[4/23/2016] Sky Screen coming to YafuOku Dome

The Softbank Hawks announced that they will be unveiling a hanging big-screen on May 6, the first of its kind for a baseball stadium in Japan.

The hanging screen will be 31.2 meters wide and six meters tall. It will be located above a secondary scoreboard behind home plate. The screen will primarily be for fans fans sitting in the outfield seats.

Source: Softbank announcement


[4/23/2016] Takayuki Kajitani nearing return

Takayuki Kajitani could make it back to the active roster for the start of the Yakult series at Yokohama that begins on May 3. Kajitani hurt his left side when he crashed into a fence during fielding practice in February. He no longer feels pain and is slated to play in his first rehab game at Ni-gun on April 26.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/23/2016


[4/23/2016] Tsuyoshi Ueda suffers pinky toe avulsion fracture

Tsuyoshi Ueda was taken off the active roster today. He took a pitch off his right foot when he entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning against Chunichi on April 22. He was examined at a hospital in Nagoya and diagnosed with an avulsion fracture in his right pinky toe. There is no timetable on his recovery.

Source: Sponichi 4/23/2016


[4/22/2016] Tomoyuki Sugano leaves game early with popped blister

Tomoyuki Sugano left the Yokohama game at Tokyo Dome early with a popped blister.

Source: Daily Sports 4/23/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/23/2016

[UPDATE @ 4:05pm]

Sugano had a blister on his right middle finger that popped in the second inning. He managed to keep pitching because he drained it in between innings. The finger started getting numb in the sixth inning. He gave pitching coach Kiyoshi Toyoda a full update about the blister after the seventh inning.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/23/2016


[4/22/2016] Takeya Nakamura has bruised right wrist

Takeya Nakamura did not play in the Rakuten game on April 22 after he took a pitch off his right wrist on April 21. He visited a hospital in Tokyo before the game and was diagnosed with a bruise on his right wrist. He did some light workouts at Seibu Prince Dome after his hospital visit.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/22/2016, Sanspo 4/22/2016


65th Japan National Collegiate Baseball Championship Preliminary Brackets

Gm Date Time Venue First Base Third Base
1 06/06 09:00 Jingu 東海地区大学野球連盟
Tokai University Baseball League
Kyushu University Baseball League (North)
2 06/06 11:30 Jingu 関西六大学野球連盟
Kansai6 Baseball League
North Tohoku Universities Baseball League
3 06/06 14:00 Jingu 広島六大学野球連盟
Hiroshima Big-Six6 Universities Baseball League
Kyushu Big6 Baseball League
4 06/07 09:00 Jingu 近畿学生野球連盟
Kinki University Students Baseball League
Baseball Association in Aichi
5 06/07 11:30 Jingu 阪神大学野球連盟
Hanshin Baseball League
Keiji University Baseball League
6 06/06 09:00 Tokyo 九州地区大学野球連盟南部
Kyushu University Baseball League (South)
Chiba University Baseball League
7 06/06 11:30 Tokyo 南東北大学野球連盟
Minami Tohoku University Baseball League
Kansai Big6 Baseball League
8 06/06 14:00 Tokyo 札幌学生野球連盟
Sapporo Gakusei League
Chugokuchiku University Baseball League
9 06/06 16:30 Tokyo 北陸大学野球連盟
Hokuriku Universities Baseball League
Shikoku Universities Baseball League
10 06/07 09:00 Tokyo 北海道学生野球連盟
Hokkaido Universities Baseball League
Sendai Big 6 Baseball League
11 06/07 11:30 Tokyo 首都大学野球連盟
Tokyo Metropolitan Area University Baseball League
Fukuoka Big6 Baseball League
12 06/07 14:00 Jingu 神奈川大学野球連盟
Kanagawa University Baseball League
Game 1
13 06/08 09:00 Jingu Game 2 東都大学野球連盟
Tohto University Baseball League
14 06/08 11:30 Jingu Game 3 Game 4
15 06/08 14:00 Jingu Game 5 東京六大学野球連盟
Tokyo Big6 Baseball League
16 06/07 14:00 Tokyo 東京新大学野球連盟
New Tokyo University Baseball League
Game 6
17 06/08 09:00 Tokyo Game 7 Game 8
18 06/08 11:30 Tokyo 関甲新大学野球連盟
Kankoshin Student Baseball Federation
Game 9
19 06/08 14:00 Tokyo Game 10 Game 11
20 06/09 09:00 Jingu Game 12 Game 13
21 06/09 11:30 Jingu Game 14 Game 15
22 06/09 14:00 Jingu Game 16 Game 17
23 06/09 16:30 Jingu Game 18 Game 19
  06/10 Alternate/Day Off
24 06/11 11:30 Jingu Game 20 Game 21
25 06/11 14:00 Jingu Game 22 Game 23
26 06/12 13:00 Jingu Game 24 Game 25

[4/22/2016] Samurai Japan: College Coaching Staff

Samurai Japan released the college coaching staff for the Japan-USA University Baseball Championship Series in July.

  • Hideyuki Suzuki (Kansai Kokusai University)
  • Yuichi Furukawa (Kanagawa University)
  • Hisanori Aoki (Hosei University)

Hitoki Yokoi (Tokai University) was announced as manager in February.

Source: Samurai Japan announcement


[4/22/2016] Jonny Gomes taken off active roster for a tune-up

Jonny Gomes was taken off the active roster today because of his performance at the plate. Masataka Nashida told reporters he felt Gomes was pressing and that it was affecting his swing (he was trying to hit everything hard and was starting to rely only on his upper body).

Source: Sponichi 4/22/2016


[4/22/2016] Kazuya Fujita begins fielding and hitting practice

Kazuya Fujita took fielding and hitting practice on April 21 for the first time since his injury. He is hoping to make it back to the active roster in May. He is at about twenty percent.

Fujita took about ten grounders at second. For indoor hitting practice, he hit off a tee and against a pitcher throwing slow pitches.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/22/2016


[4/22/2016] Kyuji Fujikawa to make next start at Ni-gun

Kyuji Fujikawa will get a tune-up start at Ni-gun on April 24 against Softbank at Chikugo. If he is effective, he could get an Ichi-gun start during a three-game series against Yokohama at Koshien that begins on April 29.

Source: Daily Sports 4/22/2016

NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 67 41 25 1
Hanshin 64 37 27 0
Yokohama 66 31 33 2
Yomiuri 65 29 36 0
Chunichi 67 28 36 3
Yakult 65 25 39 1
Rakuten 60 40 20 0
Softbank 67 42 25 0
Seibu 63 35 26 2
Orix 64 29 35 0
Nippon Ham 64 27 37 0
Lotte 66 20 45 1
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