[6/27/2016] Chihiro Kaneko tosses a bullpen session

Chihiro Kaneko (right shoulder) tossed a bullpen session at Kyocera Dome on June 26 and threw seventy-eight pitches, including off-speed pitches. It was his second session since he was taken off the active roster.

Kaneko will pitch in one rehab game at Ni-gun on June 30. Assuming everything is okay, he could return to the active roster in time for a three-game series against Softbank that begins on July 5.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/27/2016, Sponichi 6/27/2016


[6/26/2016] Samurai Japan Women’s team first round of cuts

Five players did not make the cut after the Niigata two-day mini-camp over the weekend. Three more players will be cut during another mini-camp in July.

Source: Facebook 6/26/2016



[6/26/2016] Samurai Japan Women’s team practice game

The Samurai Japan Women’s national team, aka Madonna Japan, played a practice game against the Niigata Young (team of junior high school players) earlier today.

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R
Niigata Young 1 0 0 0 2 0 2 2
Madonna Japan 0 0 2 0 1 2 x 5

Pitchers: Shimizu, Miyu; Yoshii, Moemi; Mori, Wakana; Sato, Ayami
Catchers: Arisaka, Yurika; Iwasaki, Yuki; Funakoshi, Chihiro

Shimizu, Miyu – 3.0 innings, one run

Yuki Kawabata went 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBI.

Source: Daily Sports 6/26/2016, Facebook 6/26/2016


[6/26/2016] Jumpei Takahashi tops out at 151km/h in first Ni-gun start

Jumpei Takahashi made his first Ni-gun start earlier today and tossed four shutout inning against the Orix Buffaloes at Tama Home Stadium Chikugo. He gave up three hits, struck out three, and topped out at 151km/h.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/26/2016, Sponichi 6/26/2016


[6/26/2016] Shunsuke Ogasawara picks up first win at Ni-gun

Shunsuke Ogasawara started a Ni-gun game against Hanshin at Koshien Stadium earlier today and picked up his first win after turning professional. He allowed three runs on six hits and four walks over 6.1 innings of work. He threw 123 pitches, struck out five, and topped out at 143km/h.

Source: Sanspo 6/26/2016, Nikkan Sports 6/26/2016


[6/26/2016] Hideto Asamura hurts left ankle

Hideto Asamura hurt his left ankle while playing defense in the ninth inning of a game against the Chiba Lotte Marines at Seibu Prince Dome earlier today. He suffered the injury when he tried to cover first base. He will be examined at a hospital in Tokyo on June 27.

Source: Sanspo 6/26/2016, Nikkan Sports 6/26/2016

[UPDATE 6/27 @ 11:49pm]

Asamura was examined at a hospital in Tokyo before today’s game. Some inflammation was found, but no bone injuries.

Source: Sponichi 6/27/2016


[6/26/2016] Yokohama Bay Stars top one million in attendance

The Yokohama Bay Stars announced that they set a new record for fewest number of games needed to reach one million in attendance since 2005.

Source: Yokohama announcement

EoY 2005 976,004
65th game 2006/09/18 1,005,219
56th game 2007/09/02 1,014,935
63th game 2008/09/17 1,015,705
57th game 2009/08/29 1,010,825
59th game 2010/09/07 1,002,230
66th game 2011/10/02 1,006,891
60th game 2012/09/06 1,001,532
52th game 2013/08/18 1,000,066
48th game 2014/08/15 1,014,333
42th game 2015/07/14 1,023,775
38th game 2016/06/26 1,012,786



[6/26/2016] Shunsuke Fujikawa taken off field on stretcher after colliding into Masahiro Nakatani

Shunsuke Fujikawa had to be taken off the field on a stretcher after he crashed into Masahiro Nakatani on the final play of a game against the Hiroshima Carp at Mazda Stadium earlier today.

The Carp tied the score at three in the bottom of the ninth with a bases loaded, two-out RBI single to left by Tsubasa Aizawa. Rafael Dolis relieved Yuta Iwasada and got Ryuhei Matsuyama to hit a fly ball to center. Shunsuke and Nakatani ran to make the catch and crashed into each other. The ball dropped and the Carp won the game 4-3.

Nakatani was able to move around after the collision, but Shunsuke had to be taken off the field on a stretcher.

Source: Daily Sports 6/26/2016

[UPDATE 6/27 @ 2:10pm]

Shunsuke banged his right leg and right shoulder on the ground. He may have also hurt his right hand. He will be examined by the team doctor today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/27/2016, Nikkan Sports 6/27/2016

[UPDATE 6/27 @ 5:09pm]

The Tigers announced that Shunsuke suffered a bruise on his right knee.

Source: Daily Sports 6/27/2016


[6/26/2016] Eigoro Mogi leaves after getting spiked on right hand

Eigoro Mogi hurt his right hand while playing defense in the fifth inning of a game against the Softbank Hawks at kobo Stadium earlier today.

With a runner on first and no out in the fifth inning, Yuichi Honda attempted to steal second base. Mogi got into to apply a tag when Honda’s cleats caught him on the right hand. Blood was visible and he was replaced by Toshihito Abe.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/26/2016

[UPDATE @ 6:29pm]

Masataka Nashida told reporters after the game that the cut on Mogi’s hand was fairly large and would most likely require stitches. He also said stitches would require time off the active roster.

Source: Sponichi 6/26/2016

[UPDATE @ 10:57pm]

Mogi was taken to a hospital in Sendai for tests. He was diagnosed with a laceration on the back of his right hand and received sutures to close the wound. The Rakuten Eagles are expected to take him off the active roster.

Source: Sanspo 6/26/2016, Jiji 6/26/2016

[UPDATE 6/27/2016 @ 2:26pm]

Mogi needed sutures to close three lacerations on the back of his right hand.

Source: Sponichi 6/27/2016


[6/26/2016] Yoshio Itoi leaves after HBP

Yoshio Itoi took an HBP off the second toe of his left foot during his at bat in the first inning against Nippon Ham’s Shohei Otani earlier today. He was later replaced on defense in the third inning as a precaution. He was treated with ice.

Source: Daily Sports 6/26/2016

[UPDATE @ 11:00pm]

Itoi was examined at a hospital in Osaka and diagnosed with a bruise. No bone injuries were discovered.

Source: Sanspo 6/26/2016

NPB Standings [Full]
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
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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