[6/8/2016] Summer Koshien: Semifinals to start an hour earlier

The Japan High School Baseball Federation announced today that the Semifinals for the 98th Summer Koshien will take place an hour earlier than usual. Game 1 will begin at 10:00 and Game 2 at 12:30.

The games were pushed up an hour to give players more time to rest before the Finals on the following day. The new games times will most likely stay the same for future tournaments.

Source: Sponichi 6/8/2016, Mainichi 6/8/2016

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[6/8/2016] Sky Perfect Sayonara Award for May

Central League

Hayato Sakamoto, Yomiuri (Second Time)

May 13 against Yakult at Tokyo Dome. Down 2-1 in the bottom of the twelfth. Runners on first and second and two out. Sakamoto hit a come-from-behind walk-off double to left. Tomoyuki Sugano held on a to 1-0 lead until he allowed the game-tying run to score in the ninth inning. The Swallows then took a 2-1 lead in the twelfth on a fielder’s choice. Yakult was one out away from taking the game when Sakamoto recorded the ninth walk-off of his career, first since August 20, 2015.

Pacific League

Tadahito Iguchi, Lotte (First Time)

May 14 against Rakuten at QVC Marine Field. Tied at twelve in the bottom of the tenth inning. Runners on second and third and two out. Iguchi hit a walk-off single to left. The Marines took an early lead with a four run first inning, but quickly gave it away in the top of the second. The Eagles added two in the top of the third to take a 6-4 lead. They kept the lead and added six more runs. Lotte kept things close with runs of their own and managed to tie the game at twelve with a three run sixth. Iguchi recorded the eleventh walk-off of his career. At forty-one years of age, he also became the oldest player in franchise history to record a walk-off.

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[6/8/2016] Taisei Makihara leaves game with cramps in both legs

Taisei Makihara hit a double in the sixth inning against Yokohama at YafuOku Dome on June 7. He was replaced by a pinch-runner because he developed cramps in both his legs as he rounded first base. He told reporters after the game that he was fine.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/7/2016

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[6/8/2016] Marcos Mateo tosses bullpen session

Marcos Mateo (right shoulder) resumed bullpen sessions on June 7 and threw for about fifteen minutes. He is currently slated to pitch in a Ni-gun rehab game on June 11 against Yomiuri.

Source: Sponichi 6/8/2016

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[6/8/2016] Kochi City Vice Mayor visits the Orix Buffaloes

Kochi City Vice Mayor Akira Yoshioka visited the Orix Buffaloes on June 7 to present with local goods from the city and to thank them for using their facilities for fall camp. He also informed the team that the city was spending about sixteen billion yen on a new indoor practice facility that will be completed in August next year. Kochi City is hoping the Buffaloes will continue to use their facilities for fall camp after this year.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/7/2016, Daily Sports 6/7/2016

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[6/7/2016] Felipe Paulino could make Ichi-gun debut against Yakult

Felipe Paulino joined the Ichi-gun team for practices earlier today. He is slated to start and throw ninety pitches a Ni-gun game on June 12 against Nippon Ham at Kamagaya. Assuming no bumps along the way, he could make his Ichi-gun debut with a start on June 19 against Yakult at Jingu Stadium.

Source: Sponichi 6/7/2016

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[6/7/2016] Japan National Collegiate Baseball Championship: Day 2

June 7 (Tuesday)

Jingu Stadium

Game 1 – 9:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
奈良学園大
Nara Gakuen University
1 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 5
中京大
Chukyo University
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

Attendance: 1500 | official box score

Keisuke Suzuki (Nara Gakuen), 9.0 IP, 136 NP, 32 BF, 3 H, 10 SO, 1 R, 0 ER, 145km/h.

Game 2 – 11:30

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R
花園大
Hanazono University
3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 7
関西国際大
Kansai Kokusai University
0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 4x 8

Attendance: 1000 | official box score

Teppei Ueda (Kansai Kokusai), started at first and batted third, 4-for-5 with a triple and three RBI.

