[7/11/2016] Rakuten Eagles announce agreement with Felix Perez

The Rakuten Eagles officially announced that they reached an agreement with thirty-one-year-old outfielder Felix Perez today. He was assigned the uniform number 98. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated fifteen million yen.

The Eagles released the following statement from Perez:

I am grateful for the opportunity to test my abilities. I want to thank everyone that has helped me up to now and I also want to thank the Rakuten Eagles organization for giving me a chance. I will do everything in my power to help the Eagles make it to the Climax Series for all the many cheering fans.

Source: Rakuten announcement, Jiji 7/11/2016, Sanspo 7/11/2016

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[7/11/2016] Shun Yamaguchi to miss All-Star series with ankle injury

Shun Yamaguchi hurt his left ankle during practices at Tokyo Dome on July 9. He was examined at a hospital and diagnosed with an injury to his left anterior talofibular ligament and tibiofibular ligament. He was taken off the active roster today.

Yamaguchi was also be replaced on the All-Star roster with Shoichi Ino. He was scheduled to start the second game of the All-Star series at Yokohama Stadium. There is a good chance the start will now go to Kenta Ishida.

The Yokohama Bay Stars will not be able to add Yamaguchi back to the active roster for ten days after the All-Star break because of current rules.

Source: NPB announcement, Daily Sports 7/11/2016, Nikkan Sports 7/11/2016


[7/11/2016] Wladimir Balentien fined for throwing helmet

Wladimir Balentien threw his helmet after an HBP during a game against the Chunichi Dragons at Jingu Stadium on July 8. He was ejected from the game for dangerous behavior. The NPB announced today that they issued Balentien a stern warning and fined him 100,000 yen for the incident.

Source: NPB announcementDaily Sports 7/11/2016, Nikkan Sports 7/11/2016


[7/11/2016] Yuki Karakawa gets married

Yuki Karakawa (27) filed marriage papers with a former high school classmate, a twenty-six-year-old woman from Narita, Chiba, on May 22. The two are planning told a ceremony after the season.

Source: Daily Sports 7/10/2016, Sponichi 7/10/2016, Nikkan Sports 7/10/2016


[7/11/2016] Shota Ono leaves game with cold

Shota Ono left last night’s game against Lotte at Sapporo Dome on defense in the eighth inning because he was feeling sick (fever and a cough). He was sent home to rest and is considered day-to-day.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/11/2016


[7/11/2016] Brandon Laird blasts second walk-off homer of the season

Brandon Laird hit his second walk-off home run of the season on July 10 against Lotte at Sapporo Dome. He is the first Nippon Ham player to hit two walk-off home runs in one season since Yukio Tanaka in 1995 and the first foreign player to accomplish the feat in franchise history.

Laird’s NPB walk-off home runs:

  • September 22, 2015 against Softbank
  • June 10, 2016 against Hanshin
  • July 10, 2016 against Lotte

Source: Sponichi 7/11/2016


40th Japan-USA University Baseball Championship Schedule

Gm  Date Start Venue Home Score Away
1 07/12 Tue 18:00 HARD OFF ECO Stadium Niigata Japan 2-1 USA
2 07/13 Wed 18:00 HARD OFF ECO Stadium Niigata USA 0-1 Japan
Make-up 07/14 Thu 12:00 HARD OFF ECO Stadium Niigata      
3 07/15 Fri 18:00 Meiji Jingu Stadium Japan 0-1 USA
4 07/16 Sat 18:30 Shizuoka Kusanagi Baseball Stadium USA 10-2 Japan
5 07/17 Sun 18:00 Shizuoka Kusanagi Baseball Stadium Japan 5-4 USA
Make-up 07/18 Mon 11:00 Meiji Jingu Stadium      


  • Each team will be made up of twenty-four players.
  • Japan will be on the first base side of the field with the USA on the third base side.
  • The designated hitter will be used.
  • Tie-break rules will be used beginning in the tenth inning (runners on first and second and no out).
  • Games will be called if there is a ten run difference after seven inning.
  • Games will become official after five innings.
  • The official tournament baseball is the Mizuno 200.

[7/10/2016] Samurai Japan blanks Niigata Iryo Fukushi in practice game

The Samurai Japan collegiate team played a practice game against Niigata Iryo Fukushi University at HARD OFF ECO Stadium Niigata earlier today. Haruhiro Hamaguchi started the game and tossed four shutout innings. He faced thirteen hitters, did not allow a hit or a walk, and struck out ten. Shunpei Yoshikawa (two innings, six hitters), Masashi Ito (one inning), Hiromasa Saito (one inning), and Koya Mizuno (one inning) also pitched in the game. The five pitchers combined for a no-hitter and recorded a total twenty strikeouts against Niigata Iryo.

The offense scored a run in the seventh (a single and a stolen base by Chihiro Onishi, and an RBI single to left by Takuya Sato), a run in the eighth (with the help of an error), and two in the ninth (timely hits from Yusuke Oyama and Naoki Yoshikawa).

Samurai Japan beat Niigata Iryo 4-0.

The Japan-USA University Baseball Championship begins on July 12.

Source: Samurai Japan announcement, Sports Hochi 7/10/2016


[7/10/2016] Norio Tanabe’s job secure at least until the end of the season

Seibu Lions official Haruhiko Suzuki told reporters they had no plans to replace Norio Tanabe in the middle of season. Former manager Haruki Ihara left his position early in 2014.

Source: Daily Sports 7/10/2016


[7/10/2016] Tomoyuki Sugano sets new career high in strikeouts

Tomoyuki Sugano recorded his fourth complete game victory of the season on July 9 against Yokohama at Tokyo Dome. He is the first Yomiuri pitcher to record at least four complete game victories before the All-Star break since Tetsuya Utsumi racked up five in 2006 and the first right-handed Yomiuri pitcher since Koji Uehara notched four in 2002.

Sugano also set a career high for strikeouts in a game on July 9 with thirteen. He set his previous high of twelve twice: against Seibu on May 18, 2013 and against Hanshin on April 28, 2016.

Source: Sanspo 7/10/2016

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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