[4/22/2017] Ken Togame to join starting rotation

Ken Togame is expected to join the starting rotation next week when the Seibu Lions begin playing six games a week (for at least the next two weeks). His first start is scheduled to come against the Orix Buffaloes on April 27.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/22/2017



66th Japan National Collegiate Baseball Championship Preliminary Brackets

Date Time   Gm Venue First Base Third Base
06/05 Mon 09:00 J1-1 1 Jingu Stadium 北海道学生野球連盟
Hokkaido Universities Baseball League
Hokuriku Universities Baseball League
    11:30 J1-2 2 Jingu Stadium 関西学生野球連盟
Kansai Big6 Baseball League
Chugokuchiku University Baseball League
    14:00 J1-3 3 Jingu Stadium 九州地区大学野球連盟北部
Kyushu University Baseball League (North)
Fukuoka Big6 Baseball League
    09:00 T1-1 6 Tokyo Dome 東京新大学野球連盟
New Tokyo University Baseball League
Minami Tohoku University Baseball League
    11:30 T1-2 7 Tokyo Dome 東都大学野球連盟
Tohto University Baseball League
Sapporo Gakusei League
    14:00 T1-3 8 Tokyo Dome 神奈川大学野球連盟
Kanagawa University Baseball League
Tokyo Metropolitan Area University Baseball League
    16:30 T1-4 9 Tokyo Dome 九州六大学野球連盟
Kyushu Big6 Baseball League
North Tohoku Universities Baseball League
06/06 Tue 09:00 J2-1 4 Jingu Stadium 四国地区大学野球連盟
Shikoku Universities Baseball League
Sendai Big 6 Baseball League
    11:30 J2-2 5 Jingu Stadium 広島六大学野球連盟
Hiroshima Big-Six6 Universities Baseball League
Baseball Association in Aichi
    14:00 J2-3 12 Jingu Stadium 関甲新大学野球連盟
Kankoshin Student Baseball Federation
Game 1 Winner
    09:00 T2-1 10 Tokyo Dome 京滋大学野球連盟
Keiji University Baseball League
Kansai6 Baseball League
    11:30 T2-2 11 Tokyo Dome 阪神大学野球連盟
Hanshin Baseball League
Kyushu University Baseball League (South)
    14:00 T2-3 16 Tokyo Dome 東海地区大学野球連盟
Tokai University Baseball League
Game 6 Winner
06/07 Wed 09:00 J3-1 13 Jingu Stadium Game 2 Winner 近畿学生野球連盟
Kinki University Students Baseball League
    11:30 J3-2 14 Jingu Stadium Game 3 Winner Game 4 Winner
    14:00 J3-3 15 Jingu Stadium Game 5 Winner 千葉県大学野球連盟
Chiba University Baseball League
    09:00 T3-1 17 Tokyo Dome Game 7 Winner Game 8 Winner
    11:30 T3-2 18 Tokyo Dome 東京六大学野球連盟
Tokyo Big6 Baseball League
Game 9 Winner
    14:00 T3-3 19 Tokyo Dome Game 10 Winner Game 11 Winner
06/08 Thu 09:00 J4-1 20 Jingu Stadium Game 12 Winner Game 13 Winner
    11:30 J4-2 21 Jingu Stadium Game 14 Winner Game 15 Winner
    14:00 J4-3 22 Jingu Stadium Game 16 Winner Game 17 Winner
    16:30 J4-4 23 Jingu Stadium Gme 18 Winner Game 19 Winner
06/09 Fri Alternate
06/10 Sat 11:30 J5-1 24 Jingu Stadium Game 20 Winner Game 21 Winner
    14:00 J5-2 25 Jingu Stadium Game 22 Winner Game 23 Winner
06/11 Sun 13:00 J6-1 26 Jingu Stadium Game 24 Winner Game 25 Winner

[4/21/2017] Jimmy Paredes taken off active roster

Jimmy Paredes was taken off the active roster today and reassigned to Ni-gun.

Here’s why (through April 20):

  • 15 games
  • 58 plate appearances
  • 54 at bats
  • 23 strikeouts
  • 7 hits
  • 1 extra base hit
  • 2 walks
  • slash line .130/.172/.148

[4/20/2017] Manny Ramirez’s contract with Kochi ends in July

The Kochi Fighting Dogs announced on April 20 that their contract with Manny Ramirez will expire at the end of July. Kochi decided to release the information because they received a lot of inquiries and because they want as many people to see him play in Japan as possible.

The Shikoku Island League plus season is split into two halves: April/May and August/September. There are no regular season games during June/July. Additionally, NPB teams have until the end of July to sign new players.

Kochi is currently in discussions with Ramirez about the schedule in June/July. They are also exploring the possibility of a contract extension beyond July.

