40th Japan-USA University Baseball Championship Schedule

Gm  Date Start Venue Home Score Away
1 07/12 Tue 18:00 HARD OFF ECO Stadium Niigata Japan 2-1 USA
2 07/13 Wed 18:00 HARD OFF ECO Stadium Niigata USA 0-1 Japan
Make-up 07/14 Thu 12:00 HARD OFF ECO Stadium Niigata      
3 07/15 Fri 18:00 Meiji Jingu Stadium Japan 0-1 USA
4 07/16 Sat 18:30 Shizuoka Kusanagi Baseball Stadium USA 10-2 Japan
5 07/17 Sun 18:00 Shizuoka Kusanagi Baseball Stadium Japan 5-4 USA
Make-up 07/18 Mon 11:00 Meiji Jingu Stadium      


  • Each team will be made up of twenty-four players.
  • Japan will be on the first base side of the field with the USA on the third base side.
  • The designated hitter will be used.
  • Tie-break rules will be used beginning in the tenth inning (runners on first and second and no out).
  • Games will be called if there is a ten run difference after seven inning.
  • Games will become official after five innings.
  • The official tournament baseball is the Mizuno 200.

[7/10/2016] Samurai Japan blanks Niigata Iryo Fukushi in practice game

The Samurai Japan collegiate team played a practice game against Niigata Iryo Fukushi University at HARD OFF ECO Stadium Niigata earlier today. Haruhiro Hamaguchi started the game and tossed four shutout innings. He faced thirteen hitters, did not allow a hit or a walk, and struck out ten. Shunpei Yoshikawa (two innings, six hitters), Masashi Ito (one inning), Hiromasa Saito (one inning), and Koya Mizuno (one inning) also pitched in the game. The five pitchers combined for a no-hitter and recorded a total twenty strikeouts against Niigata Iryo.

The offense scored a run in the seventh (a single and a stolen base by Chihiro Onishi, and an RBI single to left by Takuya Sato), a run in the eighth (with the help of an error), and two in the ninth (timely hits from Yusuke Oyama and Naoki Yoshikawa).

Samurai Japan beat Niigata Iryo 4-0.

The Japan-USA University Baseball Championship begins on July 12.

Source: Samurai Japan announcement, Sports Hochi 7/10/2016


[7/10/2016] Norio Tanabe’s job secure at least until the end of the season

Seibu Lions official Haruhiko Suzuki told reporters they had no plans to replace Norio Tanabe in the middle of season. Former manager Haruki Ihara left his position early in 2014.

Source: Daily Sports 7/10/2016


[7/10/2016] Tomoyuki Sugano sets new career high in strikeouts

Tomoyuki Sugano recorded his fourth complete game victory of the season on July 9 against Yokohama at Tokyo Dome. He is the first Yomiuri pitcher to record at least four complete game victories before the All-Star break since Tetsuya Utsumi racked up five in 2006 and the first right-handed Yomiuri pitcher since Koji Uehara notched four in 2002.

Sugano also set a career high for strikeouts in a game on July 9 with thirteen. He set his previous high of twelve twice: against Seibu on May 18, 2013 and against Hanshin on April 28, 2016.

Source: Sanspo 7/10/2016


[7/10/2016] Kazuhisa Makita tosses shutout inning in rehab outing

Kazuhisa Makita (right knee) pitched in a Ni-gun rehab game against Nippon Ham at Kamagaya earlier today. He entered the game in the seventh and gave up one hit in a shutout inning of relief. All three outs came on infield grounders.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/10/2016


[7/10/2016] Tetsuto Yamada hits 100th career home run

View post on imgur.com

Tetsuto Yamada blasted the 100th home run of his career during tonight’s game against the Chunichi Dragons at Jingu Stadium. He is the 277th player in NPB history to reach the milestone. At twenty-three years and eleven months, he is the youngest player in Yakult history to hit 100 home runs (tied for eighth with Masayuki Kakefu on the all-time list). The previous record of twenty-four years and seven months was held by Takahiro Ikeyama.

