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[6/9/2016] Miles Mikolas tosses bullpen session

Miles Mikolas (right shoulder) threw forty-two pitches in the bullpen on June 8. He could pitch in a Ni-gun game on June 11 against Hanshin at Koshien.

Source: Sponichi 6/9/2016

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[6/9/2016] Toshiya Sugiuchi (right hip) making progress

Toshiya Sugiuchi has been working his way back from surgery on his right hip last October. He threw off a rehab mound for the third time since the surgery on June 8. He could toss a bullpen session some time later this week. Depending on his progress, he could begin pitching at full-strength in July and face live hitters in early-August.

Source: Sponichi 6/9/2016, Nikkan Sports 6/9/2016

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[6/9/2016] Mizuno MVP of the Month Awards for May

Eastern League

Ryuzo Hijii, Lotte
22 G, 26-for-83, 7 HR, 18 RBI, 0 SB, .313 BA

Hijii played in all of his team’s games in May. He homered in three straight games beginning on May 19 and led the league in home runs in May.

Western League

Shota Tomonaga, Chunichi
18 G, 24-for-85, 0 HR, 5 RBI, 0 SB, .324 BA

Tomonaga spent most of his time batting lead-off. He led the league with twenty-four hits (tied) and seventeen runs.

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[6/9/2016] Yomiuri Giants sign Gabriel Garcia

The Yomiuri Giants announced today that they reached an agreement with twenty-seven-year-old pitcher Gabriel Garcia. He was assigned the uniform number 28 and his name will be registered as Gabriel. The media reporting that the two sides agreed to a deal worth an estimated nine million yen.

Source: Yomiuri announcement, Daily Sports 6/9/2016, Sponichi 6/9/2016

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CHU

[6/9/2016] Dayan Viciedo’s monster shot

Dayan Viciedo crushed the first pitch he saw from Takahiro Matsuba (a fastball down the middle about waist-high) in the top of the fourth inning against the Orix Buffaloes at Kyocera Dome on June 8. The ball landed on a chair in the first row of the fifth-floor area.

Articles posted after the blast mention the ball breaking the seat it landed on (these is a picture of the seat at the Daily Sports link below). Published accounts put the estimate at 135 meters, likely the distance from home plate to the area it landed.

Source: Daily Sports 6/9/2016, Sponichi 6/9/2016

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[6/8/2016] Mazda All-Star Game 2016, latest voting results from June 8

Entry Type Valid Entries Invalid Entries Total Entries
Internet 84,158 0 84,158
Mobile Phone 168,357 0 168,357
Paper 105,709 1,076 106,785
Totals 358,224 1,076 359,300

Total number of votes: 6,312,502

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YOK

[6/8/2016] Jose Lopez hurts foot during pre-game practices

Jose Lopez hurt his left foot during pre-game fielding practices on June 8. Lopez was taking fielding practice near second base when a ball hit by Elian Herrera struck his left big toe and broke the nail. He missed the Softbank game on the same day and is currently considered day-to-day.

Source: Daily Sports 6/8/2016, Sports Hochi 6/8/2016

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[6/8/2016] Daisuke Matsuzaka resumes pitching practices

Daisuke Matsuzaka resumed pitching practices on June 8 (he did two sets of about twenty throws into a net). The Hawks shut him down after he felt discomfort in his right hand (fingertips) during a Ni-gun start on May 14 against Hiroshima. Kimiyasu Kudo was on hand to watch a portion of Matsuzaka’s workouts.

Source: Tokyo Sports 6/8/2016, Nikkan Sports 6/8/2016

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[6/8/2016] Japan National Collegiate Baseball Championship: Day 3

June 8 (Wednesday)

Jingu Stadium

Game 1 – 9:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
富士大
Fuji University
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
亜細亜大
Asia University
0 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 x 4

Attendance: 3000 | official box score

Taiki Ono (Fuji), 5.2 IP, 105 NP, 25 BF, 3 H, 6 SO, 6 BB/HBP, 3 ER, 150km/h.
Takuya Ishikawa (Asia) left the game after a pitch hit him on his left cheek in the third inning. He was taken to a hospital in Tokyo for tests and diagnosed with a facial bone fracture. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/8/2016

Game 2 – 11:30

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
奈良学園大
Nara Gakuen University
0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 3
九州国際大
Kyushu Kokusai University
0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2

Attendance: 3500 | official box score

Takeshi Miyamoto (Nara Gakuen) started at short and batted third, 3-for-4 with an RBI, his solo home run in the top of the eighth decided the game.
Keisuke Suzuki (Nara Gakuen), 9.0 IP, 155 NP, 36 BF, 6 H, 12 SO, 5 BB/HBP, 2 ER.

Game 3 – 14:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R
関西国際大
Kansai Kokusai University
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
明治大
Meiji University
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1

Attendance: 4000 | official box score

Hiromasa Saito (Meiji), 6.0 IP, 72 NP, 21 BF, 4 H, 4 SO, 1 BB/HBP, 0 ER.
Yuya Yanagi (Meiji), 3.2 IP, 57 NP, 14 BF, 2 H, 7 SO, 1 BB/HBP, 0 ER.

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Tokyo Dome

Game 1 – 9:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
東海大北海道
Tokai University Hokkaido
0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 4
立命館大
Ritsumeikan University
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Attendance: 1500 | official box score

Koya Mizuno (Tokai), 9.0 IP, 149 NP, 34 BF, 5 H, 16 SO, 2 BB/HBP, 0 ER, 145km/h.

Game 2 – 11:30

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R
福井工業大
Fukui Kogyo University
0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
上武大
Jobu University
0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1x 3

Attendance: 2500 | official box score

Game 3 – 14:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
東北福祉大
Tohoku Fukushi University
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
九州産業大
Kyushu Sangyo University
0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2

Attendance: 1500 | official box score

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[6/8/2016] Takayuki Kishi gives up a run in Ni-gun rehab start

Takayuki Kishi started a Ni-gun rehab game earlier today against Rakuten at Seibu 2 Stadium. He gave up a run on four hits over 5.2 innings of work. He threw eighty-one pitches (one over the scheduled limit), struck out seven, walked one, and topped out at 147km/h.

Kishi could return to the active roster in time for a start on June 17 against Yakult at Jingu Stadium.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/8/2016, Tokyo Sports 6/8/2016, Sponichi 6/8/2016, Nikkan Sports 6/8/2016

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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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