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[5/25/2017] Orix Buffaloes interested in Chris Marrero

According to a report by Nikkan Sports, the Orix Buffaloes are exploring options on the overseas market. One player at the top of their list is Chris Marrero. There are rumors the Buffaloes might already be close to finalizing a deal involving the twenty-eight-year-old outfielder.

Andrew Baggarly (San Jose Mercury News) and Jon Heyman (FanRag Sports) have tweeted reports confirming the rumors. Comcast SportsNet has also posted a report.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/25/2017, Baggarly Tweet, Heyman TweetComcast SportsNet

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[5/25/2017] Sho Nakata hit by baseball during practices

Sho Nakata was hit by a baseball during practices on May 24. Nakata was waiting for his turn during batting practice when a ball thrown toward home plate by Kensuke Kondo took one bounce on the ground then hit Nakata on the right side of his chin. He was treated with ice after he finished his workouts.

Source: Sponichi 5/25/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/25/2017

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[5/24/2017] MyNavi All-Star Game 2017, latest voting results from May 24

Entry Type Valid Entries Invalid Entries Total Entries
Internet 127,099 0 127,099
Paper 20,480 3,021 23,501
Totals 147,579 3,021 150,600

Total number of votes: 2,681,158

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Central League

Rnk Name JPN Name ENG Team Votes
Starting Pitchers
1 菅野 智之 Sugano, Tomoyuki YOM 32,302
2 R.メッセンジャー Messenger, Randy HAN 15,188
3 R.バルデス Valdes, Raul CHU 14,203
4 野村 祐輔 Nomura, Yusuke HIR 10,939
5 藤浪 晋太郎 Fujinami, Shintaro HAN 9,291
6 小川 泰弘 Ogawa, Yasuhiro YAK 4,797
7 今永 昇太 Imanaga, Shota YOK 4,649
8 秋山 拓巳 Akiyama, Takumi HAN 4,292
9 能見 篤史 Nomi, Atsushi HAN 3,438
10 九里 亜蓮 Kuri, Aren HIR 2,412
Relievers
1 J.ジャクソン Jackson, Jay HIR 21,321
2 S.マシソン Mathieson, Scott YOM 20,757
3 M.マテオ Mateo, Marcos HAN 20,476
4 岩瀬 仁紀 Iwase, Hitoki CHU 10,321
5 桑原 謙太朗 Kuwahara, Kentaro HAN 9,090
Closers
1 R.ドリス Dolis, Rafael HAN 31,997
2 山﨑 康晃 Yamasaki, Yasuaki YOK 27,442
3 秋吉 亮 Akiyoshi, Ryo YAK 17,250
4 田島 慎二 Tajima, Shinji CHU 13,264
5 A.カミネロ Caminero, Arquimedes YOM 9,259
Catchers
1 梅野 隆太郎 Umeno, Ryutaro HAN 35,595
2 小林 誠司 Kobayashi, Seiji YOM 31,820
3 中村 悠平 Nakamura, Yuhei YAK 14,898
4 戸柱 恭孝 Tobashira, Yasutaka YOK 11,595
5 會澤 翼 Aizawa, Tsubasa HIR 10,941
First Basemen
1 新井 貴浩 Arai, Takahiro HIR 36,233
2 阿部 慎之助 Abe, Shinnosuke YOM 25,415
3 原口 文仁 Haraguchi, Fumihito HAN 17,991
4 J.ロペス Lopez, Jose YOK 16,317
5 D.ビシエド Viciedo, Dayan CHU 15,066
Second Basemen
1 菊池 涼介 Kikuchi, Ryosuke HIR 44,622
2 山田 哲人 Yamada, Tetsuto YAK 35,601
3 上本 博紀 Uemoto, Hiroki HAN 14,945
4 荒木 雅博 Araki, Masahiro CHU 10,905
5 中井 大介 Nakai, Daisuke YOM 3,309
Third Basemen
1 鳥谷 敬 Toritani, Takashi HAN 48,892
2 C.マギー McGehee, Casey YOM 21,720
3 安部 友裕 Abe, Tomohiro HIR 16,781
4 A.ゲレーロ Guerrero, Alex CHU 9,136
5 宮﨑 敏郎 Miyazaki, Toshiro YOK 7,688
Shortstops
1 坂本 勇人 Sakamoto, Hayato YOM 50,410
2 北條 史也 Hojo, Fumiya HAN 19,339
3 田中 広輔 Tanaka, Kosuke HIR 16,599
4 京田 陽太 Kyoda, Yota CHU 15,045
5 大引 啓次 Obiki, Keiji YAK 6,658
Outfielders
1 糸井 嘉男 Itoi, Yoshio HAN 52,333
2 鈴木 誠也 Suzuki, Seiya HIR 46,596
3 筒香 嘉智 Tsutsugo, Yoshitomo YOK 45,301
4 大島 洋平 Oshima, Yohei CHU 25,334
5 丸 佳浩 Maru, Yoshihiro HIR 21,815
6 福留 孝介 Fukudome, Kosuke HAN 21,004
7 髙山 俊 Takayama, Shun HAN 18,764
8 B.エルドレッド Eldred, Brad HIR 18,102
9 平田 良介 Hirata, Ryosuke CHU 13,520
10 梶谷 隆幸 Kajitani, Takayuki YOK 11,736

