[9/4/2016] Tsutomu Ito will most likely return in 2017

Chiba Lotte Marines’ president Shinya Yamamuro is planning to offer Tsutomu Ito an extension for the 2017 season, but he will first have to get approval from acting owner Akio Shigemitsu. One of the requirements for an extension is a third place or better finish. Lotte is currently eight games in front of fourth place team Rakuten. If they finish in third, it will be the first time in thirty-one years the organization recorded third place or better finishes in two consecutive seasons (third place in 2015).

Ito finished a three-year contract last year and signed a one-year deal for the 2016 season.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/4/2016, Daily Sports 9/4/2016Sports Hochi 9/4/2016, Sponichi 9/4/2016


[9/4/2016] Yoshitomo Tsutsugo left out of the starting line-up

Yoshitomo Tsutsugo fouled a pitch off his right foot during his at bat in the sixth inning of Saturday’s game against the Hanshin Tigers at Koshien Stadium. He did not take batting practice before today’s game and was left out of the starting line-up because there was still some pain in his foot.

Source: Sponichi 9/4/2016


[9/4/2016] U18 Baseball Championship: Chinese Taipei 0 – Japan 1

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chinese Taipei 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Japan 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 X 1 5 2



[9/4/2016] Kohei Arihara taken off active roster

Kohei Arihara was taken off the active roster on September 3 because he is not scheduled to get another start for at least ten days. Including today, the Nippon Ham Fighters are slated to play seven games in the next ten days and no more than three games in a row. In fact, they will not play more than three games in a row until an eight game stretch to close out the end of the season (from September 21 until September 28).

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/4/2016


[9/3/2016] Brad Eldred takes pitch off left hand

Brad Eldred was removed from Saturday’s game against the Yakult Swallows after he took a pitch off his left hand during his at in the ninth inning. He left the field for treatment and was replaced by a pinch-runner. The media later learned there was some bleeding from the nail on his left pinky. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Daily Sports 9/3/2016


[9/3/2016] Toru Hosokawa hurts leg while stealing second

Toru Hosokawa stole second during Saturday’s game against the Rakuten Eagles at kobo Stadium and hurt his leg. He reached base on a single to left in the third inning and stole second as Akira Nakamura struck out swinging on a 3-2 pitch. Hosokawa managed to steal his first base in five years, but also hurt his right leg in the process (near the hamstring). He left the field for treatment and was ultimately replaced by a pinch-runner.

Source: Sanspo 9/3/2016, Daily Sports 9/3/2016, Nikkan Sports 9/3/2016

[UPDATE 9/4 @ 12:24pm]

Hosokawa was taken to a hospital in Sendai during the game and was diagnosed with a minor strain in his right biceps femoris. He will be taken off the active roster today. He will require about ten days for a full recovery.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/4/2016


[9/3/2016] Shingo Kawabata goes 1-for-3 in Ni-gun rehab game

Shingo Kawabata (right navicular bone) played in a Ni-gun game against against Yokohama on September 3. He got the start at first and batted third. He went 1-for-3: Ks, 1B9, G3.

Source: Sanspo 9/3/2016


[9/3/2016] Hiroya Shimamoto taken off active roster

Hiroya Shimamoto was taken off the active roster on September 3 because of pain in his left shoulder.

Source: Sanspo 9/3/2016, Daily Sports 9/3/2016


[9/3/2016] Shigetoshi Hasegawa to join Orix front office

According to Sponichi, former Orix pitcher Shigetoshi Hasegawa is close to reaching an agreement to join the Orix Buffaloes front office as an adviser. An announcement could be made at the end of the season.

Hasegawa will most likely remain in the United States and provide the Buffaloes with advice on MLB players the organization is interested in.

Source: Sponichi 9/3/2016


[9/3/2016] Rick van den Hurk, Daisuke Matsuzaka pitch in Ni-gun game

Rick van den Hurk and Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched in a Ni-gun game against Yomiuri at Beppu Municipal Baseball Stadium on September 3.

  • van den Hurk started the game and gave up two runs on three hits over three innings of work. He threw fifty-one pitches and topped out at 151km/h. This was his first game since August 10. He is slated to pitch about five innings on five days of rest on September 9 against Ni-gun Orix.
  • Matsuzaka entered the game in the fourth inning and gave up a run on two hits (including a home run in the sixth inning) over five innings of work. He retired the side in order in the fourth, seventh, and eighth innings. He threw forty-seven pitches, struck out three, and topped out at 146km/h. He is scheduled to throw eighty to ninety pitches during his next outing on September 10 against Orix.

Source: Tokyo Sports 9/3/2016, Nikkan Sports 9/3/2016Tokyo Sports 9/3/2016, Nikkan Sports 9/3/2016Sponichi 9/3/2016

NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 143 88 51 4
Hanshin 143 78 61 4
Yokohama 143 73 65 5
Yomiuri 143 72 68 3
Chunichi 143 59 79 5
Yakult 143 45 96 2
Softbank 143 94 49 0
Seibu 143 79 61 3
Rakuten 143 77 63 3
Orix 143 63 79 1
Nippon Ham 143 60 83 0
Lotte 143 54 87 2
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