[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

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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.



[7/10/2016] Madonna Japan: final twenty-man roster

Madonna Japan finished out their mini-camp on July 10. After practices, they finalized their twenty-man roster for the Women’s Baseball World Cup.

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[7/10/2016] Madonna Japan Okinawa mini-camp

The women’s national team (Madonna Japan) began workouts in Okinawa on July 9. They also played two practice games against the Urasoe Boys.

Game 1

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R
Madonna Japan 1 1 0 0 0 0 9 11
Urasoe Boys 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Pitchers: Miyu Shimizu, Mirai Araki, Akino Tanaka
Catcher: Chihiro Funakoshi

Doubles: Remina Nagaike, Yukiko Kon

Madonna Japan sent fourteen batters to the plate in the seventh inning.

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Game 2

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R
Urasoe Boys 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2
Madonna Japan 0 1 1 0 5 0 x 7

Pitchers: Nana Sasanuma, Eri Yoshida, Moemi Yoshii
Catcher: Yurika Arisaka

Doubles: Yukiko Kon

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[7/9/2016] Kenji Akashi injury update

Kenji Akashi was taken off the active roster on March 28 because of pain in his right shoulder. He has only played in a handful of Ni-gun games because his shoulder has been slow to recover (his last official Ni-gun game was on April 24). He is scheduled to resume playing at Ni-gun during an upcoming two-game Chunichi series that begins on July 11.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/10/2016