Victoria Series: Saitama Astraia, Kyoto Flora – March 25,26

March 25 at Wakasa Stadium Kyoto – 13:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Saitama Astraia 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5   7 6 1
Kyoto Flora 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0   2 7 1

WP: Rina Taniyama (1 G, 1-0)
LP: Chiaki Shioya (1 G, 0-1)

Game Time: 2h28m
Attendance: 2,523

Hero Interview

  • Yuki Kawabata = 2-for-3: BB, F7, HR9, 1B7. She blasted the first home run of her career.

Game Page | Highlights


March 26 at Wakasa Stadium Kyoto – 13:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Saitama Astraia 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 3 0
Kyoto Flora 0 1 1 1 0 0 X 3 5 1

WP: Mika Konishi (1 G, 1-0)
LP: Haruka Ebi (1 G, 0-1)

Game Time: 1h38m
Attendance: 1,284

Hero Interview

  • Kiku Iwata = 1-for-2: F4, SH5 one RBI. She successfully executed a squeeze bunt in the fourth inning that gave Kyoto a 3-2 lead.
  • Mika Konishi = 28 BF, 107 NP, 7.0 IP, 3 H, 4 SO, 2 BB, 2 R, 1 ER. She recorded a three-hit complete game victory for her sixtieth career win.

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[3/28/2017] Ni-gun appearances of interest

Ni-gun appearances of interest from March 28:

Yusuke Nomura (Hiroshima) started a game against Softbank. He gave up a run on seven hits over six innings of work. He threw ninety-four pitches. His first Ichi-gun start of the season could come on April 4 against Chunichi at Nagoya Dome. Source: Daily Sports 3/28/2017

Shintaro Fujinami (Hanshin) started a game against Orix. He pitched six shutout innings and allowed just one hit. He threw ninety-eight pitches, did not walk a batter, and struck out six. He could get his first regular season start on April 4 against Yakult at Kyocera Dome. Source: Daily Sports 3/28/2017

Ryosuke Miyaguni (Yomiuri) tossed a three-hit shutout against Seibu. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/28/2017

Haruhiro Hamaguchi (Yokohama) started a game against Nippon Ham and gave up two runs on five hits over three innings of work. He threw sixty-two pitches. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/28/2017

Ayumu Ishikawa (Lotte) started a game against Yakult and gave up a run on four hits over four innings of work. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/28/2017


[3/28/2017] 89th Spring Koshien stats updated

Koshien Stats has been updated with games from March 27 and 28.


[3/28/2017] Chunichi Dragons: Araujo and Rondon reassigned to Ni-gun

Elvis Araujo, Jorge Rondon, Ryota Ishioka, and Yusuke Matsui were apparently reassigned to Ni-gun after practices at Nagoya Dome on March 28.

Among players that may have made the opening day roster: Takuya Kinoshita, Shun Ishikawa, Hayato Mizowaki, and second round draft pick Yota Kyoda.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/29/2017


[3/28/2017] Tatsushi Masuda set to be Seibu’s closer again this year

Tatsushi Masuda told listeners during a Seibu Lions radio show on Bunka Hoso earlier today that pitching coach Yoshihiro Doi told him he will be the closer from opening day. Masuda pitched in six exhibition games and recorded three saves. He and Brian Schlitter were competing for the closer role.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/28/2017


[3/28/2017] Orix assigns Ryuta Kadoya to BC League’s Fukui

The Orix Buffaloes announced today that twenty-six-year-old Ikusei pitcher Ryuta Kadoya will be assigned to the BC League’s Fukui Miracle Elephants, from April 1 until the end of the first-half of the season.

Source: Orix 3/28/2017, Fukui 3/28/2017


[3/28/2017] NPB All-Star Game: MyNavi signs three-year sponsorship deal

The NPB announced today that MyNavi will be sponsoring the NPB All-Star games for the next three seasons.

2017 All-Star Game Details

  • My Navi All-Star Game 2017
  • Locations: 
    • Game 1, July 14 (Friday) at Nagoya Dome
    • Game 2, July 15 (Saturday) at Zozo Marine Stadium

Additional detail for the 2017 All-Star Game will be released in May.

The NPB also announced that they signed MyNavi to an NPB Partner contract.

Source: NPB 3/28/2017


[3/28/2017] Eiichi Koyano’s wife pregnant with twins

Eiichi Koyano’s wife posted a message on her blog earlier today informing her readers that she was about six months pregnant with twins. The two married in November 2011 and had their first child, a girl, in August 2014.

Source: blog 3/28/2017Sponichi 3/28/2017


[3/27/2017] Kensuke Uchimura still playing baseball

Thirty-one-year-old Kensuke Uchimura has not yet officially retired from baseball. He was released by the Yokohama Bay Stars last year and tried to find a new home by attending the twelve team tryouts in November, but did not receive any offers from NPB teams. He did receive an offer from JFAM Corporation and began working for them in January this year. He is also playing shortstop for the company team, REVENGE99.

Source: Sponichi 3/27/2017


2017 NPB Opening Day Starters

Team Name JPN Name ENG Sources
Chunichi 大野 雄大 Ono, Yudai Tokyo Sports 3/18/2017
Yomiuri マイコラス Mikolas, Miles Nikkan Sports 3/27/2017
(road opener) 菅野 智之 Sugano, Tomoyuki Nikkan Sports 3/27/2017
Yokohama 石田 健大 Ishida, Kenta Sponichi 1/9/2017
(home opener) 今永 昇太 Imanaga, Shota Nikkan Sports 3/18/2017
Yakult 石川 雅規 Ishikawa, Masanori Sponichi 3/17/2017
Hanshin* メッセンジャー Messenger, Randy Nikkan Sports 3/25/2017
Hiroshima ジョンソン Johnson, Kris Daily Sports 3/18/2017
Seibu 菊池 雄星 Kikuchi, Yusei Nikkan Sports 2/9/2017
Nippon Ham 有原 航平 Arihara, Kohei Sanspo 3/16/2017
Rakuten 美馬 学 Mima, Manabu Daily Sports 3/27/2017
(home opener) 則本 昂大 Norimoto, Takahiro Daily Sports 3/25/2017
Orix 金子 千尋 Kaneko, Chihiro Nikkan Sports 2/15/2017
Lotte 涌井 秀章 Wakui, Hideaki Sponichi 2/13/2017
Softbank 和田 毅 Wada, Tsuyoshi Nikkan Sports 2/23/2017

* Kanemoto formally told the media found out on March 24. He spoke to Messenger about the start on the last day of spring camp.

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NPB Standings [Full]
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
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