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[7/7/2016] Elian Herrera blasts grand slam for first NPB home run

Elian Herrera’s first NPB home run was a grand slam he hit against the Yakult Swallows at Yokohama Stadium on July 6.

Herrera is the twenty-second foreign player to hit a grand slam for his first NPB home run, first since Chad Huffman on June 23, 2014. He is the sixth foreign player in the Central League to hit a grand slam for his first NPB home run, first since Billy Martin on May 15, 2004. Only one other Yokohama foreign player has accomplished the feat: Felix Millan on May 23, 1978.

Source: Sanspo 7/7/2016, Sponichi 7/7/2016

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HAM

[7/7/2016] Nippon Ham Fighters’ starting pitchers for next six games

Nippon Ham’s starting pitchers for the six games leading up to the All-Star break, according to Nikkan Sports:

July 8-10 against Lotte at Sapporo Dome

  • Hirotoshi Takanashi
  • Kohei Arihara
  • Shohei Otani

July 11-13 against Orix at Kyocera Dome

  • Mitsuo Yoshikawa
  • Luis Mendoza
  • Yuki Saito

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/7/2016

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HAN

[7/7/2016] Cody Satterwhite picks up first save in Ni-gun game

Cody Satterwhite pitched in a Ni-gun game against Chunichi on July 6. He entered the game in the ninth inning and retired the side in order (G4, Kl, F8) for his first Ni-gun save. He topped out at 149km/h.

Source: Sanspo 7/7/2016

2016 Ni-gun Appearances

Date Opp IP NP BF H HR SO BB HBP WP BK R ER
07/06 Chunichi 1.0 10 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
07/03 Orix 1.1 16 6 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0
07/01 Orix 1.0 13 4 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
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[7/6/2016] Yusuke Nomura: first to ten wins this season

Yusuke Nomura won his start against the Chunichi Dragons on July 5 and became the first pitcher in either leagues to win ten games this season. Only five other Hiroshima pitchers have been first to win ten games in both leagues: Ryohei Hasegawa (1953), Manabu Kitabeppu (1982), Yasuyuki Yamauchi (1995), Colby Lewis (2008), and Kenta Maeda (2012).

Nomura is in the middle of a six-game winning streak. He is the first Hiroshima pitcher to record a winning streak of six or more since Kenta Maeda’s nine and Bryan Bullington seven in 2013. Nomura is the first Hiroshima pitcher to win six in six games since Hiroki Kuroda in 2006 (July 2 – August 11).

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/6/2016

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[7/6/2016] Yuki Saito gives up three runs in Ni-gun start

Yuki Saito started a Ni-gun game against Yokohama on July 5. He gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits, including two solo home runs, over five innings of work. He face twenty-one hitters, threw seventy-two pitches, walked one, and struck out three. He also took a batted ball off his right thigh while pitching the fifth inning. Assuming he is okay, he could get another Ichi-gun start on July 11 against Orix at Kyocera Dome.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/6/2016

 

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[7/6/2016] Yusei Kikuchi resumes throwing in the bullpen

Yusei Kikuchi (right side) resumed tossing bullpen session on July 5. He tossed another session on July 6. He is hoping to make it back to the active roster after the All-Star break.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/6/2016

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[7/6/2016] 89th Spring Koshien preliminary details

The steering committee for the 89th Spring Koshien met in Osaka on July 6 and decided on/confirmed the following:

  • There will be twenty-eight regular brackets with four special brackets for a total thirty-two brackets. (no change)
  • The twenty-eight regular brackets will be broken down into: Hokkaido (one), Tohoku (two), Kanto/Tokyo (six), Tokai (two), Hokushinetsu (two), Kinki (six), Chugoku/Shikoku (five), and Kyushi (four). The four special brackets will be broken down into: Twenty-first Century (three), Jingu Tournament (one). (no change from this year)

Source: Sanspo 7/6/2016

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[7/6/2016] Seiji Kobayashi goes 0-for-3 in second rehab game

Seiji Kobayashi (left shoulder) played in another Ni-gun game on July 6. He was the starting catcher and batted eighth against Lotte. He went 0-for-3. He was removed on defense in the eighth inning.

Source: Sanspo 7/6/2016

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[7/6/2016] Daisuke Miura to get a start before the All-Star break

Daisuke Miura is expected to make his first start of the year during an upcoming three-game series against the Chunichi Dragons at Yokohama Stadium that begins on July 11.

Source: Tokyo Sports 7/6/2016, Nikkan Sports 7/6/2016, Sponichi 7/6/2016

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[7/6/2016] Hiroki Osakaya suffers fracture in left cheekbone

Ikusei player Hiroki Osakaya was hit by a ball on his left cheek during Ni-gun fielding practice on June 27. The media learned today that he had surgery at a Sendai hospital to treat a fracture in his left cheekbone on July 4. He is expected to return to practices on July 7.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/6/2016

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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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