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.0 Comments
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.0 Comments
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 8/26/20160 Comments
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.0 Comments
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.
[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.0 Comments
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 8/26/20160 Comments
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)
Second Round (Round Robin)
Championship round (Single Elimination)
Source: World Baseball Classic 8/26/20160 Comments
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.
|Name JPN||Prefecture JPN||Name ENG||Prefecture ENG|
|登別明日中教校||北海道||Noboribetsu Akebi Chuto Kyoiku Gako||Hokkaido|
|専大北上||岩手||Senshu Daigaku Kitagami||Iwate|
|補欠校 / Alternate Schools|
The 18U Samurai Japan team played a practice game against Waseda University on August 25 and recorded a 5-4 win.
|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.0 Comments
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 8/25/20160 Comments