[9/25/2016] Takahiro Arai pushes RBI total to 101

Takahiro Arai pushed his RBI total to 101 during Saturday’s game against the Yakult Swallows and became the fifth player in NPB history to record 100 RBI during the season they turned thirty-nine or older.

The other four players:

  1. Takeshi Yamasaki with 107 in 2009 at forty-one years and 108 in 2007 at thirty-nine years
  2. Hiromitsu Kadota with 125 in 1988 at forty years
  3. Tuffy Rhodes with 118 in 2008 at forty years
  4. Tomoaki Kanemoto with 108 in 2008 at forty years.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/25/2016


[9/25/2016] Hitoki Iwase not ready to retire

Forty-one-year-old Hitoki Iwase spoke to reporters about his plans for next season and said that he was keeping an open mind and no longer felt it made sense to worry so much about it. He also said he felt stronger as he slowly increased his workload.

Source: Daily Sports 9/25/2016


[9/25/2016] Daisuke Matsuzaka pitches two innings in Ni-gun game

Daisuke Matsuzaka started a Ni-gun game against Hanshin at Tama Home Stadium Chikugo earlier today. He pitched two innings and gave up two runs (one earned). He faced nine batters, struck out one, walked none, gave up three hits (all doubles in the first inning), and topped out at 145km/h.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/25/2016, Sponichi 9/25/2016


[9/25/2016] Shota Nakazaki taken off active roster

Shota Nakazaki started feeling some discomfort in the area near his right hip during warm-ups on September 23. He was taken off the active roster today because the Hiroshima Carp want him to focus on his recovery.

Source: Daily Sports 9/25/2016, Daily Sports 9/25/2016, Sports Hochi 9/25/2016, Nikkan Sports 9/25/2016

[UPDATE 9/27 @ 4:32pm]

Nakazaki was examined at a hospital in Hiroshima and diagnosed with inflammation in the paraspinal muscles on his right side.

Source: Daily Sports 9/27/2016, Daily Sports 9/27/2016


[9/25/2016] Nippon Ham Fighters reach two million in attendance

The Nippon Ham Fighters reached two million in attendance in their seventieth home game of the year. This was the first time they reached the milestone since their move to Hokkaido.



[9/25/2016] Schedule Changes

The following additions were made to the Central League schedule.

  • October 1 – Yakult Swallows vs Hiroshima Carp at Mazda Stadium – 18:00 (September 25 rain out)

Source: Hiroshima announcement


[9/24/2016] Chunichi Dragons top two million in attendance

The Chunichi Dragons topped two million in attendance in their seventieth home game of the season, one game faster than last year.



[9/24/2016] Kota Suda hurts left hamstring

Kota Suda left today’s game against the Yomiuri Giants at Yokohama Stadium after throwing one pitch to Shinnosuke Abe in the seventh inning.

Suda was called into the game in the seventh inning with a runner on first and two out. He walked the first batter he faced, Hayato Sakamoto, then tweaked his left hamstring while throwing the first pitch to the next batter, Abe.

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Suda appeared to be in too much pain to put weight on his left leg and had to be helped off the field.

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Suda is slated to go to a hospital in Yokohama on September 26. He could end up missing the rest of the season.

Source: Daily Sports 9/24/2016, Nikkan Sports 9/24/2016, Sponichi 9/24/2016

[UPDATE 9/26 @ 3:12pm]

Suda was taken off the active roster on September 25. He will be examined at a hospital on September 26.

Source: Daily Sports 9/26/2016

[UPDATE 9/27 @ 6:29pm]

The Bay Stars announced today that Suda was diagnosed with a strain in his left hamstring.

Source: Daily Sports 9/27/2016


[9/24/2016] Yuji Kaneko hurts right groin

Yuji Kaneko did not play in tonight’s game against the Softbank Hawks at Seibu Prince Dome because he hurt his right groin while running the bases on September 23. He will be examined by a doctor on September 26. The Seibu Lions will wait a few days before they decide on his status.

Source: Sponichi 9/24/2016

[UPDATE 9/27 @ 6:35pm]

Kaneko was taken off the active roster today with pain in the back of his right knee.

Source: Daily Sports 9/27/2016, Nikkan Sports 9/27/2016

[UPDATE 9/28 @ 1:29pm]

Many of the reports yesterday did not mention any issues with his right groin, but Sponichi does include right groin in their report this morning. The Lions gave Kaneko a couple of days, but decided to take him off the active roster because he was still having problems walking.

Source: Sponichi 9/28/2016


[9/24/2016] Takahiro Imanami’s right knee problems

Takahiro Imanami has had problems with his right knee. It started bothering him to the point where it was affecting his performance and causing pain every time he climbed up and down stairs. He is considering off-season surgery as an option.

Source: Sponichi 9/24/2016

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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