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[6/8/2016] Daisuke Matsuzaka resumes pitching practices

Daisuke Matsuzaka resumed pitching practices on June 8 (he did two sets of about twenty throws into a net). The Hawks shut him down after he felt discomfort in his right hand (fingertips) during a Ni-gun start on May 14 against Hiroshima. Kimiyasu Kudo was on hand to watch a portion of Matsuzaka’s workouts.

Source: Tokyo Sports 6/8/2016, Nikkan Sports 6/8/2016

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[6/8/2016] Japan National Collegiate Baseball Championship: Day 3

June 8 (Wednesday)

Jingu Stadium

Game 1 – 9:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
富士大
Fuji University
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
亜細亜大
Asia University
0 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 x 4

Attendance: 3000 | official box score

Taiki Ono (Fuji), 5.2 IP, 105 NP, 25 BF, 3 H, 6 SO, 6 BB/HBP, 3 ER, 150km/h.
Takuya Ishikawa (Asia) left the game after a pitch hit him on his left cheek in the third inning. He was taken to a hospital in Tokyo for tests and diagnosed with a facial bone fracture. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/8/2016

Game 2 – 11:30

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
奈良学園大
Nara Gakuen University
0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 3
九州国際大
Kyushu Kokusai University
0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2

Attendance: 3500 | official box score

Takeshi Miyamoto (Nara Gakuen) started at short and batted third, 3-for-4 with an RBI, his solo home run in the top of the eighth decided the game.
Keisuke Suzuki (Nara Gakuen), 9.0 IP, 155 NP, 36 BF, 6 H, 12 SO, 5 BB/HBP, 2 ER.

Game 3 – 14:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R
関西国際大
Kansai Kokusai University
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
明治大
Meiji University
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1

Attendance: 4000 | official box score

Hiromasa Saito (Meiji), 6.0 IP, 72 NP, 21 BF, 4 H, 4 SO, 1 BB/HBP, 0 ER.
Yuya Yanagi (Meiji), 3.2 IP, 57 NP, 14 BF, 2 H, 7 SO, 1 BB/HBP, 0 ER.

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Tokyo Dome

Game 1 – 9:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
東海大北海道
Tokai University Hokkaido
0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 4
立命館大
Ritsumeikan University
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Attendance: 1500 | official box score

Koya Mizuno (Tokai), 9.0 IP, 149 NP, 34 BF, 5 H, 16 SO, 2 BB/HBP, 0 ER, 145km/h.

Game 2 – 11:30

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R
福井工業大
Fukui Kogyo University
0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
上武大
Jobu University
0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1x 3

Attendance: 2500 | official box score

Game 3 – 14:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
東北福祉大
Tohoku Fukushi University
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
九州産業大
Kyushu Sangyo University
0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2

Attendance: 1500 | official box score

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[6/8/2016] Takayuki Kishi gives up a run in Ni-gun rehab start

Takayuki Kishi started a Ni-gun rehab game earlier today against Rakuten at Seibu 2 Stadium. He gave up a run on four hits over 5.2 innings of work. He threw eighty-one pitches (one over the scheduled limit), struck out seven, walked one, and topped out at 147km/h.

Kishi could return to the active roster in time for a start on June 17 against Yakult at Jingu Stadium.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/8/2016, Tokyo Sports 6/8/2016, Sponichi 6/8/2016, Nikkan Sports 6/8/2016

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[6/8/2016] Summer Koshien: Semifinals to start an hour earlier

The Japan High School Baseball Federation announced today that the Semifinals for the 98th Summer Koshien will take place an hour earlier than usual. Game 1 will begin at 10:00 and Game 2 at 12:30.

The games were pushed up an hour to give players more time to rest before the Finals on the following day. The new games times will most likely stay the same for future tournaments.

Source: Sponichi 6/8/2016, Mainichi 6/8/2016

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[6/8/2016] Sky Perfect Sayonara Award for May

Central League

Hayato Sakamoto, Yomiuri (Second Time)

May 13 against Yakult at Tokyo Dome. Down 2-1 in the bottom of the twelfth. Runners on first and second and two out. Sakamoto hit a come-from-behind walk-off double to left. Tomoyuki Sugano held on a to 1-0 lead until he allowed the game-tying run to score in the ninth inning. The Swallows then took a 2-1 lead in the twelfth on a fielder’s choice. Yakult was one out away from taking the game when Sakamoto recorded the ninth walk-off of his career, first since August 20, 2015.