Pacific League

Rnk Name JPN Name ENG Team Votes
Starting Pitchers
1 千賀 滉大 Senga, Kodai SOF 25,037
2 金子 千尋 Kaneko, Chihiro ORI 19,497
3 菊池 雄星 Kikuchi, Yusei SEI 18,641
4 則本 昂大 Norimoto, Takahiro RAK 15,905
5 岸 孝之 Kishi, Takayuki RAK 9,100
6 涌井 秀章 Wakui, Hideaki LOT 5,788
7 石川 歩 Ishikawa, Ayumu LOT 2,761
8 和田 毅 Wada, Tsuyoshi SOF 2,215
9 有原 航平 Arihara, Kohei HAM 2,124
10 高梨 裕稔 Takanashi, Hirotoshi HAM 1,800
Relievers
1 牧田 和久 Makita, Kazuhisa SEI 47,848
2 宮西 尚生 Miyanishi, Naoki HAM 17,569
3 黒木 優太 Kuroki, Yuta ORI 9,578
4 福山 博之 Fukuyama, Hiroyuki RAK 7,791
5 森 唯斗 Mori, Yuito SOF 6,635
Closers
1 松井 裕樹 Matsui, Yuki RAK 49,748
2 D.サファテ Sarfate, Dennis SOF 27,790
3 増井 浩俊 Masui, Hirotoshi HAM 9,981
4 平野 佳寿 Hirano, Yoshihisa ORI 9,947
5 増田 達至 Masuda, Tatsushi SEI 6,825
Catchers
1 嶋 基宏 Shima, Motohiro RAK 37,866
2 炭谷 銀仁朗 Sumitani, Ginjiro SEI 21,246
3 田村 龍弘 Tamura, Tatsuhiro LOT 18,303
4 大野 奨太 Ono, Shota HAM 13,009
5 甲斐 拓也 Kai, Takuya SOF 9,011
First Basemen
1 中田 翔 Nakata, Sho HAM 37,947
2 内川 聖一 Uchikawa, Seiichi SOF 31,291
3 E.メヒア Mejia, Ernesto SEI 22,446
4 銀次 Akaminai, Ginji RAK 10,268
5 井口 資仁 Iguchi, Tadahito LOT 5,822
Second Basemen
1 浅村 栄斗 Asamura, Hideto SEI 44,295
2 鈴木 大地 Suzuki, Daichi LOT 19,113
3 藤田 一也 Fujita, Kazuya RAK 12,002
4 川﨑 宗則 Kawasaki, Munenori SOF 11,464
5 田中 賢介 Tanaka, Kensuke HAM 10,110
Third Basemen
1 松田 宣浩 Matsuda, Nobuhiro SOF 33,609
2 B.レアード Laird, Brandon HAM 31,597
3 中村 剛也 Nakamura, Takeya SEI 23,107
4 Z.ウィーラー Wheeler, Zelous RAK 10,674
5 小谷野 栄一 Koyano, Eiichi ORI 6,828
Shortstops
1 茂木 栄五郎 Mogi, Eigoro RAK 38,168
2 今宮 健太 Imamiya, Kenta SOF 26,669
3 源田 壮亮 Genda, Sosuke SEI 20,405
4 中島 卓也 Nakashima, Takuya HAM 12,921
5 安達 了一 Adachi, Ryoichi ORI 5,154
Outfielders
1 秋山 翔吾 Akiyama, Shogo SEI 49,125
2 柳田 悠岐 Yanagita, Yuki SOF 43,943
3 T-岡田 Okada, Takahiro ORI 31,017
4 近藤 健介 Kondo, Kensuke HAM 30,771
5 上林 誠知 Uebayashi, Seiji SOF 29,758
6 西川 遥輝 Nishikawa, Haruki HAM 27,095
7 C.ペゲーロ Peguero, Carlos RAK 22,917
8 中村 晃 Nakamura, Akira SOF 12,403
9 栗山 巧 Kuriyama, Takumi SEI 10,568
10 角中 勝也 Kakunaka, Katsuya LOT 9,997
Designated Hitters
1 大谷 翔平 Otani, Shohei HAM 39,132
2 A.デスパイネ Despaigne, Alfredo SOF 31,654
3 J.アマダー Amador, Japhet RAK 6,608
4 山川 穂高 Yamakawa, Hotaka SEI 4,440
5 近藤 健介 Kondo, Kensuke HAM 4,224
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[5/24/2017] AbemaTV to broadcast four Waseda Jitsugyo games

