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[4/4/2016] Takumi Akiyama leaves game with cramp

Takumi Akiyama was removed from a Rakuten game on March 3 after he developed a cramp in his left hamstring while running the bases in the eighth inning.

Source: Sanspo 4/4/2016

[UPDATE 4/6 @ 2:30pm]

Akiyama did not play in the Nippon Ham game on April 5 because of tightness in his left hamstring.

Source: Sanspo 4/6/2016

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YOM

[4/4/2016] Hirokazu Sawamura: three wins in four days

Hirokazu Sawamura recorded three wins in four days (March 31 against Yokohama, April 1 and April 3 against Hiroshima. The last Yomiuri pitcher to accomplish the feat was Makoto Kurata in 1975 (May 5 against Chunichi and May 7-8 against Yakult).

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/4/2016

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HAM

[4/4/2016] Kensuke Kondo leaves game with tightness in lower back

Kensuke Kondo started feeling some tightness in his lower back on April 2. He was pulled from a game against Softbank in the fourth inning on March 3 as a precaution. The Fighters are planning to take a wait and see approach.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/4/2016

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CHU

[4/4/2016] Shinnosuke Ogasawara suffers first Ni-gun loss

First round draft pick Shinnosuke Ogasawara made his second start of the season at Ni-gun on April 3 and took the loss. He gave up five runs on four hits over 3.2 innings against Hiroshima. He threw eighty-six pitches.

Date Opponent Desc NP IP BF H BB HBP SO ER
2016/03/27 Softbank ND 66 3.1 15 2 3 0 4 0
2016/04/03 Hiroshima L 86 3.2 21 4 4 0 2 5

Source: Sponichi 4/4/2016

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ORI

[4/4/2016] Ryo Toda to spend the season with the Fukui

The Orix Buffaloes will send Ryo Toda to the BC League’s Fukui Miracle Elephants from April until the end of the season. His assignment could end after the first half of Fukui’s season depending on discussions between to the two organizations.

Source: Fukui announcement 4/4/2016

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HAN

[4/3/2016] Kyuji Fujikawa picks up first NPB win since 2012

Kyuji Fujikawa started a game against Yokohama on April 3 and picked up the win. He struggled with his control, but still tossed six shutout innings.

The victory was Fujikawa’s first in the NPB since July 14, 2012 and his first in the NPB as a starter since September 19, 2003.

Source: Daily Sports 4/3/2016

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HAM

[4/3/2016] Shohei Otani to be a spokesperson for Seiko watches

The media learned on April 3 that Shohei Otani will be a spokesperson for Seiko’s line of men’s watches.

Source: Daily Sports 4/3/2016

[UPDATE 4/5 @ 11:23pm]

Seiko President and CEO Shinji Hattori told reporters on April 4 that it would be nice if he could make a special limited edition Otani watch at some point in the future. He also said he would like the two-way player to aim for a twenty/twenty (home runs/wins) season this year.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/5/2016

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LOT

[4/3/2016] Taiga Hirasawa hits first Ni-gun home run

Taiga Hirasawa recorded his first Ni-gun home run on April 3 against Rakuten. He led off the fourth inning with a blast to left off Kenny Ray.

Source: Daily Sports 4/3/2016

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SOF

[4/3/2016] Keizo Kawashima gets hurt while covering second

Keizo Kawashima took a hard slide from Kensuke Tanaka while playing second base in the sixth inning against Nippon Ham on April 3. He was replaced on defense after the play and taken to a hospital. He was diagnosed with a bruise on his lower right leg. The Softbank Hawks are planning to file a complain with the Pacific League for a slide they feel umpires should have questioned.

Source: Daily Sports 4/3/2016, Tokyo Sports 4/3/2016, Sponichi 4/3/2016

[UPDATE 4/4 @ 10:08pm]

Kawashima was taken off the active roster on April 4. The bruise on his right leg was apparently pretty bad because he needed crutches to get around on April 3.

Source: Daily Sports 4/4/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/4/2016

[UPDATE 4/5 @ 9:43pm]

The media learned today that Kawashima not only suffered a bruise on his leg, but also damage to the anterior talofibular ligament and calcaneofibular ligament. He will need to keep his right ankle immobile for about three weeks. There is no timetable on how long it will take for a full recovery.

Source: Chunichi Sports 4/5/2016

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YOK

[4/3/2016] Yokohama Bay Stars reach agreement with Mike Zagurski

The Yokohama Bay Stars announced on April  3 that they reached an agreement with Mike Zagurski. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated thirty-five million yen. Zagurski was a member of the Hiroshima Carp last year. He pitched in nineteen games and recorded a 2.40 ERA over fifteen innings.

Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 4/3/2016

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
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
G W L T
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
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