[6/10/2016] Ryosuke Hirata left out of the starting line-up

Ryosuke Hirata was left out of the starting line-up today against Seibu at Seibu Prince Dome because of pain in his lower back. He kept his workouts light since today was a travel day.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/10/2016


[6/10/2016] Shintaro Fujinami, Fumihito Haraguchi diagnosed with bruises

Shintaro Fujinami and Fumihito Haraguchi were diagnosed with bruises, Fujinami with a bruise on his right thumb and Haraguchi a bruise on his left thumb. Both players will remain on the active roster for the time being and will be with the Ichi-gun team during their road trip to Sapporo.

Fujinami could be okay to make his next start, most likely on June 16 against Orix at Koshien Stadium, assuming no major changes to his condition.

Source: Daily Sports 6/10/2016, Nikkan Sports 6/10/2016, Nikkan Sports 6/10/2016

[UPDATE @ 7:10pm]

Haraguchi was able to participate in pre-game practices today with his thumb taped up. The bruise did not appear to affect his hitting during batting practice.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/10/2016


[6/10/2016] Ernesto Mejia first to twenty home runs in either league

Ernesto Mejia smacked his twentieth home run of the season on June 9 during a game against the Yomiuri Giants at Seibu Prince Dome. He is the first player in either league to hit twenty home runs this season.

Mejia is the seventh player in franchise history to hit twenty home runs before anyone else in the league. The other six: Futoshi Nakanishi (1953-55), Koichi Tabuchi (1983), Koji Akiyama (1986), Orestes Destrade (1992), Alex Cabrera (2001), and Takeya Nakamura (2009, 2011). He is also the fifth foreign player in franchise history to hit at least twenty home runs in three or more consecutive seasons. The other four: Tony Roig (1965-1967), Terry Whitfield (1981-1983), Destrade (1989-1992), and Cabrera (2001-2007).

Mejia has now also hit a home run against every NPB team other than Seibu.

Source: Sponichi 6/10/2016, Sanspo 6/10/2016


[6/10/2016] Rakuten Eagles to auction off third base bag

The Rakuten Eagles will be auctioning off the third base bag Louis Okoye slid into for his first career triple on June 7. The base will come with Okoye’s signature (directly on the base) and a certificate of authenticity. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Eagles’ Tohoku Smile Project.

Source: Rakuten announcement, Auction page


[6/10/2016] Matt Hague misses Ni-gun game

Matt Hague missed yesterday’s Ni-gun game against the Orix Buffaloes at Naruohama because he was not feeling well.

Source: Sanspo 6/10/2016


[6/10/2016] Orix to take Chihiro Kaneko off the active roster

The Orix Buffaloes are planning to take Chihiro Kaneko off the active roster today after another bad start last night against the Chunichi Dragons at Kyocera Dome.

Kaneko has dropped three straight since picking up the 100th victory of his career on May 20. He has allowed fourteen runs (thirteen earned) on twenty-five hits and four home runs over 17.2 innings of work. The pitcher hinted that he was not pitching at 100 percent, but did not go into any specifics.

Source: Sponichi 6/9/2016, Daily Sports 6/10/2016, Sponichi 6/10/2016

[UPDATE @ 4:45pm]

The Buffaloes took Kaneko off the active roster today with pain in his right shoulder. He had been dealing with some discomfort before he started having problems throwing at full strength during his last outing on June 9. He experienced similar problems last year in September and ended up missing about a month of the season (his condition is not as bad as this time around).

Source: Daily Sports 6/10/2016


[6/10/2016] Fumihito Haraguchi left game after jamming thumb

Fumihito Haraguchi left last night’s game against the Chiba Lotte Marines at QVC Marine early because of a jammed left thumb. He was taken to a hospital in Tokyo for tests during the game.

Haraguchi most likely suffered the injury when he tried to catch a foul tip off Ikuhiro Kiyota’s bat in the fifth. He finished out the inning, but was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the sixth.

Source: Daily Sports 6/10/2016, Sponichi 6/10/2016


[6/9/2016] Jose Lopez to be taken off active roster with fractured toe

Jose Lopez was examined at a hospital in Fukuoka today and diagnosed with a fracture in his left big toe. It is unknown how long he will require for a full recovery. The Yokohama Bay Stars are expected to take him off the active roster on June 10.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/9/2016, Sponichi 6/9/2016, Daily Sports 6/9/2016


[6/9/2016] Takumi Kuriyama’s night cut short with HBP

Takumi Kuriyama left tonight’s game against the Yomiuri Giants at Seibu Prince Dome after he to an HBP off the area near his left wrist during his at bat in the seventh inning. He was removed from the game and replaced by a pinch-runner.

Source: Sponichi 6/9/2016

[UPDATE 6/10 @ 8:32am]

Kuriyama was examined at a hospital in Tokorozawa and diagnosed with a bruise on his left arm.

Source: Sponichi 6/9/2016


[6/9/2016] Yusei Kikuchi notched his tenth Inter-league win

Yusei Kikuchi won his start against the Yomiuri Giants on June 7 and improved to 10-2 during Inter-league games. Only four other pitchers in a Seibu uniform have recorded more Inter-league victories: Hideaki Wakui (twenty-one with Seibu), Takayuki Kishi (seventeen), Fumiya Nishiguchi (fifteen), and Kazuyuki Hoashi (eleven with Seibu).

Kikuchi has now recorded victories against nine NPB teams. Excluding Seibu, he is still looking for wins against Hiroshima (no games) and Softbank (0-7).

Source: Sanspo 6/9/2016

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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