Source: Kochi 4/20/2017Daily Sports 4/20/2017, Tokyo Sports 4/20/2017, Sponichi 4/20/2017, Nikkan Sports 4/20/2017

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[4/20/2017] Hisayoshi Chono may have some lower body discomfort

Hisayoshi Chono left the Yakult game on April 19 early (replaced on defense in the fifth inning) because of discomfort in his lower body (legs). However, he has also been struggling at the plate: he got the start in right in the season’s first twelve games, but was then bumped to the bench, where he made three appearances as a pinch-hitter. He returned to the starting line-up on April 19. His early removal on April 19 may have been a mix of issues.

Source: Sanspo 4/20/2017


[4/20/2017] Koichi Ogata fined for ejection

Koichi Ogata was issued a stern waning and a 100,000 yen fine for his ejection (offensive arguing) from last night’s (April 19) game against the Yokohama Bay Stars at Mazda Stadium.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/20/2017, Nikkan Sports 4/20/2017, Sponichi 4/20/2017


[4/20/2017] Ni-gun game notes for Yuki Saito, Sho Nakata, Taishi Ota

The Ni-gun Nippon Ham Fighters played the Ni-gun Yakult Swallows at Toda earlier today and recorded a 4-1 victory. Of note:

  • Yuki Saito entered the game in the sixth inning and gave up a run on four hits over three innings of work. He gave up a run and three hits in his first inning of work in the sixth. He held Yakult scoreless in the seventh and eighth innings.
  • Sho Nakata started at designated hitter and batted clean-up. He went 0-for-2: ground out to short in the second, ground out to short in the fourth.
  • Taishi Ota got the start in center field and batted lead-off. He went 1-for-3 with an RBI: flied out to left in the first, hit an RBI triple to right-center in the third, and struck out swinging in the fifth.

Source: Daily Sports 4/20/2017, Nikkan Sports 4/20/2017, Sports Hochi 4/20/2017, Sports Hochi 4/20/2017, Daily Sports 4/20/2017, Sports Hochi 4/20/2017, Nikkan Sports 4/20/2017


Victoria Series: Hyogo Dione, Kyoto Flora – April 18,19

April 18 at Wakasa Stadium Kyoto – 18:30

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Hyogo Dione 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 1   5 5 1
Kyoto Flora 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0   4 11 2

WP: Yuki Izumi (4 G, 2-0)
LP: Chiaki Shioya (4 G, 0-2)

Game Time: 2h27m
Attendance: 523

Hero Interview

  • Rina Sakakibara = 2-for-2: HR7 three RBI, 1B7 one RBI. Blasted the first home run of her career. Collected two hits and two RBI.

Game Page | Highlights


April 19 at Wakasa Stadium Kyoto – 18:30

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Hyogo Dione 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 5 5 1
Kyoto Flora 2 0 0 5 0 0 x 7 9 0

WP: Mika Konishi (3 G, 2-1)
Sv: Chiaki Shioya (5 G, 0-2, 1 Sv)
LP: Meguna Furuya (4 G, 1-1)

Game Time: 1h52m
Attendance: 551

Hero Interview

  • Tsudoi Konishi = 2-for-3: 2B7, G6, 2B6 three RBI. Helped the team win with two hits and three RBI.
  • Yukina Izumi =1-for-3: HR7 two RBI, F7, G6. Blasted the first home run of his career.

Game Page | Highlights



[4/19/2017] Hiroki Tokoda leaves games with elbow discomfort

Hiroki Tokoda left tonight’s game against the Yokohama Bay Stars after pitching just four innings because of discomfort in his left elbow. The discomfort increased over the course of the game. He will be examined at a hospital tomorrow.

Source: Sponichi 4/19/2017

[UPDATE 4/20 @ 10:03pm]

Tokoda was taken off the active roster earlier today after he was examined at a hospital in Hiroshima and diagnosed with a muscle contusion in his left medial elbow. He will need to rest the elbow for about three weeks. He will begin a rehab program at San-gun on April 21.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/20/2017


[4/19/2017] Hayato Takagi leaves early after hurting hand

Hayato Takagi left tonight’s game against the Yakult Swallows after suffering an injury during his at bat in the second inning.

Takagi attempted a sacrifice bunt with runners on first and second and one out in the second inning. The ball made contact near his right hand and rolled into play. He was unable to run to first. The catcher fielded the ball and completed a 2-5-3 double play to end the inning.

Takagi also took a batted ball near his chest in the first inning. He still managed to recover and throw Tetsuto Yamada out at first for the last out of the inning.

Source: Daily Sports 4/19/2017, Nikkan Sports 4/19/2017, Sponichi 4/19/2017

[UPDATE 4/20 @ 10:09pm]

Takagi was taken off the active roster today.

Source: Sponichi 4/20/2017

NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 24 15 8 1
Hanshin 21 12 9 0
Yomiuri 22 12 10 0
Yokohama 22 9 11 2
Chunichi 23 8 12 3
Yakult 22 8 14 0
Rakuten 19 15 4 0
Orix 20 14 6 0
Seibu 20 11 9 0
Softbank 23 12 11 0
Lotte 21 6 15 0
Nippon Ham 23 5 18 0
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