Tetsuto Yamada loves hitting at home.
|Year||Season||Jingu Stadium||Other Stadiums|
Shintaro Fujinami improved to 3-0 in three starts this season on April 12. He is the first Hanshin pitcher to win their first three games of the season since Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi went 4-0 in four starts and Scott Atchison went 3-0 in three games in 2008.
Fujinami also recorded his first career triple on April 12. He is the first Hanshin pitcher to hit a triple since Minoru Iwata on May 5, 2015 and the first right-handed hitting Hanshin pitcher to hit a triple since Keiichi Yabu on May 18, 1999.
Source: Sponichi 4/13/20160 Comments
According to a number of media reports, the Yomiuri Giants are close to signing twenty-six-year-old pitcher Manuel Soliman to what may be an Ikusei contract. They are also looking into twenty-one-year-old pitcher Samuel Adames. The Giants see both as players that might be able to help the team in the future. They currently have eight foreign players on the seventy-man roster with one under an Ikusei contract.
Yomiuri sent a scout to the Dominican Republic during the off-season to check on talent. They held a tryout in March to narrow down their options.
[UPDATE @ 4:40pm]
The Giants announced that they will sign Soliman to an Ikusei contract. He is expected to arrive in Japan before the end of the month.
Source: Sponichi 4/13/2016
[UPDATE @ 6:50pm]
Soliman’s contract is worth an estimated three million yen.
Source: Chunichi Sports 4/13/20160 Comments
Daisuke Matsuzaka threw about seventy pitches in the bullpen at the Chikugo facilities on April 12. His workouts have gone smoothly, other than missing practices on April 7 with hay fever. He could pitch in a rehab game at Ni-gun some time this week.
Source: Nikkan Sports 4/13/20160 Comments
The Orix Buffaloes extended their homerless streak to thirteen games from the start of the season and set a new NPB record for teams since 1950. They entered the day tied with Daiei (1953).
The NPB record prior to 1950 was twenty-eight games, set by Dai Tokyo in Fall 1936. The franchise record prior to 1950 was twenty-one games, set by Hankyu in 1946.
Source: Sponichi 4/12/20160 Comments
Yuki Yanagita walked in his fourteenth straight game tonight and tied Hiromitsu Ochiai (1986) for second on the Pacific League’s all-time list. Teruo Tabe set the PL record of fifteen in 1951.0 Comments
Jake Brigham started spring camp at Ichi-gun, but pain in his left side slowed him down. He was assigned to Ni-gun at the start of the season and went 1-0 with a 1.72 ERA in three starts. He joined the Ichi-gun team for practices today for the first time this season. He could get the start against Lotte on April 14.
Source: Nikkan Sports 4/12/20160 Comments
Kazuhiro Hatakeyama felt discomfort in his back during pre-game practices today. He was scratched from the starting line-up as a precaution.
Source: Daily Sports 4/12/20160 Comments
Hideki Kuriyama is thinking about letting Shohei Otani bat for himself when he pitches. Injuries to Dai-Kang Yoh and Kenshi Sugiya could force the decision, especially if the offense continues to sputter when he pitches. But there are concerns about losing the designated hitter from the start of the game. Otani has batted for himself in five games in the past, but only where there was no DH..
|2013/06/18||Fifth||1-for-3, 1 BB, 1 RBI||ND, 4.0 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 4 SO, 3 ER||7-4, W||Hiroshima||Mazda|
|2014/05/20||Seventh||0-for-3||ND, 5.0+, 5 H, 2 BB, 3 SO, 5 ER||7-5, W||Chunichi||Sapporo Dome|
|2014/06/04||Seventh||1-for-2, 1 SO||W, 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 10 SO, 1 ER||6-2, W||Hiroshima||Sapporo Dome|
|2014/06/11||Seventh||0-for-2, 1 SO||ND, 6.1 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 6 SO, 1 ER||2-1, L||Yomiuri||Sapporo Dome|
|2015/06/06||Seventh||0-for-3, 3 SO||L, 7.0 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 11 SO, 1 ER||1-0, L||Hanshin||Koshien|
Note: in 2014, the DH-rule applied to games in the Central League during Inter-league play.
Since the Pacific League added the DH-rule in 1975, there have been four games where pitchers batted for themselves.
|1987/10/20||Seibu||Ninth||Matsunuma, Hirohisa||0||0||0||7-4, W||Lotte||Seibu|
|1990/10/11||Seibu||Ninth||Kudo, Kimiyasu||0||0||0||10-4, W||Kintetsu||Seibu|
|1992/10/10||Seibu||Ninth||Watanabe, Hisanobu||1||1||0||1-0, W||Nippon Ham||Seibu|
|1998/10/10||Seibu||Ninth||Nishiguchi, Fumiya||2||0||0||2-4, L||Lotte||Seibu Dome|
The Ni-gun Buffaloes have gone with a starting rotation of Kazumasa Yoshida, Sachiya Yamasaki, Koki Saito, Yu Suzuki, and Daiki Aoyama so far this season. The Ichi-gun Buffaloes are planning to call up Yoshida and Yamasaki. They want Yoshida to help bolster the bullpen and Yamasaki for a start against Nippon Ham at Kyocera Dome on April 14.
The Ni-gun team, just like the Ichi-gun team, has been struggling (4-13-1). They will have to overcome a six-game stretch that begins today without two starters.
Source: Sports Hochi 4/12/20160 Comments