, .565 RISP (1st tie)
He led all players with twenty-three RBI. This was the second time he won the award.

Nihon Seimei Award

Go Matsumoto (Nippon Ham)
17 G, .396 BA (2nd), 21 H, 0 HR, 5 RBI, .439 OBP (2nd), .462 (4th tie)
He started getting more regular playing time after he recorded a pinch-hit two-run double in the ninth inning of a game against Hanshin at Koshien Stadium on June 2.

Yoshihiro Maru (Hiroshima)
18 G, .411 BA (1st), 30 H (1st), 5 HR, 18 RBI (2nd), .469 OBP (1st), .565 RISP (1st tie)
He led the league in batting average, hits, and on base percentage.

Source: NPB 6/23/2017


[6/23/2017] Nobuyuki Hoshino takes LOA due to health issues

The Orix Buffaloes announced today that Ichi-gun pitching coach Nobuyuki Hoshino will take a temporary leave of absence (LOA) due to health issues. He was examined at a hospital on June 22, but was not feeling any better today.

Ichi-gun bullpen pitching coach Masafumi Hirai will take Hoshino’s spot in the dugout. Ni-gun pitching coach Hiroshi Kobayashi will slide into Hirai’s spot in the bullpen.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/23/2017, Daily Sports 6/23/2017


[6/22/2017] Takahiro Norimoto could make next start on ten days of rest

Masataka Nashida wants to give Takahiro Norimoto a little room to relax after his strikeout streak (eight consecutive starts with at least ten strikeouts). He made his last start on June 15 against the Yakult Swallows. His next turn could come on ten days of rest on June 26 against the Orix Buffaloes at Kobo Park Miyagi.

Source: Sponichi 6/22/2017


[6/22/2017] Yasuo Sano to have knee surgery this month

Yasuo Sano felt discomfort in his left knee during his last start on June 17 against the Chunichi Dragons at Nagoya Dome. He was examined at a hospital in Tokyo on June 19 and diagnosed with a lateral meniscus injury. He is scheduled to go under the knife to treat the injury some time this month.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/22/2017


Victoria Series: Hyogo Dione, Kyoto Flora – June 20,21

June 20 at Wakasa Stadium Kyoto – 18:30

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Hyogo Dione 0 0 2 1 0 0 6 9 13 0
Kyoto Flora 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 3 14 2

WP: Ayami Sato (10 G, 7-0, 2 Sv)
LP: Minami Yano (1 G, 0-1)

Game Time: 2h21m
Attendance: 542

Hero Interview

  • Tomomi Nakada = 3-for-3: BB, 2B8/9 one RBI, 1B6, 1B8. She recorded a modasho and drove in the first run of the game.
  • Mari Yamazaki = 2-for-3: G5, HR7 one RBI, SH3, 1B7. She hit her first home run of the season.

Game Page | Highlights


June 21 at Wakasa Stadium Kyoto – 18:30

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Hyogo Dione 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Kyoto Flora 0 0 0 1 1 1 x 3 7 1

WP: Mika Konishi (12 G, 5-3)
LP: Meguna Furuya (8 G, 2-4, 1 Sv)

Game Time: 1h29m
Attendance: 364

Hero Interview

  • Mika Konishi = 24 BF, 93 NP, 7.0 IP, 1 H, 3 SO, 1 BB, 0 R, 0 ER. She tossed a one-hit shutout for the win.
  • Tsudoi Konishi = 2-for-2: SH1, 1B7 one RBI, 1B8. She went 2-for-2 and drove in the game-winning run.

Game Page | Highlights



[6/21/2017] Keisuke Tanimoto earns domestic FA option

Thirty-two-year-old Keisuke Tanimoto earned his domestic free agent option today with seven years of service time on the active roster.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/21/2017

NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 69 43 25 1
Hanshin 66 37 29 0
Yokohama 69 33 34 2
Chunichi 70 30 37 3
Yomiuri 68 30 38 0
Yakult 68 26 41 1
Rakuten 64 42 21 1
Softbank 70 44 26 0
Seibu 66 36 28 2
Orix 68 31 36 1
Nippon Ham 67 28 39 0
Lotte 69 21 47 1
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