[5/7/2016] Hanshin ties franchise record with three shutouts in a row

The Hanshin Tigers tied a franchise record with its third straight shutout victory on May 6.

  • 9-0 against Chunichi on May 4
  • 1-0 against Chunichi on May 5
  • 2-0 against Yakult on May 6

It was the first time the Tigers recorded three consecutive shutout victories since 1970 (1-0 against Hiroshima on October 5, 3-0 against Taiyo on October 6, 1-0 against Taiyo on October 7).

The Chunichi Dragons (2010) and Nippon Ham Fighters (2011) hold the NPB record with five.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/7/2016, Sponichi 5/7/2016


[5/7/2016] Utsumi could get a start on May 11 against Hanshin

The Giants are planning to make a couple of changes to their starting rotation.

  • Tomoyuki Sugano will make his next start on seven days of rest on May 13 against Yakult
  • Tetsuya Utsumi will be called up for a start on May 11 against Hanshin

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/7/2016


[5/7/2016] Drew Naylor leaves game with elbow pain

Drew Naylor left his start against the Yomiuri Giants today after he struck out lead-off Hisayoshi Chono in the first inning. He complained of pain near his right elbow.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/7/2016

[UPDATE 5/8 @ 5:24pm]

Naylor started feeling discomfort in his elbow during his pre-game warm-ups in the bullpen. He spoke to Motonobu Tanishige and they agreed he would face one hitter.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/8/2016


[5/6/2016] Posting System automatically extends another year

The Posting System Agreement was set to end on October 31, 2016. The NPB and MLB had until May 5 to give notice of intention to modify or terminate the agreement. Since neither happened, the agreement will automatically extend another year (according to the terms, the agreement will continue as long as notices of intention to modify or terminate are not filed).

Source: Sponichi 5/6/2016, Nikkan Sports 5/6/2016


[5/6/2016] Yudai Ono tosses a bullpen session

Yudai Ono (left elbow) tossed a bullpen session at Nagoya Stadium today. He threw about seventy pitches to a standing catcher. If there are no setbacks, he could toss some batting practice next week. His goal is to try and make it back to the active roster before the end of the month.

Source: Sanspo 5/6/2016


[5/6/2016] Hector Luna could play in rehab game next week

Hector Luna (right hamstring) resumed worked with cleats at the Ono training facilities on May 6. His day included running dashes and batting practices. He told reporters his leg felt great and that he was at ninety to ninety-five percent. He could play in his first rehab game at Ni-gun some time next week.

Source: Daily Sports 5/6/2016


[5/6/2016] Seibu Lions promote Shinji Mori to Ichi-gun coaching staff

The Seibu Lions announced a couple of coaching staff changes today.

  • Shinji Mori – Ni-gun pitching coach/Ikusei coach > Ichi-gun pitching coach
  • Chikara Onodera – Ni-gun farm secretary (manager) > Ni-gun pitching coach/Ikusei coach, assigned uniform number 81

Source: Seibu announcement


[5/6/2016] Rakuten Eagles to part ways with Jonny Gomes

The Rakuten Eagles announced today that they received and accepted a request to be released from Jonny Gomes. The Eagles filed paperwork to place Gomes on waivers.

The following comment from Gomes was also posted:

To all Eagles’ fans

I wanted to express how lucky I felt for the chance to play in front of the best fans. The energy and passion I felt from everyone at the ballpark gave me strength and provided a positive playing environment. Even though my season ended quickly, I am very grateful. I hope our paths will cross again in the future. Thank you very much.

Source: Rakuten announcement

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[5/5/2016] Shogo Nakamura fine after getting hit in head

Shogo Nakamura was hit by a pitch in the head during his at bat in the seventh inning (attempting to bunt, left side of the head) against the Rakuten Eagles earlier today. He remained in the game and finished the day with four hits: single to left, walk and a stolen base, single to right, HBP, single to left and a stolen base, and home run to left.

Nakamura was taken to a hospital in Sendai after the game for tests. No abnormalities were discovered. He was diagnosed with a bruise on the left side of his head.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/5/2016


[5/5/2016] Ryosuke Oguma pulled after taking ball off wrist

Ryosuke Oguma was pulled from his start against the Hanshin Tigers at Nagoya Dome after he took a batted ball off his right wrist while pitching to Fumihito Haraguchi in the fourth inning.

The ball Haraguchi hit appeared to be headed for Oguma’s head. The pitcher took cover by raising both arms toward his face.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/5/2016, Sponichi 5/5/2016

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NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 89 56 31 2
Hanshin 85 46 39 0
Yokohama 88 45 40 3
Yomiuri 88 41 46 1
Chunichi 90 39 48 3
Yakult 88 29 57 2
Rakuten 81 55 25 1
Softbank 89 58 31 0
Seibu 85 46 37 2
Orix 85 38 46 1
Nippon Ham 88 32 56 0
Lotte 86 28 57 1
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