ORI

[5/15/2018] Yuki Nishi slated to earn FA option on May 20

Twenty-seven-year-old Yuki Nishi is currently slated to earn his domestic free agent option on May 20 (assuming he remains on the active roster). The Orix Buffaloes are interested in keeping him in Osaka and are planning to show their sincerity by meeting him mid-season. They also want to gauge his interest. They could offer him a multi-year deal during the off-season.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/15/2018, Daily Sports 5/15/2018, Sponichi 5/15/2018

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[5/14/2018] Fresh All-Star Game 2018 Recommended Players

The NPB released a list of current recommended players for the Fresh All-Star Game 2018. Final rosters (twenty-one players) will be released on June 29 (Fri).

Source: NPB 5/14/2018

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[5/14/2018] Pro Yakyu Fresh All-Star Game 2018 Details

The NPB released additional details for the Pro Yakyu Fresh All-Star Game 2018 on May 14.

  • Pro Yakyu Fresh All-Star Game 2018
  • Haruka Yume Stadium at Hirosaki Sports Park
  • July 12 (Thu) at 18:00 / gates open at 15:30
  • Alternate: July 13 (Fri) at 13:00 / gates open at 10:30
  • First Base Side: Western League
  • Third Base Side: Eastern League
  • Home Team: Western League
  • Broadcast: BS-TBS, SKYA

Advance tickets will be sold by Lawson Ticket between May 15 (Tue) at 10:00 and May 21 (Mon) at 18:00. Regular tickets will become available on May 22 (Tue) at 10:00.

Source: NPB 5/14/2018

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CHU

[5/13/2018] Daisuke Matsuzaka leaves start with calf tightness

Daisuke Matsuzaka started a game against the Yomiuri Giants at Tokyo Dome on May 13 and left in the middle of the third inning because of tightness in his right calf.

Matsuzaka faced thirteen batters and gave up four runs on four hits and two walks. He threw forty-one pitches before he left the game.

Source: Daily Sports 5/13/2018, Sports Hochi 5/13/2018, Sponichi 5/13/2018, Sponichi 5/13/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/13/2018, Tokyo Sports 5/13/2018

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RAK

[5/13/2018] Japhet Amador taken off active roster

Japhet Amador was taken off the active roster today. Rakuten officials told the media he was having problems with his left knee and was diagnosed with pes anserine bursitis in his left knee on May 12. The Eagles do not think it will too long to heal.

Source: Sanspo 5/13/2018

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HAM

[5/13/2018] Oswaldo Arcia out with tight hamstring

Oswaldo Arcia was taken off the active roster today due to tightness in his left hamstring. Hideki Kuriyama told reporters the move was a precaution and that if he was pressed to play, he probably could have.

Source: Sanspo 5/13/2018

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[5/13/2018] Schedule Changes

The following addition was made to the Central League schedule.

  • September 21 – Hanshin Tigers vs Hiroshima Carp at Mazda Stadium – 18:00 (May 13 rain out)

Source: Hiroshima 5/13/2018

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[5/12/2018] Japan Student Baseball Association Punishments

The Japan Student Baseball Association met on May 11 to determine punishments for the following cases:

High School

Game Suspensions

広島商(広島)
Hiroshima Shogyo (Hiroshima)
部員の部内暴力
Violence (internal)
4月20日から7月6日まで
From April 20 until July 6
神村学園(鹿児島)
Kamimura Gakuen (Kagoshima)
部員の部内暴力
Violence (internal)
4月3日から7月6日まで
From April 3 until July 6
小倉(福岡)
Kokura (Fukuoka)
部員の行き過ぎた部内指導
Excessive coaching by players
4月7日から1カ月
One month beginning on April 7
酒田南(山形)
Sakata Minami (Yamagata)
部員の部内暴力
Violence (internal)
4月13日から1カ月
One month beginning on April 13
精華(大阪)
Seika (Osaka)
部員の部内暴力
Violence (internal)
4月16日から3カ月
Three months beginning on April 16

Suspensions

希望が丘(福岡)の監督
Kibogaoka (Fukuoka) manager
新入生徒練習参加規定違反
Violation of new student practice regulations
4月6日から1カ月
One month beginning on April 6
金沢龍谷(石川)の監督
Kanazawa Ryukoku (Ishikawa) manager
部内暴力、暴言
Violence and abusive language
4月4日から3カ月
Three months beginning on April 4
高知(高知)の部長
Kochi (Kochi) director
報告遅れ
Delayed report
4月23日から3カ月
Three months beginning on April 23
鳥羽(京都)の部長
Toba (Kyoto) director
部内暴力、暴言
Violence and abusive language
5月9日から3カ月
Three months beginning on May 9
校名非公表
Undisclosed High School advisor
顧問の人権侵害行為
Human rights violation
4月4日から無期
Indefinite, beginning on April 4

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Source: Mainichi 5/11/2018, Jiji 5/11/2018

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YOM

[5/11/2018] New Tokyo Dome Attendance Record

The Yomiuri Giants took on the Chunichi Dragons at Tokyo Dome on May 11. Tomoyuki Sugano tossed a five-hit shutout in front of 46,855 fans, most at Tokyo Dome since attendance figures became public in 2005. The previous record of 46,831 was set during a Hiroshima – Yomiuri game on July 12, 2012.

Source: Sanspo 5/11/2018, Sponichi 5/11/2018

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HIR

[5/11/2018] Yoshiyuki Ishihara first Carp catcher to reach 1,000 hits

Yoshiyuki Ishihara became the 292nd player in NPB history to reach the 1,000-hit milestone when he recorded a single to left off Atsushi Nomi during a game against the Hanshin Tigers at Mazda Stadium on May 11. Ishihara also hit a two-run home run in the first inning and a single to center in the seventh.

Ishihara is the twenty-first Hiroshima Carp (also first Hiroshima Carp catcher) to record 1,000 hits. At thirty-eight years and eight months, he is the oldest player to make it to 1,000 hits. The previous record of thirty-eight years and three months was set by Hirotoshi Kitagawa in 2010.

Source: Daily Sports 5/11/2018, Daily Sports 5/11/2018, Tokyo Sports 5/11/2018, Sanspo 5/11/2018

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hiroshima 143 88 51 4
Hanshin 143 78 61 4
Yokohama 143 73 65 5
Yomiuri 143 72 68 3
Chunichi 143 59 79 5
Yakult 143 45 96 2
G W L T
Softbank 143 94 49 0
Seibu 143 79 61 3
Rakuten 143 77 63 3
Orix 143 63 79 1
Nippon Ham 143 60 83 0
Lotte 143 54 87 2
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