[6/1/2016] Tsuyoshi Nishioka goes 0-for-4 in rehab game

Tsuyoshi Nishioka (left hamstring) played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Hiroshima at Naruohama today. He was the starting designated hitter and batted lead-off. He went 0-for-4: F7, G4, G6, F7.

Source: Daily Sports 6/1/2016


[6/1/2016] Yokohama Bay Stars finish May with a 16-7-1 record

The Yokohama Bay Stars finished the month of May with a 16-7-1 record. Yokohama has recorded sixteen or more wins in one month only three other times in franchise history: eighteen in August 1957, twenty in August 1997, and sixteen in May 2015. Of the sixteen victories they recorded in May, fourteen were by starting pitchers. Yokohama starters have been responsible for fourteen wins in one month only one other time in franchise history: August 1957.

The Bay Stars won their first Inter-league game of the year on May 31 against Seibu at Seibu Prince Dome for the fourth time in franchise history. The other three times: 2005 against Lotte, 2006 against Rakuten, and 2014 against Rakuten.

Source: Sponichi 6/1/2016


[6/1/2016] Takayuki Kishi pitches in Ni-gun rehab game

Takayuki Kishi (right adductor) pitched in a Ni-gun rehab game against Yokohama at Seibu Prince Dome on June 1. He started the game and pitched three perfect innings, threw forty-five pitches, topped out at 145km/h, and struck out six.

Source: Sanspo 6/1/2016, Sports Hochi 6/1/2016

[UPDATE 6/2 @ 10:37am]

Kishi is slated to pitch in another Ni-gun rehab game on June 8 against Rakuten at Seibu 2 Stadium. Assuming no issues, he could be called up to Ichi-gun in time for a start on June 17 against Yakult at Jingu Stadium.

Source: Daily Sports 6/2/2016


[6/1/2016] Tetsuto Yamada homers against eleventh NPB team

Tetsuto Yamada recorded a home run against Nippon Ham on May 31 at Sapporo Dome. He has now recorded a home run against all eleven current NPB teams, other than his own.

Through May 31, Yamada is 79-for-235 with ten home runs and thirty-eight RBI during Inter-league play over his career. He is the fourth Japanese player in franchise history to record at least ten Inter-league home runs. The other three: Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (eighteen), Akinori Iwamura (thirteen), and Norichika Aoki (thirteen).

Source: Sanspo 6/1/2016, Sponichi 6/1/2016


[6/1/2016] Shinnosuke Abe hits fifty-first Inter-league home run

Shinnosuke Abe blasted the fifty-first Inter-league home run of his career on May 31 against Orix at Kyocera Dome. He is tied with Shuichi Murata for second on the all-time list. Takeya Nakamura sits atop the list with sixty-seven Inter-league home runs.

Abe also set a new record with at least one Inter-league home run in twelve consecutive seasons (since 2005). He started the day tied with Kazuhiro Wada at eleven.

Source: Sponichi 6/1/2016


[6/1/2016] Yomiuri Giants looking into Gabriel Garcia

The Yomiuri Giants are said to be interested in twenty-seven-year-old pitcher Gabriel Garcia, currently playing for the Shikoku Island League’s Tokushima Indigo Socks.

Through May 31:

  • 9 G, 7-1, 55.0 IP, 32 H, 48 SO, 13 BB, 8 R, 8 ER, 1.31 ERA

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/1/2016, Sponichi 6/1/2016

[UPDATE @ 7:09pm]

Garcia is slated to attend a tryout with the Giants beginning on June 3.

Source: Daily Sports 6/1/2016


[5/31/2016] Jose Adolis Garcia goes 2-for-5 in debut San-gun game

Jose Adolis Garcia played in his first game in Japan on May 31. He got the start in right and batted third in a San-gun game against the BC League’s Toyama GRN Thunderbirds at Giants Stadium.

Garcia went 2-for-5: strike out swinging, ground out to third, RBI double to left-center, single to center, ground out to short.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/31/2016


[5/31/2016] Dennis Sarfate sets new PL record for saves in a month

Dennis Sarfate notched a save tonight and reached a number of milestones.

  • He became the twelfth pitcher in NPB history to record 150 saves. He recorded the first save of his career on April 14, 2011 as a member of the Hiroshima Carp against the Hanshin Tigers.
  • He became the second foreign pitcher in NPB history to reach 150 saves. The other: Marc Kroon (177).
  • He set a new Pacific League record with his twelfth save of the month. The previous record of eleven was held by Hisashi Takeda (September 2012) and Yoshihisa Hirano (April 2014). The NPB record of fourteen was set by Kazuhiro Sasaki in August 1997.

Source: Sponichi 5/31/2016, Sponichi 5/31/2016, Nikkan Sports 5/31/2016


[5/31/2016] Yuji Nishino diagnosed with elbow bone contusion

Yuji Nishino hurt his left elbow when he fell while trying to fielding a bunt during a game against Softbank at QVC Marine on May 29. The Chiba Lotte Marines announced today that he was examined at a hospital in Tokyo on May 30 and diagnosed with a left elbow bone contusion. He will need about a week for a full recovery.

The Marines are not planning to take Nishino off the active roster. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/31/2016, Sponichi 5/31/2016


[5/31/2016] Shoitsu Omatsu has surgery to repair ruptured Achilles tendon

Shoitsu Omatsu ruptured his right Achilles tendon while running the bases during a Ni-gun game against Rakuten on May 29. The Chiba Lotte Marines announced that he had surgery to repair the tendon at a hospital in Tokyo on May 30. He will be discharged in about a week and will require about six months for a full recovery.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/31/2016, Sponichi 5/31/2016

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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