[6/3/2016] Shinnosuke Abe could revisit first base

Shinnosuke Abe will most likely get the start at first base during the Yomiuri Giants’ three-game series against the Nippon Ham Fighters that begins tonight at Tokyo Dome.

Source: Sponichi 6/3/2016


[6/3/2016] Takayuki Kato leaves after getting hit by batted ball

Takayuki Kato took a ball hit by Tomotaka Sakaguchi off the area near his left shin while pitching in the third inning of last night’s (June 2) game against the Yakult Swallows at Sapporo Dome. He had difficulty walking and was removed from the game.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/2/2016, Sanspo 6/2/2016


[6/3/2016] JUBF Samurai Japan Preliminary Roster

The All Japan University Baseball Federation released a list of candidate players that will be participating in a mini-camp for the Japan-USA University Baseball Championship. The mini-camp will take place at the Batting Palace Soseki Stadium Hiratsuka between June 17 (Friday) and 19 (Sunday).

Source: JUBF announcement



[6/2/2016] Shu Hara makes Ni-gun debut

Shu Hara made his Ni-gun debut earlier today against Yakult at Lotte Urawa Stadium. He started the game and gave up two runs (both earned) on a hit and two walks over four innings of work. He threw sixty-five pitches, faced fourteen hitters, struck out three, and topped out at 145km/h. He surrendered a two-run home run to Kotaro Yamasaki in the fourth inning.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/2/2016, Sponichi 6/2/2016


[6/2/2016] Soichiro Tateoka resumes playing catch

Soichiro Tateoka (left side) resumed playing catch earlier today at Giants Stadium. He managed to work his way out to  about twenty meters. He also took some light soft-toss batting practice.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/2/2016


[6/2/2016] Daichi Osera pitches two innings in rehab game

Daichi Osera (right elbow) started a Ni-gun rehab game against Hanshin at Naruohama on June 2. He pitched two innings and gave up three runs on five hits. He threw forty-one pitches, topped out at 139km/h, and struck out two.

Source: Daily Sports 6/2/2016, Sponichi 6/2/2016, Daily Sports 6/3/2016


[6/2/2016] Miles Mikolas tosses fifty-one pitches in the bullpen

Miles Mikolas (right shoulder) tossed fifty-one pitches in the bullpen at Giants Stadium on June 1. He also participated in infield drills for the first time since he got hurt. He could be about two to three weeks away from joining the active roster.

Source: Sponichi 6/2/2016


[6/2/2016] Koyo Aoyagi wins first appearance/start

Koyo Aoyagi picked up a win in his first Ichi-gun appearance/start on June 1 against Rakuten at kobo Stadium.

  • He is the fourth rookie pitcher this season to win his first Ichi-gun appearance/start. The other three: Hiroki Yokoyama (March 30 against Chunichi), Yu Sato (May 10 against Yokohama), and Ryota Sekiya (May 21 against Orix).
  • He is the twelfth Hanshin rookie pitcher to win his first Ichi-gun appearance/start, first since Suguru Iwazaki on April 2, 2014.
  • He is the first right-handed Hanshin pitcher to win in his first Ichi-gun start/appearance since Minoru Murayama on April 14, 1959.
  • He is the third rookie pitcher to win his first Ichi-gun appearance/start during Inter-league play. The other two: Yu Darvish (June 15, 2005 against Hiroshima) and Kenji Otonari (June 9, 2007 against Hiroshima).

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/2/2016, Sanspo 6/2/2016


[6/2/2016] Hiroki Uemoto out, Tsuyoshi Nishioka in

Hiroki Uemoto complained of lower back pain during pre-game practices on June 1. He will be taken off the active roster and Tsuyoshi Nishioka (left hamstring) will be called up.

Nishioka may still have some difficulty running, but should not have any problems swinging the bat. If he is unable to play defense, he could still be used as a designated hitter or a bat off the bench.

Source: Daily Sports 6/2/2016, Daily Sports 6/2/2016


[6/1/2016] Mazda All-Star Game 2016, latest voting results from June 1

Entry Type Valid Entries Invalid Entries Total Entries
Internet 35,410 0 35,410
Mobile Phone 82,896 0 82,896
Paper 23,592 206 23,798
Totals 141,898 206 142,104

Total number of votes: 2,651,370


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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