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[8/14/2016] Japhet Amador’s wife give birth to girl

Japhet Amador’s wife gave birth to the couple’s second child, a girl weighing 3,500 grams, in Mexico on August 12.

Source: Rakuten announcement

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HAN

[8/13/2016] Randy Messenger notched fifth double-digit win season

Randy Messenger recorded a win against the Chunichi Dragons on August 12 for his tenth win of the year and fifth double-digit win season (2011-2014, 2016). Messenger and Gene Bacque are the only two foreign pitchers in franchise history to win ten or more games in five seasons (Bacque accomplished the feat in five consecutive seasons between 1964 and 1968). Only one other foreign pitcher in NPB history has more double-digit win seasons: Tai-Yuan Kuo with six (1987-1989, 1991, 1992, 1994).

Source: Sponichi 8/13/2016, Sanspo 8/13/2016

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[8/13/2016] Tiara Cup Miyagi Tournament canceled

The Japan Women’s Baseball League announced on August 13 that they decided to cancel the Tiara Cup Miyagi Ishinomaki Tournament on August 20 and 21 because they felt players were not ready to perform at an acceptable level due to their recent tight schedule. The games will not be made-up at a later date.

Source: JWBL announcement

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HAN

[8/13/2016] Matt Hague working through right shoulder pain

The media learned on August 12 that Matt Hague was battling right shoulder pain. He was getting the shoulder iced at the Naruohama facilities. He told reporters that he felt pain when he swung the bat and threw the ball. He suffered the injury last week during practices.

Source: Sanspo 8/13/2016

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CHU

[8/13/2016] Dayan Viciedo hurts left ankle

Dayan Viciedo hurt his left ankle during tonight’s game against the Hanshin Tigers at Kyocera Dome. Viciedo made a nice catch on a pop fly behind first base by Fumihito Haraguchi in the eight inning. However, as soon as he gloved the ball, Shuhei Takahshi, who was playing second for the first time in his career, crashed into him from behind. Viciedo twisted his left ankle as he feel forward. He was in pain and could not get up immediately. He was able to get onto the team bus on his own after the game, but with some difficulty. The Chunichi Dragons are planning to wait until tomorrow to see how is feeling before making any decisions on what to do next.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/13/2016, Nikkan Sports 8/13/2016

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[UPDATE 8/14 @ 8:38pm]

Viciedo was taken off the active roster today with pain in his left ankle. He was not seen at Kyocera Dome and likely returned to Nagoya.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/14/2016, Nikkan Sports 8/14/2016, Sponichi 8/14/2016

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[8/13/2016] Seiichi Uchikawa leaves game early with lower back pain

Seiichi Uchikawa made the starting line-up at first and batted fourth against Lotte at QVC Marine today. He was seen rubbing his hip after playing defense in the second inning and was replaced at first by Kenji Akashi in the third. A team spokesperson informed the media Uchikawa was getting treatment for some lower back pain that developed during the game.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/13/2016, Nikkan Sports 8/13/2016

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[8/13/2016] 98th Summer Koshien: Day 7

08:00 1 木更津総合
(千葉)
Kisarazu Sogo
Chiba
2-0 唐津商
(佐賀)
Karatsu Shogyo
Saga
10:30 2 明徳義塾
(高知)
Meitoku Gijuku
Kochi
7-2
(鳥取)
Sakai
Tottori
13:00 3 創志学園
(岡山)
Soshi Gakuen
Okayama
8-11 盛岡大付
(岩手)
Morioka Daigaku Fuzoku
Iwate
15:30 4 鳴門
(徳島)
Naruto
Tokushima
5-2 智弁学園
(奈良)
Chiben Gakuen
Nara

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ORI

[8/12/2016] Yoshio Itoi leaves after HBP

Yoshio Itoi took a pitch off his right upper arm in his first at bat in the first inning of game against the Seibu Lions at Seibu Prince Dome earlier tonight. He remained in the game and went on to steal his fortieth base of the season. He was replaced by a pinch-hitter for his at bat in the third inning as a precaution.

Source: Daily Sports 8/12/2016, Nikkan Sports 8/12/2016

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CHU

[8/12/2016] Ryosuke Hirata earns domestic FA option

Twenty-eight-year-old Ryosuke Hirata earned his domestic FA option today with eight years of service time on the active roster.

Source: Daily Sports 8/12/2016

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[8/12/2016] 98th Summer Koshien: Day 6

08:00 1 聖光学院
(福島)
Seiko Gakuin
Fukushima
5-3 クラーク
(北北海道)
Clark
Kita Hokkaido
10:30 2 松山聖陵
(愛媛)
Matsuyama Seiryo
Ehime
1-2 北海
(南北海道)
Hokkai
Minami Hokkaido
13:00 3 尽誠学園
(香川)
Jinsei Gakuen
Kagawa
0-3 作新学院
(栃木)
Sakushin Gakuin
Tochigi
15:30 4 秀岳館
(熊本)
Syugakukan
Kumamoto
6-1 常葉学園菊川
(静岡)
Tokoha Gakuen Kikugawa
Shizuoka

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