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[4/15/2016] Orix Buffaloes add Takayuki Tsukada to seventy-man roster

The Orix Buffaloes announced today that they added Ikusei player Takayuki Tsukada to their seventy-man roster. His uniform number will change from 120 to 91.

Source: Orix announcement, Daily Sports 4/15/2016

2016 Ni-gun Games

Date Opp Desc IP BF H HR BB HBP SO WP BK R ER ERA BB/9 K/9 WHIP
03/15 HIR   1.0 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 9.00 0.00
03/16 HIR   1.0 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 4.50 4.50 0.50
03/18 HAN   1.0 4 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0.00 3.00 9.00 0.67
03/20 HAN S 1.0 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.25 11.25 0.50
03/22 SOF   1.2 7 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.59 9.53 0.71
03/24 SOF L 0.2 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 2.84 1.42 8.53 0.95
03/30 CHU   1.0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.45 1.23 7.36 0.82
03/31 CHU   1.2 5 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2.00 1.00 7.00 0.67
04/01 SOF   1.0 6 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 1.80 0.90 7.20 0.80
04/03 SOF L 0.1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.74 0.87 6.97 0.87
04/09 HIR   3.0 11 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 1.35 1.35 7.43 0.83
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[4/15/2016] Kumamoto Earthquake

A 6.5 magnitude earthquake shook Kumamoto prefecture on the evening of April 14 (Thursday). Forty-nine people were killed and more than 800 were injured. There are currently about 22,000 evacuees.

Source: NHK 5/1/2016

Japan Red Cross, Kumamoto Prefecture, Association for Aid and Relief, JapanGlobalGiving, Peace Winds America

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HAN

[4/15/2016] Tigers add Kojiro Tanabo to seventy-man roster

The Hanshin Tigers announced that they added Ikusei player Kojiro Tanabo to their seventy-man roster. His uniform number will change from 116 to 97.

Source: Hanshin announcement

2016 Ni-gun Games

Date Opp Desc IP BF H HR BB HBP SO WP BK R ER ER BB/9 K/9 WHIP
03/17 CHU L 5.0 24 7 0 4 0 2 0 1 5 5 9.00 7.20 3.60 2.20
03/27 HIR   1.0 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 7.50 6.00 4.50 1.83
03/29 SOF   2.0 6 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 5.63 4.50 5.63 1.38
03/30 SOF   1.0 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5.00 4.00 5.00 1.44
04/06 HIR   1.0 5 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 5.40 3.60 5.40 1.50
04/10 CHU   1.1 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.76 3.18 4.76 1.50
04/13 SOF   1.0 6 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 5.11 2.92 5.11 1.62
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RAK

[4/14/2016] Louis Okoye sent down to Ni-gun

Louis Okoye was sent down to Ni-gun on April 14. Masataka Nashida told reporters he really wanted to keep the rookie around a little while longer, but was forced to send him down to Ni-gun because of the recent spate of injuries.

In eleven games, Okoye went 0-for-7 with one stolen base.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/14/2016, Sponichi 4/14/2016, Daily Sports 4/14/2016

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LOT

[4/14/2016] Ikuhiro Kiyota leaves after HBP

Ikuhiro Kiyota took an HBP off his left hand during his at bat in the sixth inning against Rakuten on April 14. He remained in the game and later came around to score, but was replaced by a pinch-hitter for his at bat in the seventh inning.

Source: Sanspo 4/14/2016

[UPDATE 4/16 @ 12:10am]

Kiyota was examined at a hospital in Sendai and diagnosed with a bruise on the fifth metacarpal on his left hand.

Source: Sanspo 4/15/2016

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ORI

[4/14/2016] Orix coaching staff wears white jeans for luck

According to a report at Daily Sports, outfield/base coach Manabu Satake suggested to the coaching staff wear white pants after the team lost its fifth straight game on April 12. The following day, all but two members of the coaching staff showed up to the stadium wearing white jeans and the losing streak ended.

The two members of the staff that did not show up wearing white jeans: manager Junichi Fukura showed up in his regular pants because he does not believe in doing anything for luck and head coach Norifumi Nishimura had to rush out and buy a pair of white jeans for the game on April 14 because he did not think the others were being serious.

Source: Daily Sports 4/14/2016

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[4/14/2016] Injury Updates: Ryota Yoshimochi and Ryuta Konno

Ryota Yoshimochi started feeling discomfort in his right hamstring during a Ni-gun game against Yokohama on March 31. He has not played in any games since. He no longer feels pain and believes he is ready to return to the line-up.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/14/2016

Ryuta Konno hurt his right knee in July 2015 and later had surgery in October. He tossed a bullpen session to a catcher for the first time in about nine months on April 14.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/14/2016

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ORI

[4/14/2016] Hiroyuki Nakajima leaves game after taking batted ball off left wrist

Hiroyuki Nakajima took a batted ball off the area near his left wrist while playing defense in the fourth inning against Nippon Ham at Kyocera Dome on April 14. He left the field for treatment and returned, but was later removed from the game as a precaution. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/14/2016

[UPDATE 4/15 @ 5:44am]

Nakajima was examined at a hospital in Osaka. He told reporters there was swelling, but most likely no abnormalities to the bones.

Source: Sanspo 4/22/2016

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[4/15/2016] Kazuhiro Hatakeyama will continue rehabbing back at Ni-gun

Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (back tightness) resumed batting practice indoors on April 13. He took thirty-two swings and hit one over the fence during outdoor batting practice on April 14. The Swallows are planning to take Hatakeyama off the active roster because they want to avoid rushing him back to the line-up.

Shinichi Takeuchi will most likely take Hatakeyama’s spot on the active roster.

Source: Sponichi 4/14/2016, Sponichi 4/14/2016

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HIR

[4/14/2016] Hector Luna sets new CL record for errors by third baseman

Hector Luna committed four errors tonight against his former team the Chunichi Dragons:

  • failed to catch a pop fly in foul territory in the first inning
  • misplayed grounders to third in the third and fourth innings
  • made a bad throw to first in the sixth inning

Luna tied the Central League record for most errors in a game by a third baseman in the fourth inning and set a new record in the sixth.

The Pacific League record of four was set by Shoji Hozan in 1951.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/14/2016, Daily Sports 4/14/2016

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hiroshima 21 13 7 1
Yomiuri 19 11 8 0
Hanshin 19 11 8 0
Yokohama 20 8 10 2
Yakult 19 7 12 0
Chunichi 20 6 11 3
G W L T
Rakuten 17 13 4 0
Seibu 17 11 6 0
Orix 17 11 6 0
Softbank 20 10 10 0
Lotte 19 6 13 0
Nippon Ham 20 4 16 0
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