[4/29/2016] Tomoyuki Sugano finishes April with 0.00 ERA

Tomoyuki Sugano will finish April with a 0.00 ERA over thirty-three innings of work (one unearned run). Since 1950, only three other pitchers have recorded 0.00 ERAs in a month while pitching at least thirty innings: Etsuo Nakai (September 1963), Minoru Murayama (October 1970), and Kazuhisa Ishii (June 2001).

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/29/2016


[4/29/2016] Yakult Swallows to add Shogo Nakashima to seventy-man roster

The Yakult Swallows are planning to add Ikusei pitcher Shogo Nakashima to their seventy-man roster. The Swallows’ pitching staff is running a little thin and Nakashima could help provide some help in the bullpen.

Source: Sponichi 4/29/2016



[4/29/2016] Possible Softbank six-man rotation

The Softbank Hawks could go with the following six pitchers during their six-game stretch that begins on May 3 (assuming starts on six-days of rest):

  • Rick van den Hurk
  • Tsuyoshi Wada
  • Nao Higashihama
  • Kenichi Nakata
  • Kodai Senga
  • Shota Takeda

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/29/2016


[4/29/2016] Hitoki Iwase asks to be sent down to Ni-gun

Hitoki Iwase was taken off the active roster on April 28 after giving up three runs (two earned) on three hits over a third of an inning of work against Yokohama at Yokohama Stadium on April 27. Iwase approached coaches after the game and asked to be sent down to Ni-gun. Motonobu Tanishige told reporters the veteran made the request because he was unsatisfied with his performance and wanted more time to work on his mechanics. There is no timetable on his return.

Source: Daily Sports 4/29/2016


[4/28/2016] Sides meet over Jingu Stadium status during 2020 Olympics

The four main organizations that use Jingu Stadium (Yakult, Tokyo Big 6, Tohto, and the Tokyo High School Baseball Federation) and Meiji Jingu Gaien (stadium owners) met with the 2020 Tokyo Olympic/Paralympic Organizing Committee in Tokyo on April 26 and could not agree to the committee’s proposal to shut down the stadium for seven months.

The committee would like to use Jingu Stadium as a storage and multi-purpose facility. They are rumored to have offered Meiji Jingu Gaien twice the amount they usually receive in rental fees for use of the grounds between May and November 2020.

The four main organizations are against closing the stadium for seven months because it would mean rescheduling about 400 games. They are asking the committee to reconsider their proposal with a shorter time frame.

The two sides are scheduled to meet against in May.

Source: ZakZak 4/28/2016, Sponichi 4/28/2016, Sponichi 4/27/2016Nikkan Sports 4/27/2016


[4/28/2016] Yokohama Bay Stars to move Ni-gun facilities

The Yokokhama Bay Stars announced that they reached a deal with Yokosuka City that will allow the organization to move its entire Ni-gun facilities to Oppama Park. The park is also home to Yokosuka Stadium.

Summary of the move:

  • Oppama baseball fields two and three will be demolished to make room for practice facilities, built by Yokosuka City
  • A portion of the park will be de-zoned as a park for the player dormitories, built by the Yokohama Bay Stars
  • The practice facilities will be maintained by the Yokohama Bay Stars, for a period of twenty years
  • The practice facilities will be open to local use for a set number of days.
  • The Yokohama Bay Stars will have first priority usage rights to Yokosuka Stadium for up to 100 games a year.
  • Yokosuka City will invest about forty-two billion yen in the entire project (covers the move and construction).
  • The Yokohama Bay Stars will pay 180 million yen a year to Yokosuka City for use of the practice facilities. They will also spend several billion yen to build the player dormitories.

Construction will begin in the fall of 2017 and will be completed in February 2019.

Source: Yokohama announcement, Nikkan Sports 4/28/2016, Sponichi 4/28/2016, Sports Hochi 4/28/2016Sanspo 4/27/2016


[4/28/2016] Masahiro Nakatani hits three in a row in Ni-gun practice game

Masahiro Nakatani hit home runs in three consecutive trips to the plate during a practice game against Kansai Medical Sports Gakuin (Industrial League) at Naruohama on April 27.

  • Third inning, runner on second, two out: line drive home run
  • Sixth inning, runner on first, no out: home run to left
  • Seventh inning, none on: solo home run to left

Source: Sanspo 4/28/2016


[4/28/2016] Yoshitomo Tsutsugo leaves with tightness in right side

Yoshitomo Tsutsugo left tonight’s game against Chunichi at Yokohama on defense in the seventh inning with tightness in his right side. He told reporters he was fine, but unsure if he would be able to play in tomorrow’s game against Hanshin.

Source: Sanspo 4/28/2016


[4/28/2016] Minoru Iwata sent down to Ni-gun for an adjustment

Minoru Iwata was taken off the active roster today and sent down to Ni-gun for an adjustment.


2016 Games

03/30 YAK L 5.2 29 11 2 4 0 3 0 0 7 7 11.12 6.35 4.76 2.65
04/06 YOM L 5.0 24 7 0 2 0 4 1 0 3 3 8.44 5.06 5.91 2.25
04/17 CHU   5.0 23 7 0 0 1 4 1 0 2 2 6.89 3.45 6.32 1.98
04/27 YOM L 3.1 20 7 1 2 0 2 0 0 6 3 7.11 3.79 6.16 2.11

[4/28/2016] Kazuto Taguchi records first complete game

Kazuto Taguchi recorded the first complete game victory of his career on April 27 against Hanshin at Koshien Stadium.

At twenty years and seven months, he became the first Yomiuri pitcher under twenty-one to record a complete game victory since Ryosuke Miyaguni on May 1, 2012 (twenty years and zero months) and the first left-handed Yomiuri pitcher since Hisao Niura on June 23, 1971 (twenty years and one month).

Taguchi induced five double plays during the game: Shun Takayama in the third inning, Shintaro Yokota in the sixth, Yamato in the seventh, Fumiya Hojo in the eighth, and Yokota in the ninth. Only two other Yomiuri pitchers have induced five double plays in one game: Yoshiaki Ito (April 21, 1963) and Takshi Nishimoto (July 25, 1980).

Side note: The Tigers grounded into five double plays in one game for the seventh time in franchise history, first since May 22, 2011: Wei-Chu Lin, Matt Murton, Takahiro Arai, Kenji Jojima, and Craig Brazell. The five double plays in one game for the Tigers tied the franchise high (since 1950). The NPB record of six in one game was set by Hankyu in 1970, Yomiuri in 1995, and Yokohama in 1996.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/28/2016, Sanspo 4/28/2016