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[5/8/2016] Tsuyoshi Nishioka takes batting practice at Naruohama

Tsuyoshi Nishioka (left hamstring) took batting practice against Naoto Tsuru at the Naruohama facilities on May 7. He swung the bat twenty-three times and recorded eight could-be hits. He still appears to be favoring his leg when running.

Source: Sanspo 5/8/2016

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HIR

[5/8/2016] Hiroki Kuroda taken off active roster

Hiroki Kuroda was taken off the active roster today with a cervical radiculopathy (pinched nerve in the neck, he developed the condition when he was hit in the head by a line drive off Rusty Ryal’s bat in 2009) and pain in his right shoulder. The problem in his neck made him overcompensate and messed with his mechanics, which led to pain in his shoulder. There is a chance he might be able to return in the minimum ten days.

Source: Sponichi 5/8/2016, Nikkan Sports 5/8/2016

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[5/7/2016] Mamoru Kishida out with shoulder pain

Mamoru Kishida was taken off the active roster on May 7 with pain in his right shoulder. He will be examined at a hospital some time next week.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/7/2016

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CHU

[5/7/2016] Dayan Viciedo jacks two in one inning

Dayan Viciedo blasted two home runs in the second inning against the Yomiuri Giants at Tokyo Dome earlier today — he led off the inning with a solo home run to left and eight hitters later, deposited the first pitch he saw into the seats in right for a three-run home run.

He is the nineteenth hitter in NPB history (tenth in Central League history) to hit two home runs in the same inning, first since Craig Brazell on August 26, 2009. Only one other player in franchise history has accomplished the feat: Yasunori Oshima on August 2, 1972 and August 9, 1977.

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

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[5/7/2016] Shinsaburo Tawata picks up second Ni-gun victory

Shinsaburo Tawata started a Ni-gun game against Yokohama on May 6 and allowed a run on five hits and a walk over seven innings of work. He faced twenty-seven hitters, threw 105 pitches, struck out nine, and topped out at 148km/h.

Source: Sponichi 5/7/2016

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[5/7/2016] Luis Cruz could play in rehab game next week

Luis Cruz (left ankle) could play in his first rehab game some time next week. He might be able to make the Yakult series at Tokyo Dome that begins on May 13, depending on his progress.

Source: Sponichi 5/7/2016

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[5/7/2016] Jun Hasegawa made debut on May 6

Jun Hasegawa started Yomiuri’s game against Chunichi at Tokyo Dome on May 6. He became the sixth rookie pitcher selected during an Ikusei Draft to pitch in an Ichi-gun game, first since Kohei Mantani in 2014. He also became the first rookie pitcher selected during an Ikusei Draft to make his debut at Ichi-gun as a starter.

Source: Sponichi 5/7/2016

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[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

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[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

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CHU

[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

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hiroshima 93 59 32 2
Hanshin 89 48 41 0
Yokohama 91 47 41 3
Yomiuri 91 42 48 1
Chunichi 94 39 52 3
Yakult 92 32 58 2
G W L T
Rakuten 84 56 27 1
Softbank 91 59 32 0
Seibu 89 50 37 2
Orix 89 39 49 1
Nippon Ham 90 33 57 0
Lotte 89 29 59 1
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