Possible starting pitchers for the first two series after the break, according to Sanspo:
Against Lotte at Seibu Prince Dome
Against Softbank at YafuOku Dome
Source: Sanspo 7/17/20160 Comments
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 7/17/20160 Comments
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 7/18/20160 Comments
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 7/17/20160 Comments
Game 1 – 10:29
Game 2 – 14:10
JFE Nishi Nihon
Game 3 – 18:17
JR Higashi Nihon
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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.
Source: Orix announcement (image taken from announcement)0 Comments
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 7/17/20160 Comments
Samurai Japan announced today that they will be playing four exhibition games at Tokyo Dome in November.
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 announcement0 Comments
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.
[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 announcement0 Comments
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 announcement0 Comments