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[4/8/2016] Shohei Otani’s next start could come on April 10

Shohei Otani’s next start will most likely be pushed back a day to April 10. He twisted both his ankles while running the bases in a game against Seibu on April 6.

Otani’s next start was already pushed back because of a blister on a right finger, but the extra day would give him more time prepare and heal. The Fighters also have an opening on April 10: Kohei Arihara will miss the start because of a back strain.

Takayuki Kato could get Otani’s start on April 9.

Source: Sponichi 4/8/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/8/2016, Daily Sports 4/8/2016

[UPDATE 8:14pm]

Otani threw forty-eight pitches in the bullpen on April 8. He did not appear to have any difficultly moving around. He is expected to make his next start on April 10 against Rakuten.

Source: Tokyo Sports 4/8/2016, Daily Sports 4/8/2016

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YOM

[4/8/2016] Hayato Sakamoto leaves after tweaking leg

Hayato Sakamoto tweaked his leg while running to first on a single to right in the sixth inning of last night’s game against Hanshin. He motioned to the dugout after getting to first and was replaced by a pinch-runner. His condition does not appear to be serious. He is expected to make the starting line-up today.

Source: Sponichi 4/8/2016Daily Sports 4/8/2016

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ORI

[4/8/2016] Buffaloes planning to start Kaneko, Nishi over the weekend

The Orix Buffaloes are scheduled to play a two-game series against Softbank over the weekend. Chihiro Kaneko is lined up for the start on Saturday. The start on Sunday would normally go to Brandon Dickson, but the Buffaloes could instead turn to Yuki Nishi.

Nishi has struggled in both his starts this season. He gave up six runs (all earned) on seven hits and three walks and lasted just three plus innings during his last start on April 5 against Rakuten.

Source: Daily Sports 4/8/2016

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ORI

[4/8/2016] Tony Blanco could be hurt

Tony Blanco may have suffered a strain in his right leg, according to a brief mention in a Nikkan Sports article. He has not played in a game at Ni-gun since April 1.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/8/2016

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SOF

[4/7/2016] Walk like a Yanagita

Yuki Yanagita has just seven hits in thirty-six at bats but also seventeen walks in fifty-three plate appearances. He has walked at least once in all eleven games so far this season.

Walk count: 2, 3, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 1, 2, 1, 1

When Yanagita walked on April 6, he pushed his streak of at least one walk a game to ten since the start of the season and tied the NPB record set by Koichi Oshima in 2000. He extended the record to eleven on April 7.

The NPB record for longest streak of at least one walk a game, starting at any point during the season, is eighteen, set by Sadaharu Oh between June and July 1970.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/7/2016, Sponichi 4/8/2016

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[4/7/2016] Randy Messenger notches tenth career victory against the Giants

Randy Messenger won his start against the Yomiuri Giants on April 7. He is now 10-11 against the Giants over his career. Only two other Hanshin foreign pitchers have more victories against the Giants: Gene Bacque (17-23) and Matt Keough (13-12).

Source: Daily Sports 4/7/2016

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[4/7/2016] Daisuke Matsuzaka out with a fever

Daisuke Matsuzaka skipped practices on April 7 because he was not feeling well (fever). He was examined at a hospital in Fukuoka and a flu test came back negative.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/7/2016, Tokyo Sports 4/7/2016

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[4/7/2016] Tigers file letter of opinion on April 6 force play

An umpire made a delayed call on a play during a Hanshin-Yomiuri game on April 6. The incident took place in the seventh inning with a runner on first and one out. Ryutaro Umeno hit a pitch to left and Daisuke Nakai made a sliding one-hop catch. Third base umpire Tetsuo Yamaji made a delayed call on the play that resulted in Takashi Toritani, the runner at first, getting thrown out at second on a force.

The Tigers filed a letter of opinion with the commissioner’s office today, asking the league to improve the quality and speed of calls.

Source: Tokyo Sports 4/7/2016, Daily Sports 4/7/2016

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ORI

[4/7/2016] Erik Cordier sent to Ni-gun for a tune-up

Erik Cordier was taken off the active roster on April 7 for some a tune-up at Ni-gun. The Buffaloes were looking at him as a closer, but they may now be considering another role for him. In the mean time, Yoshihisa Hirano will most likely take over as closer.

The Buffaloes are expected to add Pat Misch to the active roster.

Source: Sanspo 4/7/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/7/2016, Sponichi 4/7/2016, Sponichi 4/8/2016

Date Opp Desc IP BF H HR BB HBP SO WP BK R ER ERA BB/9 K/9 WHIP
03/25 SEI L 0.1 4 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 2 54.00 27.00 27.00 9.00
03/27 SEI S 1.0 7 3 0 1 0 3 0 0 1 1 20.25 13.50 27.00 5.25
03/30 HAM S 1.0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11.57 7.71 15.43 3.00
04/06 RAK 1.0 6 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 13.50 10.80 10.80 3.00
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[4/7/2016] Keiji Iwahashi taken off active roster on April 6

Keiji Iwahashi was hit by a pitch during a game against Hiroshima on April 5. He was taken off the active roster on April 6 with a bruise on his left ankle.

Source: Sanspo 4/7/2016

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hiroshima 140 86 50 4
Hanshin 135 73 59 3
Yokohama 135 68 63 4
Yomiuri 137 68 66 3
Chunichi 136 58 73 5
Yakult 137 44 91 2
G W L T
Softbank 136 91 45 0
Seibu 137 77 57 3
Rakuten 130 71 57 2
Orix 133 61 71 1
Nippon Ham 133 52 81 0
Lotte 135 49 85 1
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