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[5/23/2017] Yusuke Nomura leaves game after only three innings

Yusuke Nomura left tonight’s (May 23) game against the Yakult Swallows at Mazda Stadium after three innings because of tightness in his lower back. The Hiroshima Carp will wait to see how he is feeling on May 24 to decide whether or not to take him off the active roster.

Source: Sponichi 5/23/2017, Sports Hochi 5/23/2017

[UPDATE 5/24 @ 9:36pm]

Nomura was taken off the active roster today. He was examined by a team doctor at the stadium after he was pulled from last night’s game. He will be re-examined at a hospital. He was reassigned to the San-gun rehab group.

Source: Daily Sports 5/24/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/24/2017

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ORI

[5/23/2017] Kyo Okunami suspended after traffic accident

The Orix Buffaloes announced today that Kyo Okunami was involved in a traffic accident that resulted in injuries while driving with a suspended license (thirty-day suspension due to speeding). The Buffaloes are taking his actions very seriously and have already given him an indefinite suspension (no practices, dormitory confinement, dormitory service work).

The accident took place at around 19:30 on May 22. Okunami was on his way to a nearby convenient store when he attempted a left turn and crashed into a two-person motorcycle. A man and woman riding the motorcycle were taken to a hospital for minor injuries. They did not require a hospital stay.

Added additional information on 5/24/2017 @ 5:37pm.

Source: Orix 5/23/2017Daily Sports 5/23/2017, Sports Hochi 5/23/2017, Sponichi 5/23/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/23/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/24/2017Sanspo 5/23/2017, Tokyo Sports 5/23/2017

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SOF

[5/23/2017] Kenji Akashi earns domestic free agent option

Thirty-one-year-old Kenji Akashi earned his domestic free agent option today with eight years of service time on the active roster.

Source: Daily Sports 5/23/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/23/2017, Sponichi 5/23/2017

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SOF

[5/23/2017] Softbank Hawks sign ZTE to team sponsor contract

The Softbank Hawks announced today that they signed ZTE Japan to a team sponsor contract. Beginning today and running through until the end of the 2017 season, the ZTE logo will appear on Softbank practice uniforms (on the back of the uniform top, above the  number).

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[5/23/2017] Next Samurai Japan manager term to end after 2020 Olympics

The Committee to Improve Samurai Japan held a meeting in Tokyo on May 22 and confirmed that the term for the next Samurai Japan manager will end with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Depending on the outcome of the Olympics, the manager might be asked to stay on until the end of the 2021 World Baseball Classic.

Source: Daily Sports 5/23/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/23/2017

The Samurai Japan top team could head overseas in 2018 to play “road” exhibition games in preparation for the Premier 12 in 2019, the Olympics in 2020, and the World Baseball Classic  in 2021. Europe and the United States are possibilities.

Source: Sponichi 5/23/2017

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[5/23/2017] MyNavi All-Star Game 2017, latest voting results from May 22

Entry Type Valid Entries Invalid Entries Total Entries
Internet 94,905 0 94,905
Paper 927 14 941
Totals 95,832 14 95,846

Total number of votes: 1,911,255

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YOM

[5/22/2017] Tetsuya Yamaguchi taken off the active roster

Tetsuya Yamaguchi was taken off the active roster on May 22. While no specific announcement was made, he was likely removed due to an injury of some sort. The only thing Yoshinobu Takahashi told reporters was that it would be impossible for Yamaguchi to pitch for at least ten days.

Source: Sponichi 5/22/2017, Daily Sports 5/22/2017

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SOF

[5/22/2017] Tsuyoshi Wada has surgery to clean elbow

Tsuyoshi Wada had surgery to remove loose cartilage in his left elbow at a hospital in Kanagawa earlier today. He might need about three months for a full recovery.

Source: Tokyo Sports 5/22/2017, Daily Sports 5/22/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/22/2017, Sponichi 5/22/2017

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HAN

[5/22/2017] Kosuke Fukudome re-earns domestic FA option

Forty-year-old Kosuke Fukudome re-earned his free agent option today. He earned and exercised his first option in 2007.

Source: Daily Sports 5/22/2017

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Victoria Series: Hyogo Dione, Kyoto Flora, Saitama Astraia – May 17,20,21

May 17 at Wakasa Stadium Kyoto – 18:30

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Hyogo Dione 7 0 5 2 0 0 0 14 18 0
Kyoto Flora 0 2 0 0 0 4 1 7 11 0

WP: Ayami Sato (6 G, 4-0, 1 Sv)
LP: Ayaka Nagao (9 G, 0-2, 1 Sv)

Game Time: 2h11m
Attendance: 554

Hero Interview

  • Tomomi Nakada = 1-for-4: HR9 two RBI, G1, BB, G4, L4. She recorded the first home run of her career.
  • Minami = 2-for-2: HR7 two RBI, 2B7 one RBI, BB, BB. She became the first player to hit the second home run of an inning.

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May 20 at Koshigaya Stadium – 13:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Hyogo Dione 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 3 7 1
Saitama Astraia 0 2 1 1 0 0 × 4 12 2

WP: Rina Taniyama (8 G, 2-0)
Sv: Mai Yamazaki (8 G, 0-1, 1 Sv)
LP: Yuki Izumi (6 G, 3-1, 1 Sv)

Game Time: 2h17m
Attendance: 412

Hero Interview

  • Rina Taniyama = 25 BF, 94 NP, 5.1 IP, 7 H, 1 SO, 2 BB, 3 R, 3 ER. She picked up her first win as a starter with her new team.
  • Chihiro Sato = 2-for-2: 1B7, 1B8 two RBI, BB, BB. She reached base four times and recorded two hits and two RBI.
  • Miku Kayano = 3-for-3: 1B7, 1B7, 3B8/9. She recorded up a modasho.

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May 21 at Koshigaya Stadium – 13:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Hyogo Dione 0 0 0 0 1 2 4 7 12 1
Saitama Astraia 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 4 8 1

WP: Meguna Furuya (6 G, 2-2, 1 Sv)
Sv: Ayami Sato (7 G, 4-0, 2 Sv)
LP: Mai Yamazaki (9 G, 0-2, 1 Sv)

Game Time: 2h8m
Attendance: 577

Hero Interview

  • Tomomi Nakada = 3-for-3: 1B9, BB, 2B7, 2B7 two RBI. She recorded three hits and gave her team a one-run lead in the seventh.

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hiroshima 49 29 19 1
Hanshin 46 27 19 0
Yomiuri 47 23 24 0
Yokohama 48 22 24 2
Yakult 47 20 27 0
Chunichi 49 19 27 3
G W L T
Rakuten 42 30 12 0
Softbank 49 30 19 0
Seibu 45 25 19 1
Nippon Ham 46 19 27 0
Orix 46 19 27 0
Lotte 48 14 33 1
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