AbemaTV is planning to broadcast four Waseda Jitsugyo games in Aichi on June 3 and 4. That by itself is not entirely significant. What is, however, is the possibility that the Internet TV channel is able to broadcast the game in which Kotaro Kiyomiya blasts his 100th high school home run. Kiyomiya is currently sitting on ninety-five home runs and could reach the milestone during a four game set in Okinawa this coming weekend, but the Internet TV channel is hoping he hits number 100 in Aichi.

Source: Sponichi 5/24/2017

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[5/25/2017] Takashi Toritani hit by pitch on face

Mitsuo Yoshikawa hit Takashi Toritani in the face with a 144km/h fastball in the fifth inning of tonight’s (May 24) game between the Yomiuri Giants and Hanshin Tigers at Koshien Stadium. A stretcher was prepared, but Toritani was able to get up and walk off the field on his own. He was taken to a hospital for tests. Tomoaki Kanemoto told reporters he thought the ball hit Toritani on the nose.

Source: Sanspo 5/24/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/24/2017

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[5/24/2017] Takahiro Shiomi tosses shutout against Ni-gun Yakult

Takahiro Shiomi got a late start this season because of lower back pain (herniated disc). He started a Ni-gun game against Yakult on May 23 and recorded a complete game shutout victory. He threw 122 pitches, faced thirty-five batters, gave up six hits, walked/hit three, and topped out at 144km/h.

Shiomi has so far pitched in four Ni-gun games and allowed just two runs in twenty-four innings of work.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/23/2017, Sports Hochi 5/24/2017

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[5/23/2017] Yusuke Nomura leaves game after only three innings

Yusuke Nomura left tonight’s (May 23) game against the Yakult Swallows at Mazda Stadium after three innings because of tightness in his lower back. The Hiroshima Carp will wait to see how he is feeling on May 24 to decide whether or not to take him off the active roster.

Source: Sponichi 5/23/2017, Sports Hochi 5/23/2017

[UPDATE 5/24 @ 9:36pm]

Nomura was taken off the active roster today. He was examined by a team doctor at the stadium after he was pulled from last night’s game. He will be re-examined at a hospital. He was reassigned to the San-gun rehab group.

Source: Daily Sports 5/24/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/24/2017

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[5/23/2017] Kyo Okunami suspended after traffic accident

The Orix Buffaloes announced today that Kyo Okunami was involved in a traffic accident that resulted in injuries while driving with a suspended license (thirty-day suspension due to speeding). The Buffaloes are taking his actions very seriously and have already given him an indefinite suspension (no practices, dormitory confinement, dormitory service work).

The accident took place at around 19:30 on May 22. Okunami was on his way to a nearby convenient store when he attempted a left turn and crashed into a two-person motorcycle. A man and woman riding the motorcycle were taken to a hospital for minor injuries. They did not require a hospital stay.

Added additional information on 5/24/2017 @ 5:37pm.

Source: Orix 5/23/2017Daily Sports 5/23/2017, Sports Hochi 5/23/2017, Sponichi 5/23/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/23/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/24/2017Sanspo 5/23/2017, Tokyo Sports 5/23/2017

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[5/23/2017] Kenji Akashi earns domestic free agent option

Thirty-one-year-old Kenji Akashi earned his domestic free agent option today with eight years of service time on the active roster.

Source: Daily Sports 5/23/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/23/2017, Sponichi 5/23/2017

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[5/23/2017] Softbank Hawks sign ZTE to team sponsor contract

The Softbank Hawks announced today that they signed ZTE Japan to a team sponsor contract. Beginning today and running through until the end of the 2017 season, the ZTE logo will appear on Softbank practice uniforms (on the back of the uniform top, above the  number).

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hanshin 45 27 18 0
Hiroshima 48 28 19 1
Yomiuri 46 23 23 0
Yokohama 47 21 24 2
Chunichi 48 19 26 3
Yakult 46 19 27 0
G W L T
Rakuten 41 29 12 0
Softbank 48 29 19 0
Seibu 44 25 18 1
Nippon Ham 45 19 26 0
Orix 45 18 27 0
Lotte 47 14 32 1
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