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[6/22/2016] Nippon Ham Fighters announce beetle ticket package

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced on June 21 that they have put together a ticket package that includes a kabutomushi (Japanese beetle) and carrying case as part of their summer Kids Dream Festa event in August. The ticket package will be available for one game against the Seibu Lions at Sapporo Dome on August 11.

The fine print:

  • One beetle and one carrying case per ticket.
  • Beetles and cases will be given out randomly — ticket holders will not be able to choose.
  • Please do not take beetles out of their carrying cases while inside the stadium.
  • There will be no returns or exchanges. Please take good care of your beetle.

Nikkan Sports is also carrying a brief article about the giveaway. A few takeaways from the article:

  • Quantities are limited to 200.
  • The Fighters are concerned about the health of the beetles they catch. They are planning to capture more than 200 (over the limit as insurance in case of accidental death prior to the giveaway) about a week before the game.
  • The Fighters are also concerned about what to do when beetles get loose in the stadium — they can fly and might be attracted to stadium lights.

Source: Nippon Ham announcement, Nikkan Sports 6/22/2016

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CHU

[6/22/2016] Leyson Septimo to pitch in Ni-gun game on either June 25 or 26

Leyson Septimo is set to pitch at least two innings in a Ni-gun game against Hanshin at Koshien Stadium on either June 25 or 26.

Source: Sanspo 6/22/2016

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CHU

[6/22/2016] Juan Jaime could toss a bullpen session next week

Juan Jaime (right shoulder) could be ready to toss a bullpen session some time next week. He did some long distance throwing during practices at Nagoya Stadium on June 21. Assuming no problems, he could pitch in a Ni-gun rehab game in July.

Source: Sanspo 6/22/2016

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YAK

[6/21/2016] Takahiro Imanami joins general workouts

Takahiro Imanami (facial cuts) joined team workouts at Jingu Gaien early today. He told reporters he was no longer worried about a concussion and that he okay after moving around. He is still having trouble eating, since he required fourteen stitches to close a cut near the area under the right side of his nose. He suffered the cut when the jolt of his collision with Shingo Kawabata caused his teeth to poke through the skin. Imanami shrugged off the cut and said it was not a big deal because he experienced something similar before.

Source: Sponichi 6/21/2016

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LOT

[6/21/2016] Daichi Suzuki diagnosed with ankle sprain

Daichi Suzuki hurt his right ankle during a game against the Yomiuri Giants at Tokyo Dome on June 19. He was examined at a hospital in Tokyo on June 20 and diagnosed with a sprained right ankle (inversion). The ankle is healing and the swelling is going down.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/21/2016

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[6/21/2016] Japan Student Baseball Association Punishments

The Japan Student Baseball Association met on June 21 to determine punishments for the following cases:

High School

Game Suspensions

金沢学院(石川)
Kanazawa Gakuin (Ishikawa)
部員の部内暴力
Violence
5月16日から7月13日
From May 16 until July 13

Suspensions

龍谷大平安(京都)の顧問
RyukokuDai Heian (Kyoto) adviser
部員同士の暴力隠蔽
Did not report violence
5月26日から6カ月
Six months beginning on May 26
久留米(福岡)の監督
Kurume (Fukuoka) manager
部員のマネジャーに対するいじめの報告遅れ
Delayed report
5月23日から6カ月
Six months begining on May 23
山辺(奈良)の監督
Yamabe (Nara) manager
部外活動での部員への暴力
Violence
5月27日から1カ月
One month beginning on May 27

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Source: Jiji Press 6/21/2016

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SOF

[6/21/2016] Shinsuke Tobo has right elbow surgery

The Softbank Hawks announced today that Ikusei player Shinsuke Tobo had surgery on his right elbow. He will most likely require eight to ten months for a full recovery.

Source: Daily Sports 6/21/2016

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SOF

[6/21/2016] Rick van den Hurk gets three-year extension

The Softbank Hawks announced that they signed Rick van den Hurk to a three-year extension. According to Nikkan Sports, the contract is worth an estimated total 1.2 billion yen plus incentives.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/21/2016, Tokyo Sports 6/21/2016, Sponichi 6/21/2016, Nikkan Sports 6/21/2016

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YOM YOK

[6/21/2016] Possible starters for the Yomiuri-Yokohama series

Possible starters for the upcoming Yomiuri at Yokohama three-game series that begins on June 24, according to Sanspo.

  • June 24 – Tomoyuki Sugano vs Shoichi Ino
  • June 25 – Kazuto Taguchi vs Kenta Ishida
  • June 26 – Miles Mikolas vs Shun Yamaguchi

Source: Sanspo 6/21/2016

Sanspo has modified its prediction:

  • June 24 – Tomoyuki Sugano vs Shoichi Ino
  • June 25 – Miles Mikolas vs Kenta Ishida
  • June 26 – Tetsuya Utsumi vs Shun Yamaguchi

Source: Sanspo 6/23/2016

Sponichi believes Mikolas will get his first start of the year on June 25.

Source: Sponichi 6/21/2016

Sports Hochi thinks Guillermo Moscoso will get the start against Yomiuri on June 26.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/22/2016

Nikkan Sports also thinks Moscoso will get the start on June 26 with Yamaguchi getting a turn during the Hanshin series.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/22/2016

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YAK

[6/21/2016] Juri Hara could be called up during Hiroshima series

Juri Hara was taken off the active roster on June 13 because of his struggles with consistency. He pitched in a Ni-gun game against Lotte on June 19 and recorded a three-hit shutout victory. The Yakult Swallows could call him up for a start during the Hiroshima three-game series that begins on June 28.

Source: Sanspo 6/21/2016

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hiroshima 140 86 50 4
Hanshin 135 73 59 3
Yokohama 135 68 63 4
Yomiuri 137 68 66 3
Chunichi 136 58 73 5
Yakult 137 44 91 2
G W L T
Softbank 136 91 45 0
Seibu 137 77 57 3
Rakuten 130 71 57 2
Orix 133 61 71 1
Nippon Ham 133 52 81 0
Lotte 135 49 85 1
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