Game 3 – 14:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
中京学院大
Chukyo Gakuin University
0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 3
桐蔭横浜大
Toin Yokohama University
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2

Attendance: 2000 | official box score

Naoki Yoshikawa (Chukyo Gakuin), started at short and batted third, 4-for-5 (Ks, 1B8, 1B8, 1B7, 1B8) with two stolen bases. He also committed a throwing error in the fourth inning.
Takumi Takahashi (Toin Yokohama), 6.1 IP, 125 NP, 30 BF, 9 H, 8 SO, 2 BB/HBP, 3 ER.

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Tokyo Dome

Game 1 – 9:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
東北福祉大
Tohoku Fukushi University
0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 2 5
東京農業大北海道
Tokyo Nogyo University Hokkaido
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Attendance: 2000 | official box score

Yusuke Asanuma (Tohoku Fukushi), started in right and batted fifth, 2-for-3 with three RBI and a two-run home run in the ninth inning.
Kenya Nagasaka (Tohoku Fukushi), starting catcher and batted seventh, 1-for-3 with an RBI and a solo home run in the seventh.

Game 2 – 11:30

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
日本体育大
Nippon Taiiku University
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
九州産業大
Kyushu Sangyo University
0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 x 1

Attendance: 3000 | official box score

Wataru Matsumoto (Nippon Taiiku), 8.0 IP, 114 NP, 29 BF, 5 H, 10 SO, 1 ER (1 HR).
Ryota Kusaba (Kyushu Sangyo), 6.2 IP, 100 NP, 24 BF, 2 H, 2 SO, 0 ER.

Game 3 – 14:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
共栄大
Kyoei University
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
中央学院大
Chuo Gakuin University
0 0 3 1 0 1 0 1 x 6

Attendance: 2500 | official box score

Isamu Usui (Chuo Gakiun), 9.0 IP, 135 NP, 31 BF, 5 H, 9 SO, 1 ER.

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[6/7/2016] 2020 NPB schedule, collision rule explanations

The NPB continued deliberations about the Olympics and the 2020 NPB schedule during an executive committee meeting on June 6. The league is considering either suspending the season for about a week or during the entire event. They are also considering other changes to the schedule, like starting the season earlier, or shortening the time in between the Climax Series and the Nippon Series. The NPB is hoping to finalize their plans during their next meeting on July 4. If things go smoothly, the plan could be approved during an owner meeting on July 11.

Source: Daily Sports 6/7/2016

The NPB also discussed the current state of the new collision rules at home plate and decided to require umpiring crews to provide fans (and teams) with an explanation of their decision when they turn to instant replays.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/7/2016, Daily Sports 6/7/2016

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[6/7/2016] Softbank Hawks talking extension with Rick van den Hurk

According to a report by Daily Sports, the Softbank Hawks are in the process of talking to Rick van den Hurk about a contract extension. He is in the final year of a two-year deal and will become a free agent after the season. The Hawks will most likely prepare a multi-year deal to keep him in Fukuoka.

Source: Daily Sports 6/7/2016

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[6/7/2016] Jumpei Takahashi tosses three shutout innings in Ni-gun game

Jumpei Takahashi pitched in a Ni-gun game against Chunichi at YafuOku Dome earlier today. He entered he game in the fourth inning and tossed three shutout innings. He did not allow a hit, walked one, struck out three, and topped out at 146km/h. He was credited with his first career Ni-gun victory.

Source: Sponichi 6/7/2016, Nikkan Sports 6/7/2016

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hiroshima 137 84 49 4
Hanshin 133 72 58 3
Yokohama 133 66 63 4
Yomiuri 134 67 64 3
Chunichi 134 57 72 5
Yakult 135 44 89 2
G W L T
Softbank 134 90 44 0
Seibu 135 75 57 3
Rakuten 128 70 56 2
Orix 131 61 69 1
Nippon Ham 131 51 80 0
Lotte 133 48 84 1
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