Yamada hit his first home run on at Tokyo Dome against Yomiuri on August 10, 2012.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/10/2016, Sponichi 7/10/2016, Daily Sports 7/10/2016


Injury Update: Yoshinori Sato

This is a brief summary of Yoshinori Sato’s injury history, according to Nikkan Sports.

  • September 9, 2011 – He developed tightness in his right shoulder and was taken off the active roster.
  • February 27, 2012 – He pitched two innings in a practice game against KIA and gave up one hit, struck out three, and topped out at 151km/h.
  • April 13, 2012 – He started a practice game against Mitsubishi Juko and gave up three runs on eight hits over eight innings of work. He topped out at 146km/h.
  • April 21, 2012 – He missed a Ni-gun start against Yomiuri because of discomfort in his right shoulder.
  • May 24, 2012 – He was diagnosed with an avulsion fracture in his left tibial tuberosity.
  • April 11, 2013 – He had surgery to clean out his right labrum and rotator cuff.
  • June 5, 2014 – He threw forty-one pitches during batting practice. He faced hitters for the first time in 783 days.
  • June 14, 2014 – He started a game against the Futures. He did not allow a run or hit in an inning of work and topped out at 155km/h. It was his first game in 792 days.
  • August 6, 2014 – He started a Ni-gun game against Yomiuri and gave up three runs on three hits over five innings of work. He complained of discomfort in his right shoulder after the start.
  • November 16, 2016 – He pitched in a game against Matsuyama Phoenix and did not allow a run or a hit over two innings of work. He topped out at 148km/h.
  • February 22, 2015 – He pitched in an exhibition game against Nippon Ham. He tossed two shutout innings and allowed one hit. He topped out at 151km/h.
  • March 11, 2015 – He pitched in an exhibition game against Orix and allowed one hit over three shutout innings. He topped out at 150km/h.
  • November 12, 2015 – He signed an Ikusei contract.
  • July 5, 2016 – He returned to the seventy-man roster.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/10/2016


[7/10/2016] Ricardo Nanita hurt after attempting diving catch

Ricardo Nanita suffered an injury (either his right or left side) when he dove for a baseball while playing defense in the fifth inning against the Yakult Swallows at Jingu Stadium earlier today. He had to be taken off the field on a stretcher and was taken to a hospital during the game.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/10/2016, Sports Hochi 7/10/2016, Sponichi 7/10/2016, Daily Sports 7/10/2016

[UPDATE @ 10:43pm]

Nanita was taken to a hospital in Tokyo and diagnosed with a bruise on the right side of his chest.

Source: Sanspo 7/10/2016

[UPDATE 7/12 @ 12:28am]

Nanita was with the team but was not available to play in tonight’s game against Yokohama at Yokohama Stadium. He was able to do some light practices before the game (running is not a problem). The Bay Stars are not expected to take him off the active roster.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/11/2016


[7/10/2016] Shohei Otani leaves game with blister

Shohei Otani left his start against the Chiba Lotte Marines at Sapporo Dome with torn blister on his right middle finger (he left the game with runners on first and second and one out in the seventh inning). The condition of Otani’s blister is bad enough that it might force him to sit out the All-Star series.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/10/2016, Sports Hochi 7/10/2016

[UPDATE 7/12 @ 6:54pm]

The NPB is discussing the possibility of allowing Otani to participate in the series as a hitter, despite making the roster as a pitcher. There are no specific rules about how pitchers are supposed to be used during the series, so the NPB may allow it.

Otani’s first priority is still to get himself ready to pitch. He might not be able to throw at full strength, but he might be able to get through an inning.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/12/2016, Sponichi 7/12/2016


[7/10/2016] Yakult Swallows hit one million in attendance

The Yakult Swallows hit one million in attendance today. They reached the milestone in their forty-third home game of the year, four games fewer than last year.


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
Don't forget to check these out!