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[9/5/2016] NTT Data develops VR baseball training simulator

NTT Data developed a virtual reality baseball training simulator. The Rakuten Eagles will be the first to take advantage of the service next year. The simulator currently allows hitters to view different kinds of pitch types while standing in a virtual batter’s box. People interested in the technology will be able see it in action during a three-game series against Nippon Ham at kobo Stadium that begins on September 9.

Source: NTT Data, Nikkan Sports 9/5/2016

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[9/5/2016] 2016 Iwate Kokutai (National Sports Festival) Schedule, Hardball Division

Gm Date Time Venue   Score  
First Round
1 10/02 10:00 Iwate 盛岡大付
Morioka Daigaku Fuzoku
6-10 履正社
Riseisha
2 10/02 10:00 Hanamaki 広島新庄
Hiroshima Shinjo
4-1 明徳義塾
Meitoku Gijuku
3 10/02 12:30 Iwate 北海
Hokkai
2-3 木更津総合
Kisarazu Sogo
4 10/02 12:30 Hanamaki 秀岳館
Syugakukan
1-8 東邦
Toho
Second Round
5 10/03 10:00 Hanamaki 鳴門
Naruto
12-11 作新学院
Sakushin Gakuin
6 10/03 10:00 Iwate 聖光学院
Seiko Gakuin
16-3 常総学院
Joso Gakuin
7 10/03 12:30 Hanamaki 履正社
Riseisha
8-1 木更津総合
Kisarazu Sogo
8 10/03
10/04
12:30
09:00
Iwate 広島新庄
Hiroshima Shinjo
4-1 東邦
Toho
Semifinals
9 10/04 10:00
11:30
Iwate 鳴門
Naruto
3-6 履正社
Riseisha
10 10/04 13:00
14:30
Iwate 広島新庄
Hiroshima Shinjo
3-2 聖光学院
Seiko Gakuin
Finals
11 10/05 10:00 Iwate 履正社
Riseisha
14-6 広島新庄
Hiroshima Shinjo
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Victoria Series: Saitama Astraia, Hyogo Dione, Kyoto Flora – September 3,4

September 3 at Karatsu Baseball Stadium – 13:00

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

WP: Mika Konishi (22 G, 7-6)
LP: Mizuki Bando (14 G, 4-3)

Game Time: 1h54m
Attendance: 535

Hero Interview

  • Mika Konishi = 2 BF, 109 NP, 7.0 IP, 3 H, 5 SO, 5 BB, 2 WP, 1 R, 1 ER. She tossed a complete game for her seventh win of the season.
  • Arisa Kanayama = 1-for-4: G5, G6, 2B7/8 one RBI, G5dp. She gave her team a 2-1 lead with an RBI double in the sixth.
  • Hikari Hashimoto = 4-for-5: 1B8(CS), F7, 1B8(SB), 1B8 two RBI, 2B9 two RBI. She recorded four hits and four RBI.

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September 3 at Karatsu Baseball Stadium – 15:40

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Saitama Astraia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
Kyoto Flora 2 0 2 0 4 1 x 9 15 0

WP: Minako Uemura (17 G, 6-6)
LP: Mika Miyahara (17 G, 3-5)

Game Time: 1h42m
Attendance: 624

Hero Interview

  • Minako Uemura = 26 BF, 84 NP, 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 SO, 2 BB, 0 R, 0 ER. She recorded a four-hit shutout.
  • Kaori Akiyama = 3-for-4: G6, 1B7 two RBI, 1B8 two RBI, 1B7. She recorded four RBI.

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September 4 at Karatsu Baseball Stadium – 13:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Hyogo Dione 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 10 18 2
Saitama Astraia 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 7 0

WP: Shiho Murata (16 G, 3-1)
LP: Yukari Isozaki (15 G, 6-7)

Game Time: –
Attendance: –

Hero Interview

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SEI

[9/5/2016] Ernesto Mejia to return home to be with expecting wife

The Seibu Lions announced today that Ernesto Mejia will return to the United States to be with his expecting wife. He is currently scheduled to return to Japan on September 10.

Source: Sponichi 9/5/2016

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ORI

[9/5/2016] Erik Cordier to return to US to treat injury

The Orix Buffaloes announced today that Erik Cordier (30) will be returning to the United States on September 6.