Pacific League

Tadahito Iguchi, Lotte (First Time)

May 14 against Rakuten at QVC Marine Field. Tied at twelve in the bottom of the tenth inning. Runners on second and third and two out. Iguchi hit a walk-off single to left. The Marines took an early lead with a four run first inning, but quickly gave it away in the top of the second. The Eagles added two in the top of the third to take a 6-4 lead. They kept the lead and added six more runs. Lotte kept things close with runs of their own and managed to tie the game at twelve with a three run sixth. Iguchi recorded the eleventh walk-off of his career. At forty-one years of age, he also became the oldest player in franchise history to record a walk-off.

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[6/8/2016] Taisei Makihara leaves game with cramps in both legs

Taisei Makihara hit a double in the sixth inning against Yokohama at YafuOku Dome on June 7. He was replaced by a pinch-runner because he developed cramps in both his legs as he rounded first base. He told reporters after the game that he was fine.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/7/2016

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[6/8/2016] Marcos Mateo tosses bullpen session

Marcos Mateo (right shoulder) resumed bullpen sessions on June 7 and threw for about fifteen minutes. He is currently slated to pitch in a Ni-gun rehab game on June 11 against Yomiuri.

Source: Sponichi 6/8/2016

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[6/8/2016] Kochi City Vice Mayor visits the Orix Buffaloes

Kochi City Vice Mayor Akira Yoshioka visited the Orix Buffaloes on June 7 to present with local goods from the city and to thank them for using their facilities for fall camp. He also informed the team that the city was spending about sixteen billion yen on a new indoor practice facility that will be completed in August next year. Kochi City is hoping the Buffaloes will continue to use their facilities for fall camp after this year.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/7/2016, Daily Sports 6/7/2016

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[6/7/2016] Felipe Paulino could make Ichi-gun debut against Yakult

Felipe Paulino joined the Ichi-gun team for practices earlier today. He is slated to start and throw ninety pitches a Ni-gun game on June 12 against Nippon Ham at Kamagaya. Assuming no bumps along the way, he could make his Ichi-gun debut with a start on June 19 against Yakult at Jingu Stadium.

Source: Sponichi 6/7/2016

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[6/7/2016] Japan National Collegiate Baseball Championship: Day 2

June 7 (Tuesday)

Jingu Stadium

Game 1 – 9:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
奈良学園大
Nara Gakuen University
1 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 5
中京大
Chukyo University
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

Attendance: 1500 | official box score

Keisuke Suzuki (Nara Gakuen), 9.0 IP, 136 NP, 32 BF, 3 H, 10 SO, 1 R, 0 ER, 145km/h.

Game 2 – 11:30

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R
花園大
Hanazono University
3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 7
関西国際大
Kansai Kokusai University
0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 4x 8

Attendance: 1000 | official box score

Teppei Ueda (Kansai Kokusai), started at first and batted third, 4-for-5 with a triple and three RBI.

Game 3 – 14:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
中京学院大
Chukyo Gakuin University
0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 3
桐蔭横浜大
Toin Yokohama University
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2

Attendance: 2000 | official box score

Naoki Yoshikawa (Chukyo Gakuin), started at short and batted third, 4-for-5 (Ks, 1B8, 1B8, 1B7, 1B8) with two stolen bases. He also committed a throwing error in the fourth inning.
Takumi Takahashi (Toin Yokohama), 6.1 IP, 125 NP, 30 BF, 9 H, 8 SO, 2 BB/HBP, 3 ER.

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Tokyo Dome

Game 1 – 9:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
東北福祉大
Tohoku Fukushi University
0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 2 5
東京農業大北海道
Tokyo Nogyo University Hokkaido
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Attendance: 2000 | official box score

Yusuke Asanuma (Tohoku Fukushi), started in right and batted fifth, 2-for-3 with three RBI and a two-run home run in the ninth inning.
Kenya Nagasaka (Tohoku Fukushi), starting catcher and batted seventh, 1-for-3 with an RBI and a solo home run in the seventh.

Game 2 – 11:30

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
日本体育大
Nippon Taiiku University
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
九州産業大
Kyushu Sangyo University
0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 x 1

Attendance: 3000 | official box score

Wataru Matsumoto (Nippon Taiiku), 8.0 IP, 114 NP, 29 BF, 5 H, 10 SO, 1 ER (1 HR).
Ryota Kusaba (Kyushu Sangyo), 6.2 IP, 100 NP, 24 BF, 2 H, 2 SO, 0 ER.

Game 3 – 14:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
共栄大
Kyoei University
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
中央学院大
Chuo Gakuin University
0 0 3 1 0 1 0 1 x 6

Attendance: 2500 | official box score

Isamu Usui (Chuo Gakiun), 9.0 IP, 135 NP, 31 BF, 5 H, 9 SO, 1 ER.

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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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