[6/5/2016] Shohei Otani hits 163km/h

Shohei Otani set a new NPB velocity record by hitting 163km/h. The pitch came in the bottom of the 4th against Yomiuri’s Luis Cruz (1-2 count, fourth pitch of the at bat, fifty-seventh pitch of the game).

It will probably get deleted, but you can see footage here (not my upload).

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[6/5/2016] Ryota Imanari’s wife gives birth to girl

Ryota Imanari’s wife gave birth to the couple’s first child, a girl weighing 3,136 grams, at a hospital in Saitama on June 3.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/5/2016


[6/5/2016] Chunichi Dragons sign Leyson Septimo

The Chunichi Dragons announced that they signed thirty-year-old Leyson Septimo to a contract that will run through to the end of the season. The contract is worth an estimated ten million yen. He has been assigned the uniform number 98.

Source: Chunichi announcementNikkan Sports 6/5/2016

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[6/5/2016] Miles Mikolas tosses two shutout innings in rehab outing

Miles Mikolas (right shoulder) is slated to pitch two innings in a Ni-gun rehab game against Rakuten at Giants Stadium later today (June 5). He played catch and participated in infield drills during workouts yesterday.

Source: Sponichi 6/5/2016

[UPDATE @ 3:09pm]

Mikolas pitched two shutout innings. He threw twenty-eight pitches, allowed one hit, and topped out at 145km/h.

Source: Sponichi 6/5/2016

[UPDATE @ 5:44pm]

Mikolas struck out three in his outing.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/5/2016

[UPDATE 6/6 @ 4:00pm]

Mikolas’ schedule moving forward will be determined after he tosses a bullpen session on either June 7 or 8.

Source: Sponichi 6/6/2016


[6/5/2016] Yoshitomo Tsutsugo packages a win with a walk-off home run

Yoshitomo Tsutsugo recorded a walk-off home run against the Chiba Lotte Marines on June 4 at Yokohama Stadium.

  • The walk-off was the second of Tsutsugo’s career. He notched his first walk-off, a double, against Yomiuri on August 25, 2012.
  • The walk-off home run was the first for Yokohama since Aarom Baldiris against Chunichi on September 26, 2015 and the first for a Japanese Yokohama player since Hitoshi Tamura against Yomiuri on May 10, 2013.
  • Tsutsugo became the third Yokohama player to hit a walk-off home run during an Inter-league game, first since Shuichi Murata against Seibu on June 21, 2008.
  • Tsutsugo also hit a home run in the fourth inning on June 4. Only four other players have recorded a home run and a walk-off home run in the same Inter-league game: Tomoaki Kanemoto against Nippon Ham on June 1, 2005; Norihiro Nakamura against Seibu on June 17, 2008; Shuichi Murata against Seibu on June 21, 2008; and Hideto Asamura against Yakult on May 31, 2013.

Source: Sanspo 6/5/2016, Nikkan Sports 6/5/2016


[6/4/2016] Hanshin Tigers considering new farm facilities

The Hanshin Tigers are looking into the possibility of building new Ni-gun facilities within the next five years. They visited a couple of locations (like Softbank’s Hawks Baseball Park Chikugo and Yomiuri’s Giants Stadium in Kawasaki) for inspiration/ideas earlier this year in April. The Tigers are also thinking about opening a baseball academy for children.

Source: Daily Sports 5/31/2016, Daily Sports 6/1/2016


[6/4/2016] Fumihito Haraguchi takes home Sankei Sports’ Gekirei Series Outstanding Player Award

Fumihito Haraguchi was presented with the Sankei Sports Hanshin Tigers Gekirei Series Outstanding Player Award on June 3. The Gekirei Series took place over thirteen home games at Koshien between April 29 and May 22. Haraguchi was given the award for his performance at the plate: he batted .450 during the series and recorded a number of big hits, including a walk-off against Chunichi on May 19 and a modasho against Hiroshima on May 22.

Source: Sanspo 6/4/2016


[6/4/2016] Hiroki Kuroda serves up four home runs for the first time since 2000

Hiroki Kuroda gave up four home runs during his start against the Softbank Hawks at Mazda Stadium on June 3. Three of the four came in consecutive at bats in the third inning.

  • Kuroda has given up three home runs in one inning two other times during his NPB career: four in the first inning against Yomiuri at Hiroshima on July 31, 1999 and three in the sixth inning against Yomiuri at Hiroshima on June 30, 2007. The three he allowed on June 3 came in consecutive at bats in the third inning, a first in his career.
  • Kuroda has surrendered four or more home runs in one game three other times during his NPB career: four against Yakult at Jingu on July 8, 1997, four against Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome on September 6, 2000, and five against Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome on July 31, 1999.

Source: Sanspo 6/4/2016


[6/4/2016] Takeya Nakamura has tightness in lower back and legs

Takeya Nakamura was left out of the starting line-up on June 3 against the Hanshin Tigers at Koshien Stadium because of tightness in his lower back and legs.

Nakamura was left out of the starting line-up again today, but did make it into the game as a pinch-hitter.

The Lions do not want to risk losing Nakamura to a more serious injury by having him play defense in a few Inter-league road games.

Source: Sanspo 6/4/2016


[6/4/2016] Masanori Ishikawa out with pain in left calf

Masanori Ishikawa was taken off the active roster on June 3 because of chronic pain in his left calf. The Swallows are hoping to have him back in the minimum ten days, but there is a chance he might need more time.

Source: Sanspo 6/4/2016

NPB Standings [Full]
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
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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