[6/4/2016] Jae-Hoon Ha goes 1-for-4 in Ni-gun debut

Jae-Hoon Ha played in his first Ni-gun game for Yakult on June 3. He got the start in right and batted lead-off against Yokohama at Bay Stars Stadium. He went 1-for-4: F8, BB, 1B5, G1, F1. This was his first game in about a week.

Source: Sponichi 6/4/2016


[6/4/2016] Hiroshima Carp lock Kris Johnson up for three more years

The Hiroshima Carp announced today that they signed thirty-one-year-old Kris Johnson to a three-year extension. Media reports are breaking down the agreement as follows:

  • a signing bonus of one million US dollars
  • a yearly salary of three million US dollars
  • plus yearly performance bonuses that could max out at over one million US dollars (according to Daily Sports)

Source: Hiroshima announcement, Daily Sports 6/4/2016, Sports Hochi 6/4/2016, Nikkan Sports 6/4/2016


[6/3/2016] Softbank Hawks go back-to-back-to-back

The Softbank Hawks went back-to-back-to-back against the Hrisohima Carp at Mazda Stadium on June 3. It happened in the third inning with Hiroki Kuroda on the mound for Hiroshima. With one out and the bases empty, Yuki Yanagita hit a home run to left-center (2-2 pitch), followed by Seiichi Uchikawa with a drive that just made it over the left field fence (1-0 pitch), and topped off by Nobuhiro Matsuda with a shot to right-center (1-0 pitch).

For Softbank, it was the first time three players went back-to-back-to-back since Nobuhiko Matsunaka, Kenji Jojima, and Julio Zuleta in 2005 on April 16 against Lotte and July 3 against Orix.

Hiroshima’s Brad Eldred, Seiya Suzuki, and Shota Dobayashi went back-to-back-to-back earlier this year against the Yakult Swallows at Jingu Stadium on April 26.

Source: Sponichi 6/3/2016


[6/3/2016] Yudai Ono set to make start on June 4 against Rakuten

Yudai Ono (left elbow) joined the Ichi-gun team for practices today and threw forty pitches in the bullpen. He will be activated in time for a start on June 4 against the Rakuten Eagles at Nagoya Dome. It will be his first Ichi-gun start since April 8 (Yomiuri at Nagoya Dome).

Ono pitched in two Ni-gun rehab games and did not allow a run in 11.1 innings of work (46 BF, 9 H, 3 BB, 8 SO).

Source: Sports Hochi 6/3/2016, Sponichi 6/3/2016


[6/3/2016] Yasushi Iihara earns international FA option

Yasushi Iihara earned his international FA option today with nine years of service time on the active roster.

Source: Sponichi 6/3/2016


[6/3/2016] Toshiaki Imae’s return delayed by lower back pain

Toshiaki Imae was taken off the active roster on May 27 because he was struggling at the plate. He then developed lower back pain and only recently (June 1) resumed light practices.

Imae was slated to play in a few games at Ni-gun, beginning on about June 6, but the schedule has since been pushed back until he is ready.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/3/2016


[6/3/2016] Mazda All-Star Game 2016, latest voting results from June 3

Entry Type Valid Entries Invalid Entries Total Entries
Internet 45,804 0 45,804
Mobile Phone 101,811 0 101,811
Paper 45,885 367 46,252
Totals 193,500 367 193,867

Total number of votes: 3,474,357



[6/3/2016] Injury update: Kentaro Nishimura

Kentaro Nishimura was added to the active roster on June 2. Nishimura had surgery to remove loose cartilage in his right elbow in September last year. He spent most of his time rehabbing the elbow during spring camp.

Nishimura played in his first rehab game at San-gun in April. He moved up to Ni-gun on May 10 and pitch in five more rehab games before he was called up on June 2 (6.0 IP, 22 BF, 6 H, 1 BB, 6 SO, 1.50 ERA, 1.17 WHIP).

Source: Tokyo Sports 6/2/2016


[6/3/2016] Kona Takahashi strikeouts out eleven in complete game victory

Kona Takahashi recorded a complete game victory against the Yokohama Bay Stars at Seibu Prince Dome on June 2. In the process, he recorded at least one strikeout in each of the nine innings he pitched for a total eleven (one in each inning, except for the sixth and eighth, where he struck out two each).

Takahashi (nineteen years and three months) is the ninth player under twenty to record a strikeout in every inning, first since Yu Darvish (nineteen years and nine months) on June 6, 2006 against Hanshin. Only one other Seibu pitcher has accomplished the feat: Daisuke Matsuzaka (eighteen years and eleven months) on September 2, 1999 against Nippon Ham.

Source: Sponichi 6/3/2016, Sponichi 6/3/2016, Nikkan Sports 6/3/2016, Sanspo 6/3/2016


[6/3/2016] Kenta Imamiya, youngest to 200 sac hits

Kenta Imamiya notched his 200th career sac hit during last night’s (June 2) game against the Chunichi Dragons at YafuOku Dome and became the thirty-eighth player in NPB history to reach the milestone. He recorded his first sac hit on April 29, 2012 against the Chiba Lotte Marines at QVC Marine.

At twenty-four years and ten months, Imamiya also became the youngest player to reach 200 sac hits. The previous record of twenty-seven years and nine months belonged to Masahiro Kawai.

Imamiya recorded his 200th sac hit in his 622nd game. Only Kawai managed to reach 200 sac hits in fewer games at 590.

Source: Sponichi 6/3/2016

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
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