[6/3/2016] Mazda All-Star Game 2016, latest voting results from June 3

Entry Type Valid Entries Invalid Entries Total Entries
Internet 45,804 0 45,804
Mobile Phone 101,811 0 101,811
Paper 45,885 367 46,252
Totals 193,500 367 193,867

Total number of votes: 3,474,357



[6/3/2016] Injury update: Kentaro Nishimura

Kentaro Nishimura was added to the active roster on June 2. Nishimura had surgery to remove loose cartilage in his right elbow in September last year. He spent most of his time rehabbing the elbow during spring camp.

Nishimura played in his first rehab game at San-gun in April. He moved up to Ni-gun on May 10 and pitch in five more rehab games before he was called up on June 2 (6.0 IP, 22 BF, 6 H, 1 BB, 6 SO, 1.50 ERA, 1.17 WHIP).

Source: Tokyo Sports 6/2/2016


[6/3/2016] Kona Takahashi strikeouts out eleven in complete game victory

Kona Takahashi recorded a complete game victory against the Yokohama Bay Stars at Seibu Prince Dome on June 2. In the process, he recorded at least one strikeout in each of the nine innings he pitched for a total eleven (one in each inning, except for the sixth and eighth, where he struck out two each).

Takahashi (nineteen years and three months) is the ninth player under twenty to record a strikeout in every inning, first since Yu Darvish (nineteen years and nine months) on June 6, 2006 against Hanshin. Only one other Seibu pitcher has accomplished the feat: Daisuke Matsuzaka (eighteen years and eleven months) on September 2, 1999 against Nippon Ham.

Source: Sponichi 6/3/2016, Sponichi 6/3/2016, Nikkan Sports 6/3/2016, Sanspo 6/3/2016


[6/3/2016] Kenta Imamiya, youngest to 200 sac hits

Kenta Imamiya notched his 200th career sac hit during last night’s (June 2) game against the Chunichi Dragons at YafuOku Dome and became the thirty-eighth player in NPB history to reach the milestone. He recorded his first sac hit on April 29, 2012 against the Chiba Lotte Marines at QVC Marine.

At twenty-four years and ten months, Imamiya also became the youngest player to reach 200 sac hits. The previous record of twenty-seven years and nine months belonged to Masahiro Kawai.

Imamiya recorded his 200th sac hit in his 622nd game. Only Kawai managed to reach 200 sac hits in fewer games at 590.

Source: Sponichi 6/3/2016


[6/3/2016] Shinnosuke Abe could revisit first base

Shinnosuke Abe will most likely get the start at first base during the Yomiuri Giants’ three-game series against the Nippon Ham Fighters that begins tonight at Tokyo Dome.

Source: Sponichi 6/3/2016


[6/3/2016] Takayuki Kato leaves after getting hit by batted ball

Takayuki Kato took a ball hit by Tomotaka Sakaguchi off the area near his left shin while pitching in the third inning of last night’s (June 2) game against the Yakult Swallows at Sapporo Dome. He had difficulty walking and was removed from the game.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/2/2016, Sanspo 6/2/2016


[6/3/2016] JUBF Samurai Japan Preliminary Roster

The All Japan University Baseball Federation released a list of candidate players that will be participating in a mini-camp for the Japan-USA University Baseball Championship. The mini-camp will take place at the Batting Palace Soseki Stadium Hiratsuka between June 17 (Friday) and 19 (Sunday).

Source: JUBF announcement



[6/2/2016] Shu Hara makes Ni-gun debut

Shu Hara made his Ni-gun debut earlier today against Yakult at Lotte Urawa Stadium. He started the game and gave up two runs (both earned) on a hit and two walks over four innings of work. He threw sixty-five pitches, faced fourteen hitters, struck out three, and topped out at 145km/h. He surrendered a two-run home run to Kotaro Yamasaki in the fourth inning.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/2/2016, Sponichi 6/2/2016


[6/2/2016] Soichiro Tateoka resumes playing catch

Soichiro Tateoka (left side) resumed playing catch earlier today at Giants Stadium. He managed to work his way out to  about twenty meters. He also took some light soft-toss batting practice.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/2/2016


[6/2/2016] Daichi Osera pitches two innings in rehab game

Daichi Osera (right elbow) started a Ni-gun rehab game against Hanshin at Naruohama on June 2. He pitched two innings and gave up three runs on five hits. He threw forty-one pitches, topped out at 139km/h, and struck out two.

Source: Daily Sports 6/2/2016, Sponichi 6/2/2016, Daily Sports 6/3/2016