[7/17/2016] Samurai Japan to play four exhibition games in November

Samurai Japan announced today that they will be playing four exhibition games at Tokyo Dome in November.

  • November 10 (Thu) – Mexico
  • November 11 (Fri) – Mexico
  • November 12 (Sat) – Netherlands
  • November 13 (Sun) – Netherlands

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 announcement

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[7/17/2016] Yakult’s Ryosuke Yagi headed to Orix for Kazuki Kondo

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.

Source: Yakult announcement, Orix announcement, Daily Sports 7/17/2016

[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 announcement

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[7/17/2016] Rakuten Eagles added Sho Miyagawa to seventy-man roster

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 announcement

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[7/17/2016] Yakult Swallows: starting pitchers for the first two series

Possible starting pitchers for the first two series after the break, according to Sanspo:

Against Yokohama at Jingu Stadium

  • July 18 – Masanori Ishikawa
  • July 19 – Toshihiro Sugiura
  • July 20 – Yasuhiro Ogawa

Against Chunichi at Nagoya Dome

  • July 22 – Shohei Tateyama
  • July 23 – Hirofumi Yamanaka
  • July 24 – Yoshinori

Kyohei Muranaka and Yoshihisa Naruse will be used as relievers.

Source: Sanspo 7/17/2016

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[7/16/2016] 87th Inter-City Tournament: Day 2

Game 1 – 10:34

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
JFE東日本
JFE Higashi Nihon
2 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 9 0
ヤマハ
Yamaha
4 0 1 0 3 0 1 0 × 9 14 0

Official Box Score

  • Hayato Yahata got the start in center and batted third for Yamaha. He went 4-for-5: 1B7, 1B8, 1B9, 2B7, G6.
  • Koki Hayama started at third and batted sixth for Yamaha. He went 1-for-3: BB, G1, HR7 three RBI, F9.
  • Takuro Kono got the start at second batted seventh for Yamaha. He went 3-for-4: 2B9 two RBI, 1B6, Ks, 1B8.
  • Hiroshi Suzuki pitched a shutout inning in relief. He faced five hits, allowed one hit, walked one, and struck out one. He threw eighteen pitches, including one curveball. He topped out at 151km/h. Source: Sponichi 7/16/2016

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Game 2 – 14:40

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
トヨタ自動車
Toyota Jidosha
0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 8 0
七十七銀行
Shichiju-shichi Ginko
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1

Official Box Score

  • Yudai Fujioka started in right and batted lead-off for Toyota. He went 4-for-5: 1B4, F5, 1B8, 1B9, 1B9.
  • Katsutoshi Satake tossed a shutout for Toyota. Final line: 9.0 IP, 32 BF, 4 H, 2 HBP/BB, 13 SO, 0 ER.

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Game 3 – 18:12

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
NTT西日本
NTT Nishi Nihon
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
東京ガス
Tokyo Gas
1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 × 2 5 1

Official Box Score

  • Masakazu Kuroda started at first and batted fourth. He went 2-for-4: 1B9 one RBI, Kl, 1B7 one RBI, G4.
  • Taisuke Yamaoka got the start for Tokyo Gas and recorded a shutout. Final line: 9.0, 29 BF, 3 H, 0 BB, 8 SO, 0 ER.
  • Kazuhiko Yoshimoto was NTT Nishi Nihon’s starter. He gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits, one walk and one HBP over six innings of work.

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[7/16/2016] Mazda All-Star Game 2016: Ernesto Mejia wins Game 2 HR Derby

Game 2 Home Run Derby Results at Yokohama Stadium

Match-up 1

  • Tetsuto Yamada – 0
  • Shohei Otani – 1 (six outs)

Match-up 2

  • Ernesto Mejia – 7
  • Yoshitomo Tsutsugo – 3

Finals

  • Shohei Otani – 0
  • Ernesto Mejía – 1 (four outs)
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[7/16/2016] Daichi Osera could pitch in first Ichi-gun game on July 20

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

Date Opp Desc GS NP MaxV IP BF H HR BB HBP SO WP BK R ER ERA BB/9 K/9 WHIP
06/02 Thu Hanshin   1 41 139 2.0 11 5 0 0 0 2 0 1 3 3 13.50 0.00 9.00 2.50
06/15 Wed Hanshin   1 76 145 3.0 17 4 0 3 0 4 0 0 3 1 7.20 5.40 10.80 2.40
06/22 Wed Orix W 1 119 144 6.0 26 7 1 2 0 2 0 0 3 3 5.73 4.09 6.55 1.91
07/01 Fri Chunichi   1 96 145 7.0 22 2 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 0 3.50 2.50 8.00 1.28
07/10 Sun Orix   1 121 147

7.1

30 9 0 0 0 3 0 0 2 2 3.20 1.78 6.75 1.26
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[7/15/2016] Yoshinori Sato slated to get next Ichi-gun start on July 24

Yoshinori Sato is slated to make his second Ichi-gun start of the year on July 24 against Chunichi at Nagoya Dome.

Source: Sanspo 7/15/2016

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[7/15/2016] Taichi Okazaki has surgery

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.

Source: Daily Sports 7/15/2016, Nikkan Sports 7/15/2016

[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 7/16/2016

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[7/15/2016] Logan Ondrusek to temporarily return to United States

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.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/15/2016, Sponichi 7/15/2016

[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 7/18/2016

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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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