The Buffaloes signed Cordier this year to fill their closer role, but he struggled to secure a regular spot in the bullpen. He developed pain in his right hip and was diagnosed with a sports hernia in his right groin. He still felt pain during a bullpen session on August 26 and decided to have surgery to treat the condition. He will most likely require two to three months for a full recovery. He is not expected to return to the Buffaloes next year.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/5/2016, Sports Hochi 9/5/2016, Sponichi 9/5/2016

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LOT

[9/5/2016] Lotte to play two games against Lamigo during spring camp 2017

The Chiba Lotte Marines are scheduled to play two games against the Lamigo Monkeys from the Chinese Professional Baseball League during spring camp next year as part of the Asia Gateway Power Series 2017 in Ishigaki-jima.

The games will be played Ishigaki Chuo Sports Park Baseball Stadium on February 11 and 12, 2017.

The two teams played two games during spring camp this year and split the series.

Source: Lotte announcement

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HAN

[9/4/2016] Hiroki Uemoto leaves game on stretcher

Hiroki Uemoto hurt his right leg during Sunday’s game against the Yokohama Bay Stars at Koshien Stadium.

The incident took place in the eighth inning. Uemoto had a lead off second base and slid back into the bag on a pick-off attempt. He was safe, but tweaked something in his right leg on the slide. He appeared to be in a fair amount of pain and had to be taken off the field on a stretcher.

Tomoaki Kanemoto was asked about Uemoto during a post-game interview. He said it was a cramp and most likely not serious.

Source: Sanspo 9/4/2016, Sanspo 9/4/2016

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HAM

[9/4/2016] Brandon Laird’s three-homer game on Saturday

Nippon Ham’s Brandon Laird went 5-for-5 and blasted three home runs with seven RBI during Saturday’s game against the Orix Buffaloes at Hotto Motto Kobe.

Laird became the fourth player in the NPB to hit three home runs in one game this season (Jose Lopez, Ernesto Mejia, and Garrett Jones); the eleventh player (accomplished sixteen times) in franchise history to hit three home runs in one game, first since Sho Nakata on May 3, 2013; and the sixth foreign player (accomplished ten times) in franchise history to hit three home runs in one game, first since Fernando Seguignol on June 19, 2007.

Laird also set career highs in home runs (thirty-five in one season), RBI (seven in one game), and hits (five in one game). The last player in franchise history to record seven RBI in one game was Atsunori Inaba on April 11, 2012.

Source: Sanspo 9/4/2016

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HAM

[9/4/2016] Shohei Otani tosses thirty-eight pitch bullpen session

Shohei Otani threw thirty-eight pitches to a squatting catcher in the bullpen before Sunday’s game against the Orix Buffaloes at Hotto Motto Kobe. He threw fastballs, curveballs, sliders, and forkballs during the session. Otani will most likely get a start on September 6 against Lotte at Asahikawa.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/4/2016, Nikkan Sports 9/4/2016, Daily Sports 9/4/2016, Tokyo Sports 9/4/2016, Sponichi 9/4/2016

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LOT

[9/4/2016] Tsutomu Ito will most likely return in 2017

Chiba Lotte Marines’ president Shinya Yamamuro is planning to offer Tsutomu Ito an extension for the 2017 season, but he will first have to get approval from acting owner Akio Shigemitsu. One of the requirements for an extension is a third place or better finish. Lotte is currently eight games in front of fourth place team Rakuten. If they finish in third, it will be the first time in thirty-one years the organization recorded third place or better finishes in two consecutive seasons (third place in 2015).

Ito finished a three-year contract last year and signed a one-year deal for the 2016 season.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/4/2016, Daily Sports 9/4/2016Sports Hochi 9/4/2016, Sponichi 9/4/2016

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hiroshima 143 88 51 4
Hanshin 143 78 61 4
Yokohama 143 73 65 5
Yomiuri 143 72 68 3
Chunichi 143 59 79 5
Yakult 143 45 96 2
G W L T
Softbank 143 94 49 0
Seibu 143 79 61 3
Rakuten 143 77 63 3
Orix 143 63 79 1
Nippon Ham 143 60 83 0
Lotte 143 54 87 2
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