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[4/9/2016] Mauro Gomez leaves early with lower back pain

Mauro Gomez was replaced on defense in the sixth inning of today’s game against Hiroshima. He was pulled early because of problems with his lower back. His status for tomorrow is uncertain.

Source: Sanspo 4/9/2016

[UPDATE 4/10 @ 11:59am]

Gomez has been feeling some discomfort in his lower back for a few days. It got worse after he hit a line drive back to Hiroki Kuroda in the fourth inning.

Source: Sanspo 4/10/2016

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[4/9/2016] Shingo Kawabata earns domestic FA option

Shingo Kawabata earned his domestic FA option today with eight years of service time on the active roster. Kawabata signed a four-year deal this past December.

Source: Jiji 4/9/2016, Sanspo 4/9/2016

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CHU

[4/9/2016] Masahiro Araki plays in 2,000th career game

Masahiro Araki played in his 2,000th career game on April 9.

Araki was presented with flowers after the fifth inning. He is the forty-ninth player in NPB history to reach the milestone and fourth in franchise history, behind Morimichi Takagi, Tatsuhiko Kimata, and Kazuyoshi Tatsunami. Araki played in his first game on May 31, 1997.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/9/2016, Sanspo 4/9/2016, Tokyo Sports 4/9/2016

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[4/9/2016] Hiroki Kuroda takes liner off left ankle

Hiroki Kuroda outing against Hanshin was cut short today. In the fourth inning, Mauro Gomez hit a 0-2 pitch back up the middle that struck Kuroda near the left ankle. The ball ricocheted toward Hector Luna, who fielded it and threw out Gomez at first for the final out of the inning. Kuroda was slow in returning to the dugout and was later replaced by a pinch-hitter.

There are currently no plans to send Kuroda to the hospital for tests. Hiroshima will take a wait-and-see approach.

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

[UPDATE @ 10:46pm]

The Carp announced that Kuroda has a bruise on his right lower leg. He is considered day-to-day.

After the game, Kuroda told reporters the ball hit him near the top of the Achilles tendon.

Source: Daily Sports 4/9/2016

[UPDATE 4/10 @ 6:02pm]

Kuroda is currently scheduled to make his next start, as planned, on six days of rest on April 16 against Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome. He focused on getting treatment for the leg today and will have the day off on Monday.

Source: Daily Sports 4/10/2016

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[4/9/2016] Dai-Kang Yoh hurts left ankle

Dai-Kang Yoh hurt his left ankle while running the bases in a game against Rakuten at kobo Stadium today.

Down by three runs with runners on first and second and no out in the fifth inning, Yoh hit an RBI single to center. An out later, he was at second when Kensuke Tanaka hit a sac fly to center to score the runner from third. Yoh twisted his left ankle when he tagged up and slid into third base. He was replaced by a pinch-runner and had to be helped off the field.

Source: Tokyo Sports 4/9/2016, Daily Sports 4/9/2016Nikkan Sports 4/9/2016

[UPDATE @ 9:33pm]

Yoh was examined at a hospital in Sendai and diagnosed with a left ankle sprain that will take about a week for a full recovery.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/9/2016

[UPDATE 4/11 @ 2:12pm]

Yoh did not play in the Rakuten game on April 10 because of his sprained ankle. The Fighters are not expected to take him off the active roster. He will be traveling with the team for the Orix series that begins tomorrow. He will resume practices as soon as he is able to.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/11/2016

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[4/9/2016] Shinsaburo Tawata tosses three shutout innings in rehab game

Shinsaburo Tawata (right shoulder) pitched in a rehab game at Ni-gun today. He pitched three shutout innings against Yakult and gave up two hits and two walks. He threw fifty-seven pitches, struck out three, and topped out at 145km/h. This was his first game since May 23, 2015.

Source: Sanspo 4/9/2016, Tokyo Sports 4/9/2016, Sports Hochi 4/9/2016

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[4/9/2016] Taiga Egoshi hits home runs in three consecutive trips to the plate

Taiga Egoshi hit home runs in three consecutive trips to the plate, spanning three different games: April 3 against Yokohama, April 7 against Yomiuri, and April 8 against Hiroshima.

The last Hanshin player to hit home runs in three consecutive trips to the plate was Craig Brazell on June 29, 2010 (first at bat to third at bat) against Chunichi. The last Japanese Hanshin player was Tomoaki Kanemoto on April 10, 2009 (second at bat to fourth at bat) against Yomiuri.

Sadaaki Yoshimura and Morimichi Takagi have hit home runs in three or more consecutive trips to the plate, spanning three different games. Yoshimura: three home runs in 1983 between June 29 and July 1. Takagi: four home runs in 1977 between June 12 and 14.

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

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[4/9/2016] Ryosuke Hirata resumes practice

Ryosuke Hirata (left hip pain due to groin pain syndrome) resumed practices on April 8 at Nagoya Stadium. He is feeling better and was able to take soft-toss batting practice without pain.

Source: Sponichi 4/9/2016

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[4/9/2016] Rain man Kenji Tomura

Kenji Tomura’s first start, on April 7 against Orix at Hotto Motto Kobe, was canceled because of rain. His rescheduled start at Ni-gun, on April 8 against Lotte at Rifu, was canceled because of poor field conditions. He did get to pitch in a Ni-gun batting practice scrimmage at the Izumi Baseball Training Field on April 8: he faced ten hitters and gave up three hits, including a solo home run.

Tomura is scheduled to re-join the Ichi-gun team for practices on April 9. He is slated to get a start on April 14 against Lotte at kobo Stadium.

Tomura’s first starts of the year in 2013 and 2015 were also rained out.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/9/2016

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[4/9/2016] Softbank Hawks call up Robert Suarez

The Softbank Hawks sent Edison Barrios down to Ni-gun on April 8 and called up Robert Suarez today.

Ken Okamoto was also called up today. He will take Tadashi Settsu’s spot on the active roster.

Ni-gun

G W L SV CG SHO PCT BF IP H HR BB IBB HB SO WP BK R ER ERA BB/9 K/9 WHIP
8 2 1 4 0 0 .667 37 9.0 8 0 3 0 0 14 0 1 2 2 2.00 3.00 14.00 1.22
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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hanshin 43 26 17 0
Hiroshima 46 26 19 1
Yomiuri 44 23 21 0
Yokohama 45 20 23 2
Yakult 44 19 25 0
Chunichi 46 17 26 3
G W L T
Rakuten 39 28 11 0
Softbank 46 28 18 0
Seibu 42 24 17 1
Nippon Ham 43 18 25 0
Orix 43 18 25 0
Lotte 45 12 32 1
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