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.
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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
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 8/25/20160 Comments
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.0 Comments
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).0 Comments
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.0 Comments
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 8/25/20160 Comments
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, 2002.0 Comments