[5/27/2016] Brandon Laird gets start at DH due to shoulder discomfort

Brandon Laird skipped pre-game fielding practices today because of discomfort in the area near his right shoulder. He was still okay to play and made the starting line-up against Rakuten at kobo Stadium as a designated hitter.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/27/2016


[5/27/2016] Soichiro Tateoka taken off active roster with left side strain

Soichiro Tateoka left yesterday’s game against Hiroshima on defense in the fourth inning because he hurt his left side while swinging the bat. He was taken off the active roster today with a strain in his left side. There is currently no time table on his return.

Source: Sponichi 5/27/2016

[UPDATE 5/28 @ 12:02pm]

Tateoka started feeling discomfort in his left side after he flied out to left and stepped on first in his first at bat.

Source: Sponichi 5/28/2016


[5/27/2016] San-gun Giants to visit Taiwan for seven games

The Yomiuri Giants announced today that their San-gun team will be visiting Taiwan to play seven exhibition games against local teams.


  • June 20 (Mon) – Arrive in Taiwan
  • June 21 (Tue) – Chinese Culture University at Xinzhuang Baseball Stadium – 18:30
  • June 22 (Wed) – Chinese Culture University at Xinzhuang Baseball Stadium – 18:30
  • June 23 (Thu) – Chinese Taipei at Taichung Baseball Field – 18:30
  • June 24 (Fri) – Chinese Taipei at Taichung Baseball Field – 18:30
  • June 25 (Sat) – Chinese Taipei at Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium – 17:00
  • June 26 (Sun) – Chinese Taipei at Taichung Baseball Field – 17:00
  • June 27 (Mon) – Ni-gun Lamigo Monkeys at Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium – 14:00
  • June 28 (Tue) – Return to Japan

Source: Yomiuri announcement


[5/27/2016] Rafael Dolis to pitch in a Ni-gun game on May 29

Rafael Dolis (fatigue) is set to pitch an inning in a Ni-gun inter-league game against the BC League’s Fukui Miracle Elephants on May 29. The Hanshin Tigers could consider him ready to rejoin the Ichi-gun team depending on his performance during and condition after the game.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/27/2016


[5/27/2016] Matt Clark goes 1-for-2 in Ni-gun game

Matt Clark made his Ni-gun debut with the Orix Buffaloes on May 26. He got the start at first and batted fifth against Hiroshima and went 1-for-2 with a walk and a double.

Junichi Fukura told reporters he was going to wait to see how Clark progressed since he already had Hiroyuki Nakajima and Brent Morel at first.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/26/2016


[5/27/2016] NPB discussing possibility of suspending season during 2020 Olympics

The NPB and six teams met in Tokyo on May 26 to discuss the 2020 schedule in relation to the Olympics. The league would like to cooperate with Olympic organizers and are exploring a variety of options, including the possibility of suspending the season. The issue will be discussed during executive committee meetings in June and July. The league will attempt to make a final decision during an owner meeting on July 11.

If the league does not suspend the season during the 2020 Olympics, it will most likely have to find alternate home venues for Yakult (Jingu Stadium), Yokohama (Yokohama Stadium), Lotte (QVC Marine Field), and Seibu (Seibu Prince Dome). They may also have to coordinate efforts with displaced amateur leagues (particularly high school and college).

Source: Sponichi 5/27/2016, ZakZak 5/27/2016


[5/27/2016] Shinnosuke Shigenobu hits two triples in one game

Shinnosuke Shigenobu hit two triples against the Hiroshima Carp at Mazda Stadium on May 26. He is the first rookie in franchise history to record two triples in one game since Shigeru Takada in 1968.

Source: Sanspo 5/27/2016


[5/27/2016] Toshiki Sakurai tosses batting practice scrimmage

Toshiki Sakurai (right elbow) pitching in a batting practice scrimmage at Giants Stadium on May 26. All hitters started with the count 1-1. He faced nine hitters, threw twenty-nine pitches, did not allow a hit, struck out three, walked two, and topped out at 145km/h.

Aaron Poreda (upper left arm) resumed practices at Giants Stadium on May 26.

Source: Sponichi 5/27/2016


[5/27/2016] Tsuyoshi Ishizaki resumes pitching practices

Tsuyoshi Ishizaki (right elbow) resumed pitching practices at Naruohama on May 26. He played a light game of catch and did some shadow pitching. He still feels pain in his right elbow.

Source: Sanspo 5/27/2016


[5/27/2016] Tsuyoshi Nishioka continues to make progress

Tsuyoshi Nishioka (left hamstring) practiced at the Naruohama facilities on May 26. He took batting practice for the third straight day: twenty-two swings from the right side and one over the fence, seventeen swings from the left side and three over the fence. He also played catch and participated in fielding practice.

Source: Sanspo 5/27/2016

NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 137 84 49 4
Hanshin 133 72 58 3
Yokohama 133 66 63 4
Yomiuri 134 67 64 3
Chunichi 134 57 72 5
Yakult 135 44 89 2
Softbank 134 90 44 0
Seibu 135 75 57 3
Rakuten 128 70 56 2
Orix 131 61 69 1
Nippon Ham 131 51 80 0
Lotte 133 48 84 1
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