[4/13/2016] There’s no place like home for Yamada

Tetsuto Yamada loves hitting at home.

Year Season Jingu Stadium Other Stadiums
2012 .250/.327/.364 .368/.455/.474 .160/.222/.280
2013 .283/.354/.357 .295/.378/.365 .273/.333/.351
2014 .324/.403/.539 .357/.453/.628 .297/.360/.467
2015 .329/.416/.610 .373/.470/.738 .292/.371/.505
2016 .351/.464/.649 .423/.559/.654 .290/.371/.645

[4/13/2016] Fujinami improves to 3-0 and records first career triple

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 4/13/2016


[4/13/2015] Yomiuri Giants to sign Manuel Soliman to an Ikusei contract

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.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/13/2016, Sports Hochi 4/13/2016

[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 4/13/2016



[4/13/2016] Daisuke Matsuzaka could pitch in rehab game this week

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 4/13/2016


[4/12/2016] Orix sets new homerless record

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 4/12/2016


[4/12/2016] The Walking Yanagita

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.

Source: Sponichi 4/12/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/12/2016


[4/12/2016] Jake Brigham could make Ichi-gun debut on April 14

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 4/12/2016


[4/12/2016] Hatakeyama scratched from starting line-up with back pain

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 4/12/2016


[4/12/2016] Shohei Otani could get a chance to bat for himself when he pitches

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..

Date Slot Hitting Pitching Score Opponent Venue
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.

Date Team Slot Player Name AB H RBI Score Opponent Venue
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

Source: Sanspo 4/12/2016, Sponichi 4/12/2016, Sponichi 4/12/2016, Sports Hochi 4/12/2016, Daily Sports 4/12/2016


[4/12/2016] Buffaloes to call up two of five pitchers in Ni-gun rotation

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 4/12/2016

NPB Standings [Full]
Hanshin 43 26 17 0
Hiroshima 46 26 19 1
Yomiuri 44 23 21 0
Yokohama 45 20 23 2
Yakult 44 19 25 0
Chunichi 46 17 26 3
Rakuten 39 28 11 0
Softbank 46 28 18 0
Seibu 42 24 17 1
Nippon Ham 43 18 25 0
Orix 43 18 25 0
Lotte 45 12 32 1
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