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.
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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.
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Possible starting pitchers for the first two series after the break, according to Sanspo:
Against Yokohama at Jingu Stadium
Against Chunichi at Nagoya Dome
Kyohei Muranaka and Yoshihisa Naruse will be used as relievers.
Source: Sanspo 7/17/20160 Comments
Game 1 – 10:34
JFE Higashi Nihon
Game 2 – 14:40
Game 3 – 18:12
NTT Nishi Nihon
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Game 2 Home Run Derby Results at Yokohama Stadium
There is a good chance Daichi Osera (right elbow) will be ready to return to the active roster in time for a start on July 20 against Chunichi at Mazda Stadium.
Source: Sponichi 7/16/2016
2016 Ni-gun Games
Yoshinori Sato is slated to make his second Ichi-gun start of the year on July 24 against Chunichi at Nagoya Dome.
Source: Sanspo 7/15/20160 Comments
The Hanshin Tigers announced that Taichi Okazaki had surgery to treat a hamate bone fracture in his left hand/wrist at a hospital in Osaka. He was taken off the active roster on July 14.
[UPDATE 7/16 @ 2:47pm]
Okazaki may have suffered the fracture during an at bat on July 12 against Yakult at Nagano. He was available to play the following day (his left hand taped up), but did not.
Source: Sponichi 7/16/20160 Comments
The Yakult Swallows announced that Logan Ondrusek will return to the United States with his family after he received about a week of paid leave. His departure and return date have not yet been set.
[UPDATE 7/18 @ 5:06pm]
Team official Tsuyoshi Kinugasa told reporters Ondrusek has a clause in his contract that grants him one week of paid leave. He also hinted there was a possibility he might not return.
Source: Daily Sports 7/18/20160 Comments