[4/8/2016] Atsushi Nomi records nineteenth double-digit strikeout game of his career

Atsushi Nomi notched the nineteenth double-digit strikeout game of his career on April 8 against Hiroshima. Only four other pitchers in franchise history have more double-digit strikeout games: Yutaka Enatsu (69), Minoru Murayama (32), Masaaki Koyama (27), and Kei Igawa (24).

Source: Daily Sports 4/8/2016


[4/8/2016] Takahiro Norimoto sets new NPB record

Takahiro Norimoto won his start against Nippon Ham on April 8 and struck out eleven in eight innings. He joined Hideo Nomo (1994, three games) and Yu Darvish (2010, five games) as the only pitchers in NPB history to record ten or more strikeouts in three consecutive outings, beginning on opening day. He also became the only pitcher in NPB history to win three straight, beginning with the opening day game, and strike out ten or more in each game.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/8/2016, Sponichi 4/8.2016



[4/8/2016] Kengo Horiuchi could resume hitting practice next week

Kengo Horiuchi fractured his right hamate bone during spring camp. He had surgery to treat the fracture on February 19. He is making good progress in his recovery. He worked on his catching with Ni-gun battery coach Yuichi Yanagizawa on April 8. He could resume hitting practice next year.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/8/2016


[4/8/2016] Yokohama holds press conference for Mike Zagurski

The Bay Stars held a press conference for Mike Zagurski earlier today. He was assigned the uniform number 69. Zagurski also threw a bullpen session at Yokohama Stadium. He is slated to toss batting practice before the Yakult game on April 10. He will join the Ichi-gun team once his work visa clears and he has had a chance to play in a few Ni-gun games.

Source: Yokohama announcement 4/8/2016, Daily Sports 4/8/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/8/2016


[4/8/2016] Kazuya Fujita still out with bruised left chest

Kazuya Fujita missed another game on April 8. He has not played in any games since he suffered a bruised left chest during an Orix game on April 5. He could be ready to return to the line-up on April 10.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/8/2016


[4/8/2016] Ryosuke Kikuchi’s consecutive games streak ends at 377

Ryosuke Kikuchi was not available to play in tonight’s game against Hiroshima at Koshien Stadium because he was not feeling well. It is the first game he missed since he started a consecutive games streak on June 27, 2013 (377 games).

Source: Daily Sports 4/8/2016Nikkan Sports 4/8/2016


[4/8/2016] Shinnosuke Abe plays in rehab game at Ni-gun

Shinnosuke Abe (right shoulder) played in his first rehab game at Ni-gun against Yokohama on April 8. He was the starting designated hitter and batted clean-up. He went 0-for-2: Kl, F6.

Tetsuya Utsumi started the game for the Giants and tossed seven shutout innings. He allowed five hits and struck out seven.

Source: Tokyo Sports 4/8/2016, Daily Sports 4/8/2016


[4/8/2016] Hitoki Iwase on the active roster for the first time since 2014

Hitoki Iwase was added to the active roster on April 8 for the first time since August 9, 2014.

Iwase was out with left elbow pain last season and was slowed by the flu during spring camp this year.

Source: Sponichi 4/8/2016


[4/8/2016] Shinsaburo Tawata set to pitch in rehab game on April 9

Shinsaburo Tawata (right shoulder) is set to pitch in his first rehab game at Ni-gun on April 9. He is scheduled to start and pitch three innings against Yakult at Seibu 2 Stadium.

Tawata has not pitched in a game since he hurt his right shoulder in May 2015.

Source: Sanspo 4/8/2016


[4/8/2016] NPB giving players a chance to come clean

The NPB has decided to temporarily ease up on their punishments for players and staff that may have gambled on baseball in the past, so long as they step forward and disclose their incidents between April 6 and 25.

Players and staff that are caught gambling on baseball are either banned for life (Article 177, if they bet on their own games) or suspended from a year up to an undetermined amount of time (Article 180, if they bet on games other than their own). The NPB’s decision to temporarily ease up on punishments will only affect players/staff that may have bet on games other than their own and could potentially keep suspensions to one year if they come clean, cooperate, and show remorse.

The league and all twelve teams have set up a support hotline for players and staff to use. They will be accepting anonymous requests for support. Names of players/staff that admit to gambling on baseball will not be disclosed until the investigation committee is ready to release its report.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/4/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/5/2016Sponichi 4/4/2016, Sponichi 4/5/2016Daily Sports 4/5/2016, Daily Sports 4/6/2016

As of April 4, the NPB has not yet been able to sit down with Shoki Kasahara because they have not been able to agree to terms for their meeting. Kasahara has asked the NPB to provide him with a list of questions they might ask him and the NPB wants full assurance that the list will not be leaked to the public. The NPB has not been able to get a firm commitment from him.

Source: Sponichi 4/4/2016

NPB Standings [Full]
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
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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