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[7/17/2016] Seibu Lions: starting pitchers for the first two series

Possible starting pitchers for the first two series after the break, according to Sanspo:

Against Lotte at Seibu Prince Dome

  • July 18 – Takayuki Kishi
  • July 19 – Felipe Paulino

Against Softbank at YafuOku Dome

  • July 22 – Kona Takahashi
  • July 23 – Ken Togame
  • July 24 – Ryoma Nogami

Source: Sanspo 7/17/2016

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[7/17/2016] Makoto Aiuchi to pitch in a Ni-gun game on July 19

Makoto Aiuchi (right shoulder) is slated to pitch one inning in a Ni-gun game against Lotte at Seibu 2 Stadium on July 19. He threw twenty-eight pitches in the bullpen on July 17 in preparation for the start.

This will be Makoto’s first official game of the year — he pitched in a batting practice scrimmage on February 8.

Source: Sanspo 7/17/2016

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[7/17/2016] Yusei Kikuchi to start Ni-gun game on July 22

Yusei Kikuchi (right side) is set to pitch in a Ni-gun rehab game on July 19 against Lotte at Seibu 2 Stadium. He will start the game and throw about thirty pitches.

Source: Sponichi 7/17/2016

[UPDATE 7/18 @ 11:40am]

Kikuchi was scratched from his Ni-gun start on July 19 because coaches felt he needed more time to get his arm ready. He did throw thirty-one pitches in the bullpen on July 17. He is now projected to return to the active roster in August.

Source: Sanspo 7/18/2016

[UPDATE 7/19 @ 12:37am]

Kikuchi is now scheduled to start a Ni-gun game on July 22 against Yokohama at Bay Stars Stadium. He will start the game and throw about thirty pitches. The coaches set his schedule after they were able to confirm he felt no pain in his right side a day after his last bullpen session on July 17.

Source: Sanspo 7/18/2016

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[7/17/2016] Toshiki Sakurai pitches two innings in San-gun practice game

Toshiki Sakurai (right elbow) started a San-gun practice game against the BC League’s Toyama GRN Thunderbirds on July 16. He pitched two innings, allowed a run on two hits, walked/hit two, and struck out none. He threw forty pitches and topped out at 143km/h. This was his first game since March 30 (vs Yokohama at Yokohama Stadium).

Source: Sponichi 7/17/2016

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[7/17/2016] 87th Inter-City Tournament: Day 3

Game 1 – 10:29

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
日本新薬
Nippon Shinyaku
0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0 5 12 0
Honda熊本
Honda Kumamoto
0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 5 1

Official Box Score

  • Kazuya Tanaka started in left and batted third for Nippon Shinyaku. He went 2-for-5: 1B8, F9, 2B7/8, F7, F4.
  • Hiroki Ueda entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Nippon Shinyaku in the eighth inning and hit a three-run homerun.
  • Hiroki Enokida got the start for Nippon Shinyaku. He gave up two runs (earned) on five hits over seven innings of work. He faced twenty-seven hitters, walked one, and struck out three.

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Game 2 – 14:10

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Honda鈴鹿
Honda Suzuka
1 0 0 2 1 3 1 0 2 10 15 0
JFE西日本
JFE Nishi Nihon
0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 3

Official Box Score

  • Yoshiki Minami (Toho Gas) got the start at third and batted third for Honda Suzuka. He went 4-for-5: 2B9 one RBI, G3-DP, 2B8 one RBI, 2B9 one RBI, 1B4.
  • Shun Agena started in right and batted eighth. He went 2-for-2: SH, 3B7/8 two RBI, 1B1b.
  • Katsunori Hirai started the game for Honda Suzuka. He allowed a run on four hits over eight innings. He faced twenty-nine hitters, walked two, and struck out six.

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Game 3 – 18:17

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
JR東日本
JR Higashi Nihon
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
王子
Oji
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 1

Official Box Score

  • Shinsuke Kato (Shin Nittetsu Sumikin Tokai REX) started in left and batted sixth. He went 2-for-4: 1B7, F4, SH, F8, HR7/8 two RBI (walk-off).
  • Hitoshi Kodo tossed a shutout for Oji. Final line: 10.0 IP, 38 BF, 5 H, 2 BB, 8 SO, 0 ER.
  • Daiki Tajima started the game for JR Higashi Nihon. He gave up two runs (earned) on seven hits over 9.1 innings of work. He faced forty-two hitters, six walks, and struck out seven.

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ORI

[7/17/2016] Orix Buffaloes: The Origin of Bs

The Orix Buffaloes announced that they will be hosting The Origin of Bs in September. Players and coaches will wear uniforms that were worn between 1989 and 1990.

The Origin of Bs

Schedule

  • September 3 (Sat) vs Nippon Ham at Hotto Motto Field Kobe
  • September 4 (Sun) vs Nippon Ham at Hotto Motto Field Kobe
  • September 11 (Sun) vs Lotte at Kyocera Dome

Source: Orix announcement (image taken from announcement)

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[7/17/2016] Steve Delabar tosses an inning in BP scrimmage

Steve Delabar pitched in a batting practice scrimmage at Mazda Stadium today. He faced four hitters, including Kosuke Tanaka and Tetsuya Kokubo. He threw seventeen pitches, walked one, and did not allow a hit. He topped out at 150km/h.

Source: Daily Sports 7/17/2016

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[7/17/2016] Samurai Japan to play four exhibition games in November

Samurai Japan announced today that they will be playing four exhibition games at Tokyo Dome in November.

  • November 10 (Thu) – Mexico
  • November 11 (Fri) – Mexico
  • November 12 (Sat) – Netherlands
  • November 13 (Sun) – Netherlands

There will be designated hitters and the official WBC baseball will be used. Extra innings will be played using tie-break rules.

Source: Samurai Japan announcement

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[7/17/2016] Yakult’s Ryosuke Yagi headed to Orix for Kazuki Kondo

The Orix Buffaloes and Yakult Swallows announced that they reached an agreement on a trade that will send Ryosuke Yagi to Orix for Kazuki Kondo.

The trade is expected to helps both teams fill holes on their roster: the Swallows were looking for extra options for their starting rotation while the Buffaloes were in need of a left-hander for their staff.

The Buffaloes will hold a press conference for Yagi on July 21. He has been assigned the uniform number 65.

Source: Yakult announcement, Orix announcement, Daily Sports 7/17/2016

[UPDATE 7/20 @ 10:51pm]

The Swallows held a press conference for Kondo today. He was assigned the uniform number 70.

Source: Yakult announcement

[UPDATE 7/21 @ 11:43pm]

The Buffaloes held a press conference for Yagi earlier today.

Source: Orix announcement

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[7/17/2016] Rakuten Eagles added Sho Miyagawa to seventy-man roster

The Rakuten Eagles announced today that they added Ikusei player Sho Miyagawa to their seventy-man roster. His uniform number will change from 121 to 90.

Miyagawa was selected in the Ikusei draft in 2012. He made the seventy-man roster in 2013, but was moved back to the Ikusei roster after right elbow surgery in 2014.

Source: Rakuten announcement

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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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