[4/13/2016] Daisuke Matsuzaka could pitch in rehab game this week

Daisuke Matsuzaka threw about seventy pitches in the bullpen at the Chikugo facilities on April 12. His workouts have gone smoothly, other than missing practices on April 7 with hay fever. He could pitch in a rehab game at Ni-gun some time this week.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/13/2016


[4/12/2016] Orix sets new homerless record

The Orix Buffaloes extended their homerless streak to thirteen games from the start of the season and set a new NPB record for teams since 1950. They entered the day tied with Daiei (1953).

The NPB record prior to 1950 was twenty-eight games, set by Dai Tokyo in Fall 1936. The franchise record prior to 1950 was twenty-one games, set by Hankyu in 1946.

Source: Sponichi 4/12/2016


[4/12/2016] The Walking Yanagita

Yuki Yanagita walked in his fourteenth straight game tonight and tied Hiromitsu Ochiai (1986) for second on the Pacific League’s all-time list. Teruo Tabe set the PL record of fifteen in 1951.

Source: Sponichi 4/12/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/12/2016


[4/12/2016] Jake Brigham could make Ichi-gun debut on April 14

Jake Brigham started spring camp at Ichi-gun, but pain in his left side slowed him down. He was assigned to Ni-gun at the start of the season and went 1-0 with a 1.72 ERA in three starts. He joined the Ichi-gun team for practices today for the first time this season. He could get the start against Lotte on April 14.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/12/2016


[4/12/2016] Hatakeyama scratched from starting line-up with back pain

Kazuhiro Hatakeyama felt discomfort in his back during pre-game practices today. He was scratched from the starting line-up as a precaution.

Source: Daily Sports 4/12/2016


[4/12/2016] Shohei Otani could get a chance to bat for himself when he pitches

Hideki Kuriyama is thinking about letting Shohei Otani bat for himself when he pitches. Injuries to Dai-Kang Yoh and Kenshi Sugiya could force the decision, especially if the offense continues to sputter when he pitches. But there are concerns about losing the designated hitter from the start of the game. Otani has batted for himself in five games in the past, but only where there was no DH..

Date Slot Hitting Pitching Score Opponent Venue
2013/06/18 Fifth 1-for-3, 1 BB, 1 RBI ND, 4.0 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 4 SO, 3 ER 7-4, W Hiroshima Mazda
2014/05/20 Seventh 0-for-3 ND, 5.0+, 5 H, 2 BB, 3 SO, 5 ER 7-5, W Chunichi Sapporo Dome
2014/06/04 Seventh 1-for-2, 1 SO W, 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 10 SO, 1 ER 6-2, W Hiroshima Sapporo Dome
2014/06/11 Seventh 0-for-2, 1 SO ND, 6.1 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 6 SO, 1 ER 2-1, L Yomiuri Sapporo Dome
2015/06/06 Seventh 0-for-3, 3 SO L, 7.0 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 11 SO, 1 ER 1-0, L Hanshin Koshien

Note: in 2014, the DH-rule applied to games in the Central League during Inter-league play.

Since the Pacific League added the DH-rule in 1975, there have been four games where pitchers batted for themselves.

Date Team Slot Player Name AB H RBI Score Opponent Venue
1987/10/20 Seibu Ninth Matsunuma, Hirohisa 0 0 0 7-4, W Lotte Seibu
1990/10/11 Seibu Ninth Kudo, Kimiyasu 0 0 0 10-4, W Kintetsu Seibu
1992/10/10 Seibu Ninth Watanabe, Hisanobu 1 1 0 1-0, W Nippon Ham Seibu
1998/10/10 Seibu Ninth Nishiguchi, Fumiya 2 0 0 2-4, L Lotte Seibu Dome

Source: Sanspo 4/12/2016, Sponichi 4/12/2016, Sponichi 4/12/2016, Sports Hochi 4/12/2016, Daily Sports 4/12/2016


[4/12/2016] Buffaloes to call up two of five pitchers in Ni-gun rotation

The Ni-gun Buffaloes have gone with a starting rotation of Kazumasa Yoshida, Sachiya Yamasaki, Koki Saito, Yu Suzuki, and Daiki Aoyama so far this season. The Ichi-gun Buffaloes are planning to call up Yoshida and Yamasaki. They want Yoshida to help bolster the bullpen and Yamasaki for a start against Nippon Ham at Kyocera Dome on April 14.

The Ni-gun team, just like the Ichi-gun team, has been struggling (4-13-1). They will have to overcome a six-game stretch that begins today without two starters.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/12/2016


[4/12/2016] Ryosuke Hirata could be ready to return on April 15

Ryosuke Hirata (left hip) told reporters he was feeling better on April 11. He is now able to run at full speed. He is expected to begin preparations for Ichi-gun by playing in a rehab game at Ni-gun today. He could return to the active roster in time for a Hanshin game on April 15.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/12/2016


[4/12/2016] Ryoichi Adachi set to join Ichi-gun team today

Ryoichi Adachi is set to join the Ichi-gun team today. He could also make the starting line-up against Nippon Ham.

Adachi was hospitalized with ulcerative colitis on January 22. He was released from the hospital and began a rehab program on February 10. He played in his first rehab game at Ni-gun on April 2 and played full games on April 8 and 9. He started preparing for the active roster on April 10.

There are still concerns about his condition for night games — he is still not sure how his body will react and he is still working out how to prepare himself. If he is feeling fine, he could make the starting line-up tonight.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/12/2016


Conditioning Notes for Yuki Matsui

Yuki Matsui was slowed by left shoulder tightness during spring camp this year. He recently told reporters that his fastball was lacking polish because he was unable to do enough throwing before the start of the season.

Matsui has had to change his approach to make up for the difference. He has been throwing more sliders than change-ups because he feels there is not enough of a difference between his fastball and change-up. He is also throwing more cutters as well, a pitch he started using in September last year.

Matsui is hoping to be at 100 percent by the summer.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/12/2016

NPB Standings [Full]
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
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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