[4/6/2016] Kohei Arihara out with a back strain

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today that Kohei Arihara was diagnosed with a back strain. He will require about ten days for a full recovery. He was taken off the active roster on April 6.

Arihara first started feeling pain in his back on the evening of April 5. He was examined at a hospital in Tokyo earlier today.

Source: Daily Spots 4/6/2016, Sponichi 4/6/2016


[4/6/2016] Shintaro Fujinami picks up first win at Tokyo Dome against Giants since 2013

Shintaro Fujinami won his start against the Yomiuri Giants on April 5 and snapped a six-game losing streak at Tokyo Dome (it was his first win at the stadium against the Giants since August 4, 2013).

Against the Yomiuri Giants

Situation G W L ERA
Regular Season 14 4 7 2.71
at Tokyo Dome 8 2 6 3.40
Climax Series 2 1 0 1.38
Total 16 5 7 2.56

Source: Sanspo 4/6/2016

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[4/6/2016] Shun Takayama notches second four-hit game of the season

Shun Takayama notched his second four-hit game of the year on April 5 against the Yomiuri Giants. His first four-hit game came on March 31 against the Yakult Swallows. Takayama is…

  • the first rookie to record four hits against the Giants since Tomochika Tsuboi in 1998
  • the first rookie in franchise history to record two four-hit games in one season since the start of the draft in 1966

Source: Sponichi 4/6/2016, Sports Hochi 4/6/2016, Sanspo 4/6/2016


[4/6/2016] Yoshihisa Naruse serves up a grand slam for the first time in his career

Yoshihisa Naruse has given up 156 home runs over his career. The 156th home run he allowed was a grand slam to Tsubasa Aizawa on April 5. It was the first grand slam he surrendered in his career.

Home Run Breakdown

Runners on Base Home Runs
none on 96
one on 47
two on 12
bases loaded 1

Source: Sponichi 4/6/2016


[4/6/2016] Kishi records third shutout with one or fewer hits

Takayuki Kishi joined Tsutomu Tanaka (no hitter in 1966, one hitters in 1965 and 1967) and Tadao Wako (no hitter in 1967, one hitters in 1960 and 1962) as the only pitchers in franchise history to record three shutouts while allowing one or fewer hits.

Date Opponent Venue Score IP BF H BB SO
2010/04/06 Orix Seibu Dome 3-0 9.0 29 1 0 7
2014/05/02 Lotte QVC Marine 2-0 9.0 28 0 1 8
2016/04/05 Nippon Ham Seibu Prince Dome 10-0 9.0 29 1 2 4

Source: Sanspo 4/6/2016


Injury Notes for Eigoro Mogi

Eigoro Mogi had a cardiac ablation to treat arrhythmia during the fall of his second year at Waseda University. He was hospitalized for three weeks after the procedure. His weight dropped from seventy-two to sixty-eight kilograms.

Source: Sponichi 4/6/2016


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[4/5/2016] Yakult might be without a home stadium in 2020

The media learned on April 4 that the Olympic Organizing Committee would like to close Jingu Stadium for half a year beginning in May 2020. The committee wants to shut the stadium down for security and operation purposes. However, the stadium fields over 400 baseball games a year, split between professional (Yakult Swallows) and amateur leagues (Tokyo Big 6 League, Tohto University League, and the Tokyo High School Baseball Federation). If the request is accepted, about 200 baseball games will have to be moved to another venue.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/5/2016, Sports Hochi 4/5/2016


[4/5/2016] Inter-league play will continue for at least two more years

A board of directors meeting took place on April 4. Among topics discussed:

  • Inter-league play will continue in 2017 and 2018 under the current format – eighteen games per team a season
  • The twelve NPB teams agreed to participate in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. The NPB checked in with the Japan Professional Baseball Players Association on March 31.

Source: Sponichi 4/5/2016


[4/5/2016] Hawks to take Barbaro Canizares off the active roster

The Softbank Hawks are planning to take Barbaro Canizares off the active roster on April 6 because of his struggles at the plate. In eight Ichi-gun games, Canizares went 5-for-26 with eight strikeouts, one walk, and two RBI.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/5/2016

NPB Standings [Full]
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
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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