RAK

[4/15/2016] Toshiaki Imae taken off active roster with bone contusion

Toshiaki Imae took a pitch off his left arm against Lotte on April 13. He was examined at a hospital in Tokyo and diagnosed with a contusion on his left ulna bone. He will need to rest the arm for about three weeks.

Source: Daily Sports 4/15/2016

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CHU

[4/15/2016] Yudai Ono taken off active roster with elbow discomfort

Yudai Ono was scratched from his start against Hanshin today and taken off the active roster due to pain/discomfort in his left elbow. He joined the Ni-gun team at Nagoya Stadium for basic workouts, like running and fielding practice (no throwing).

Source: Sports Hochi 4/15/2016, Tokyo Sports 4/15/2016, Jiji Press 4/16/2016

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SEI

[4/15/2016] Kikuchi’s next couple of starts could come on five days of rest

Yusei Kikuchi’s next couple of starts after today could come on five days of rest.

  • April 21 against Nippon Ham
  • April 27 against Lotte

Source: Daily Sports 4/15/2016

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ORI

[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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RAK

[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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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hiroshima 24 15 8 1
Hanshin 21 12 9 0
Yomiuri 22 12 10 0
Yokohama 22 9 11 2
Chunichi 23 8 12 3
Yakult 22 8 14 0
G W L T
Rakuten 19 15 4 0
Orix 20 14 6 0
Seibu 20 11 9 0
Softbank 23 12 11 0
Lotte 21 6 15 0
Nippon Ham 23 5 18 0
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