[8/26/2016] Softbank Hawks top two million in attendance

The Softbank Hawks topped two million in attendance in their fifty-nine home game of the year. It took them fifty-eight home games to reach the same total last year.



[8/26/2016] Toshiya Sugiuchi throws eighty-seven pitches in Ni-gun game

Toshiya Sugiuchi (right hip) started a Ni-gun game against Seibu at Giants Stadium today. He threw eighty-seven pitches and gave up six runs on nine hits over over four innings of work. He allowed a run in the first and five runs on six hits against eight batters in the fourth. Sugiuchi topped out at 138km/h in the first inning and then ranged in the low to mid 130s thereafter.

Source: Sponichi 8/26/2016, Sponichi 8/27/2016


[8/26/2016] Drew Naylor pitches three innings in Ni-gun start

Drew Naylor (right shoulder) started a Ni-gun game against Softbank at Nagoya Dome today. He gave up two runs on four hits over three innings of work and struck out five. The two runs scored on a two-out, two-run homer by Barbaro Canizares in the first inning. He told reporters he had some difficulty settling down in the first inning, but was otherwise satisfied with the outing because he was able to throw all his pitches for strikes. He felt particularly good about his curveball.

Naylor will most likely pitch in one more Ni-gun game, possibly about eighty pitches during a three-game series against Orix that begins on September 2. If he is fine after that, he could return to the active roster in time for a two-game Yokohama series that begins on September 10.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/26/2016


[8/26/2016] Kentaro Enomoto has thumb surgery

The Softbank Hawks announced today that Kentaro Enomoto had reconstructive surgery on his right thumb (UCL, skier’s thumb) at a hospital in Fukuoka and will require about three months for a full recovery.

Source: Daily Sports 8/26/2016, Nikkan Sports 8/26/2016


[8/26/2016] Shohei Otani late scratch from tonight’s game

Shohei Otani was removed from the starting line-up against the Seibu Lions at the last minute because he was not feeling well. Otani was able to take batting practice as usual and was the designated hitter when line-up cards were exchanged after practices, but was replaced with Kensuke Kondo at the last minute.

The Nippon Ham Fighters told the media Otani’s condition was not fever-related and that it started on August 25. He returned to the team hotel before the start of the game.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/26/2016, Nikkan Sports 8/26/2016, Daily Sports 8/26/2016, Sponichi 8/26/2016

[UPDATE 8/27 @ 12:01pm]

Hideki Kuriyama decided to give Otani the day off because he was having a hard time focusing during batting practice. Otani was examined at a hospital before he returned to the team hotel. He was having problems with his throat and nose.

Source: Daily Sports 8/27/2016, Sports Hochi 8/27/2016


[8/26/2016] Ernesto Mejia will temporarily leave team to be with expecting wife

The media learned on August 25 that Ernesto Mejia will temporarily return home to be with his expecting wife. His schedule has not yet been set, but he could leave before the Softbank series that begins on August 30 and return in five days.

Source: Daily Sports 8/26/2016


[8/26/2016] 2017 World Baseball Classic Venues

Host cities for the North American venues for the 2017 World Baseball Classic were released on August 25. Below is a complete listing.

First Round (Round Robin)

  • Pool A – Tokyo, Japan – Tokyo Dome, March 7-10
    • Australia
    • China
    • Cuba
    • Japan
  • Pool B – Seoul, South Korea – Gocheok Sky Dome, March 7-10
    • Chinese Taipei
    • Korea
    • Netherlands
    • Brooklyn, NY Qualifier (September 22-25 at MCU Park)
      • Brazil
      • Great Britain
      • Israel
      • Pakistan
  • Pool C – Miami, FL, USA – Marlins Park, March 9-12
    • Canada
    • Colombia
    • Dominican Republic
    • USA
  • Pool D – Guadalajara, Mexico – Estadio Charros de Jalisco, March 9-12
    • Italy
    • Mexico
    • Puerto Rico
    • Venezuela

Second Round (Round Robin)

  • Pool E – Tokyo, Japan – Tokyo Dome, March 12-15
    • Winner Pool A
    • Runner-up Pool A
    • Winner Pool B
    • Runner-up Pool B
  • Pool F – San Diego, CA, USA – Petco Park, March 14-18
    • Winner Pool C
    • Runner-up Pool C
    • Winner Pool D
    • Runner-up Pool D

Championship round (Single Elimination)

  • Semi-Final 1 – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Dodger Stadium, March 20-22
    • Winner Pool F
    • Runner-up Pool E
  • Semi-Final 2 – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Dodger Stadium, March 20-22
    • Winner Pool E
    • Runner-up Pool F
  • Championship – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Dodger Stadium, March 20-22
    • Winner Semi-Final 1
    • Winner Semi-Final 2

Source: World Baseball Classic 8/26/2016


[8/26/2016] 2016 Iwate Kokutai (National Sports Festival)

The Iwate Kokutai high school baseball event, rubber baseball division, will take place between October 2 (Sun) and October 5 (Wed). There will be one venue: Yamada General Sports Park Baseball Field in Iwate.

Participating Teams

Name JPN Prefecture JPN Name ENG Prefecture ENG
登別明日中教校 北海道 Noboribetsu Akebi Chuto Kyoiku Gako Hokkaido
仙台商 宮城 Sendai Shogyo Miyagi
作新学院 栃木 Sakushin Gakuin Tochigi
早大学院 東京 SoDai Gakuin Tokyo
上田西 長野 Ueda Nishi Nagano
桜丘 愛知 Sakuragaoka Aichi
天理 奈良 Tenri Nara
柳井商工 山口 Yanai Shoko Yamaguchi
文徳 熊本 Buntoku Kumamoto
専大北上 岩手 Senshu Daigaku Kitagami Iwate
補欠校 / Alternate Schools
新田 愛媛 Nitta Ehime
報徳学園 兵庫 Hotoku Gakuen Hyogo

Sourcce: Iwate Kokutai Baseball, Nikkan Sports 8/26/2016


[8/25/2016] 18U Samurai Japan beats Waseda University, 5-4

The 18U Samurai Japan team played a practice game against Waseda University on August 25 and recorded a 5-4 win.

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Waseda University 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 4
18U Samurai Japan 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 x 5

Naruki Terashima started the game for Samurai Japan. He gave up two runs on three hits over three innings of work and struck out two. Takahisa Hayakawa relieved Terashima and gave up a run on two hits over three innings. Mizuki Hori pitched the final three frames and allowed a run on three hits. He also struck out seven.

Ryuhei Kuki got the start at designated hitter and batted clean-up. He hit a three-run home run in the first inning. The other two runs scored on sac flies: one by Yuki Sato in the fourth and the other by Taisei Irie in the eighth.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/25/2016, Nikkan Sports 8/25/2016, Sponichi 8/25/2016, Sponichi 8/26/2016


[8/25/2016] Shun Takayama sets new franchise record with twelve modashos

Shun Takayama set a new franchise rookie record with his twelfth modasho of the year during Wednesday’s game against the Yokohama Bay Stars at Yokohama Stadium. The previous record of eleven was set by Tomochika Tsuboi in 1998. Shigeo Nagashima hold the NPB record with fourteen in 1958.

Note: modasho is any game in which a hitter records three or more hits.

Source: Sponichi 8/25/2016

NPB Standings [Full]
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
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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