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.
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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.0 Comments
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.0 Comments
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.0 Comments
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 7/11/20160 Comments
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:
Source: Sponichi 7/11/20160 Comments
|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|
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 12.0 Comments
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 7/10/20160 Comments
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 7/10/20160 Comments