[7/27/2017] Yuki Matsui out with shoulder injury

Yuki Matsui was taken off the active roster today. There was some uncertainty as to why at first, but newer updates are reporting that Matsui was having problems with his left shoulder. He was taken to a hospital in Sendai today and diagnosed with enthesitis in his left teres major muscle. He will most likely require four weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Daily Sports 7/27/2017, Sports Hochi 7/27/2017, Sports Hochi 7/27/2017Sponichi 7/27/2017, Sponichi 7/27/2017Nikkan Sports 7/27/2017, Tokyo Sports 7/27/2017, Sanspo 7/27/2017


[7/26/2017] Yakult Swallows: fourth team to overcome ten-run deficit

The Yakult Swallows overcame a ten-run lead against the Chunichi Dragons tonight by scoring two runs in the seventh, eight runs in the eighth, and a walk-off home run in the tenth. They are the first team to overcome a ten-run deficit since Kintetsu beat Lotte 11-10 on August 24, 1997 after being down 10-0 after two innings. They scored one run in the third, one run in the fourth, four runs in the fifth, three runs in the seventh, one run in the ninth, and one run in the twelfth.

The last team to overcome a ten-run deficit in the Central League was Shochiku against Taiyo on May 19, 1951. They were down 12-2 after six innings and scored three in the seventh, five in the eighth, and three in the ninth to win the game 13-12.

The only other team to overcome a ten-run deficit was the Taiyo Robbins on October 2, 1949 against the Daiei Stars. They were down 10-0 after three innings and scored three runs in the sixth, four in the seventh, three in the eighth, and one in the ninth. They won the game 11-10.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/26/2017, Nikkan Sports 7/26/2017Daily Sports 7/26/2017


[7/26/2017] Casey McGehee leaves game with leg cramp

Casey McGehee left tonight’s game against the Hiroshima Carp at Kyocera Dome early after he appeared to hurt his left thigh while running out a double in the seventh inning. McGehee later told reporters he developed a cramp in his leg while running to second and that he should be okay for tomorrow’s game.

Source: Daily Sports 7/26/2017, Nikkan Sports 7/26/2017, Nikkan Sports 7/26/2017Tokyo Sports 7/26/2017


[7/26/2017] Nippon Ham Fighters record 1000th Hokkaido victory

The Nippon Ham Fighters recorded beat the Chiba Lotte Marines 4-2 earlier today and picked up their 1,000th win (1,933rd game) since their move to Hokkaido after the 2003 season.

Source: Nippon Ham 7/26/2017



[7/26/2017] 600+ Win NPB Managers

Sports Hochi published the following list of managers that recorded 600 or more victories when Tsutomu Ito notched his 600th managerial victory on July 23.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/23/2017



[7/26/2017] Hanshin Tigers top two million in attendance

The Hanshin Tigers topped two million in attendance today in their forty-seventh home game of the year. They are the first team in either league to make it to the two million mark this season. The Tigers reached two million in one fewer game than last year.



[7/26/2017] Rakuten Eagles reach one million in attendance

The Rakuten Eagles reached one million in attendance today. They set a new franchise record by hitting one million in their forty-first home game of the year, three games faster than their previous record of forty-four games, set in 2015 and 2016.



[7/26/2017] Seiichi Uchikawa out with avulsion thumb fracture

Seiichi Uchikawa was taken off the active roster today with an avulsion fracture in his left thumb. He suffered the injury while playing first base in the eighth inning of a game against the Chiba Lotte Marines at YafuOku Dome on July 23. He was examined at a hospital in Sendai (MRI, CT scan) on July 25 and diagnosed with an avulsion fracture in the ulnar base of the proximal phalanx. He will most likely require about six weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Tokyo Sports 7/26/2017, Daily Sports 7/26/2017, Sponichi 7/26/2017, Nikkan Sports 7/26/2017


[7/26/2017] Rakuten Eagles acquire Luis Cruz in cash trade

The Rakuten Eagles announced today that they reached an agreement to acquire thirty-three-year-old Luis Cruz from the Yomiuri Giants for cash. He was assigned the uniform number 67.

The Eagles held a press conference for Cruz today and he went 1-for-4 with an RBI in tonight’s game against the Softbank Hawks.

The Eagles were looking for some infield help after losing both Kazuya Fujita and Eigoro Mogi to injuries. The recent injury to Carlos Peguero also opened up a foreign player slot on their active roster.

Source: Rakuten 7/26/2017


[7/25/2017] Wladimir Balentien blasts 200th home run

Wladimir Balentien became the 102nd player in NPB history to reach the 200 home run milestone when he blasted a 2-2 pitch from Kazuki Yoshimi over the fence in the left during the first inning of a game against the Chunichi Dragons at Jingu Stadium on July 25. He also became the sixth quickest to 200 by recording the home run in his 707th game.

Source: Daily Sports 7/25/2017, Sanspo 7/25/2017

Player Games Date
Alex Cabrera 538 2005/7/11
Ralph Bryant 578 1993/8/19
Randy Bass 587 1987/10/3
Tyrone Woods 642 2007/8/16
Roberto Petagine 664 2004/6/29
Wladimir Balentien 707 2017/7/25


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NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 93 59 32 2
Hanshin 89 48 41 0
Yokohama 91 47 41 3
Yomiuri 91 42 48 1
Chunichi 94 39 52 3
Yakult 92 32 58 2
Rakuten 84 56 27 1
Softbank 91 59 32 0
Seibu 89 50 37 2
Orix 89 39 49 1
Nippon Ham 90 33 57 0
Lotte 89 29 59 1
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