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[4/20/2016] Garrett Jones returns to practices

Garrett Jones missed the Yakult game on April 14 because he was not feeling well. He played in games after that, but was never fully recovered. He did not attend workouts on April 18, but was feeling better and rejoined the team for practices on April 19.

Source: Daily Sports 4/20/2016

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SOF

[4/19/2016] Rick van den Hurk extends winning streak to twelve games

Rick van den Hurk extended his winning streak to twelve games with seven solid innings in 2-1 victory over the Chiba Lotte Marines on April 19. He is now one victory away from joining Tsuneo Horiuchi as the only pitchers since 1950 to start their careers with a thirteen-game winning streak.

Interesting note: hitters are 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position against van den Hurk this season.

Source: Daily Sports 4/19/2016, Sponichi 4/19/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/20/2016

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CHU

[4/19/2016] Yudai Ono could resume throwing on April 20

Yudai Ono told reporters after workouts at Nagoya Stadium on April 19 that he no longer feels pain in his left elbow. He has yet to resume throwing because his doctor advised him not to for one week. He could start a throwing program after a re-evaluation on April 20.

Source: Sanspo 4/19/2016

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HIR

[4/19/2016] Hector Luna out one to two weeks

Hector Luna was examined at a hospital in Hiroshima. The Carp announced on April 19 that he was diagnosed with a contusion on his right biceps femoris. He will require one to two weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Sponichi 4/19/2016, Daily Sports 4/19/2016

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SOF

[4/19/2016] Yanagita on By

Yuki Yanagita tied Sadaharu Oh’s 1970 NPB record with a walk in his eighteenth straight game.

He now has twenty-five walks in eighteen games.

Nikkan Sports and Sanspo have a couple interesting facts about the two streaks:

  • Oh recorded twenty-seven walks during his streak (June 17-July 15, 1970). Fifteen were walks on four pitches (includes six intentional walks). Oh was 20-for-51 with eleven home runs during the streak.
  • Yanagita has so far recorded twenty-five walks during his streak. Only three were on four pitches (including one intentional walk). Fifteen were walks after the count went full. Yanagita was 16-for-60 with two home runs during the streak.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/20/2016, Sanspo 4/20/2016

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HIR

[4/19/2016] Jason Pridie fined for Ni-gun ejection

Jason Pridie was ejected from a Ni-gun game against Softbank on April 16 for insulting an umpire during an argument. The NPB gave Pridie a stern warning and a 50,000 yen fine.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/19/2016

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YAK

[4/19/2016] Ryota Yachi has a fractured left ulna

Ryota Yachi was hit by a pitch from Shintaro Fujinami during his at bat in the third inning against Hanshin at Koshien on April 19. The ball hit Yachi on the left wrist. He left the game on defense in the fourth inning and was taken to a hospital in Nishinomiya for tests. He was diagnosed with a left ulna fracture.

Source: Sponichi 4/19/2016, Sports Hochi 4/19/2016

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YOK

[4/19/2016] Mike Zagurski tosses shutout inning at Ni-gun

Mike Zagurski pitched in a Ni-gun game against Rakuten at Yokohama today. He entered the game in the sixth inning and retired the side in order (Ks, Ks, F7). He topped out at 146km/h.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/19/2016

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LOT

[4/19/2016] Takuya Takahama hurts back during batting practice

Takuya Takahama tweaked his lower back while taking pre-game batting practice today. He could not walk on his own and had to be carried off the field. He may have strained his back. Lotte is expected to take him off the active roster on April 20.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/19/2016

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YAK

[4/19/2016] Tetsuto Yamada to appear in Adidas commercial

Tetsuto Yamada is under contract with Adidas. The media learned on April 18 that he will be sharing screen time in a national TV spot with soccer player Shinji Kagawa between late-April and early-May. Yamada will be the first professional baseball player to make it into a national TV spot for Adidas.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/19/2016

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hiroshima 67 41 25 1
Hanshin 64 37 27 0
Yokohama 66 31 33 2
Yomiuri 65 29 36 0
Chunichi 67 28 36 3
Yakult 65 25 39 1
G W L T
Rakuten 60 40 20 0
Softbank 67 42 25 0
Seibu 63 35 26 2
Orix 64 29 35 0
Nippon Ham 64 27 37 0
Lotte 66 20 45 1
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