[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


[8/25/2016] Takahiro Arai reaches another milestone: 1,000 runs scored

Takahiro Arai crossed the plate for the 1,000th time in his career during Thursday’s game against the Yomiuri Giants at Tokyo Dome. The milestone came in the sixth inning when he reached first on a ground out to third, advanced to second on a wild pitch, then scored on a single to center by Seiya Suzuki.

Arai is the forty-first player to record 1,000 runs scored. At thirty-nine years and six months, he is the sixth oldest player to reach the milestone. He scored his 1,000th run in his 2,197th game. Only Yasunori Oshima needed more games (2,347).

Source: Daily Sports 8/25/2016


[8/25/2016] Luis Mendoza tosses two shutout innings in Ni-gun start

Luis Mendoza (neck) started a Ni-gun game against Yokohama at Kamagaya on August 25. He tossed two shutout innings, threw eighteen pitches, topped out at 141km/h, and allowed one hit. He told reporters he felt great and was able to throw all his pitches for strikes.

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


[8/25/2016] Daisuke Matsuzaka tosses an inning in Ni-gun rehab game

Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched in a Ni-gun game against Hiroshima at Tama Home Stadium Chikugo on August 25. It was his first game since May 14.

Matsuzaka entered the game in the sixth inning and retired the side in order (Shohei Habu F8, Tatsuki Kuwahara G5, Yuta Shirahama F8). He threw eleven pitches and topped out at 144km/h. After his outing, he headed to the bullpen and threw about twenty extra pitches (all fastballs).

Source: Sports Hochi 8/25/2016, Tokyo Sports 8/25/2016, ZakZak 8/25/2016, Sponichi 8/25/2016, Nikkan Sports 8/25/2016


[8/25/2016] Takuya Furuya to miss three months with thumb fracture

Daikan Yoh hit a ball that struck Takuya Furuya left hand in the third inning of Thursday night’s game between the Nippon Ham Fighters and Chiba Lotte Marines at QVC Marine. Furuya attempted to get the out at first, but he made a bad throw and the ball rolled out to foul territory. Yoh kept running and made it to third.

Furuya was removed from the game after the play and taken to a hospital in Narashino, Chiba for tests. He was diagnosed with a fracture in the first metacarpal (thumb) on his left hand and will most likely require about three months for a full recovery.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/25/2016, Sports Hochi 8/25/2016


[8/25/2016] Atsushi Nomi taken off active roster

Atsushi Nomi was taken off the active roster on August 24 because the Hanshin Tigers wanted an extra bat and only play five games next week.

Outfielder Kohei Shibata was called up to take Nomi’s spot on the active roster. Shibata was 48-for-179 with a slash line of .268/.327/.313 in seventy-three Ni-gun games this year.

Source: Sanspo 8/25/2016


[8/26/2016] Randy Messenger notches the first modasho of his career

Randy Messenger collected three hits on Thursday night against the Yokohama Bay Stars at Yokohama Stadium. It was the first modasho of his NPB career. Messenger is the first Hanshin pitcher to record a modasho since Shinobu Fukuhara on August 19, 2006 and the first foreign Hanshin pitcher since Trey Moore on August 14, 2002.

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

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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