[5/15/2016] Hiroki Kuroda throws for the fourth straight day

Hiroki Kuroda (neck and right shoulder) worked out at the indoor training facilities near Mazda Stadium today. He played catch at a distance of sixty meters. He also threw eighteen pitches off flat ground to a standing catcher — he threw fastballs, curveballs, sliders, and cutters from the set position. This was the fourth straight he threw the ball and the first time he mixed in off-speed pitches.

Source: Daily Sports 5/15/2016


[5/15/2016] Daiki Enokida’s wife gives birth to second child

Daiki Enokida’s wife gave birth to the couple’s second child, a girl weighing 3,460 grams, at a hospital in Nishinomiya, Hyogo on Saturday (May 14) morning.

Source: Daily Sports 5/15/2016, Sponichi 5/15/2016


[5/15/2016] Tadahito Iguchi picked up eleventh walk-off hit

Tadahito Iguchi notched the eleventh walk-off of his career on May 14 against Rakuten at QVC Marine. It was his first walk-off since June 13, 2010. At forty-one years and five months, Iguchi set a new franchise record for oldest player to record a walk-off hit. The previous record of thirty-eight years and nine months was set by Shosei Go on April 9, 1955.

The NPB record of forty-four years and six months was set by Yoshiyuki Iwamoto on October 4, 1956 and Takeshi Yamasaki on May 17, 2013.

Source: Sponichi 5/15/2016


[5/15/2016] Yokohama Bay Stars reach agreement with Elian Herrera

The Yokohama Bay Stars are interested in thirty-one-year-old infielder Elian Herrera.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/15/2016

[UPDATE @ 5:26pm]

The Bay Stars announced that they reached an agreement with Herrera.

Source: Yokohama announcement

[UPDATE 5/16 @ 9:14am]

The two sides may have agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated eighty million yen.

Source: Sponichi 5/16/2016

[UPDATE 5/16 @ 11:24am]

Herrera could arrive in Japan this week and will join the team as soon as he gets his work visa. He might be ready for Inter-league play.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/16/2016



[5/14/2016] Daichi Osera tosses batting practice

Daichi Osera (right elbow) tossed indoor batting practice at Mazda Stadium today. It was the first time he threw batting practice since his injury. He threw fifty-six pitches to Ko Shimozuru and Takayoshi Noma. He threw mostly fastballs, but also mixed in some cutters, sliders, and change-up.

Osera is scheduled to pitch in a batting practice scrimmage some time next week.

Source: Daily Sports 5/14/2016


[5/14/2016] Miles Mikolas adds off-speed pitches to bullpen session

Miles Mikolas (right shoulder) tossed his fourth bullpen session at Giants Stadium today. It was his fourth session since his injury. He added off-speed pitches and did not experience any issues.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/14/2016


[5/14/2016] Toshiki Sakurai tosses second bullpen session

Toshiki Sakurai (right elbow) tossed a bullpen session at Giants Stadium today. It was his second session since he was taken off the active roster.

Sakurai threw ten pitches to a standing catcher, then fifteen with the catcher on one knee. All twenty-five pitches were fastballs.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/14/2016


[5/14/2016] Rough outing for Daisuke Matsuzaka

Daisuke Matsuzaka started a Ni-gun game against Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium earlier today. He gave up nine runs (seven earned) on seven hits, including a lead-off home run in the first and a grand slam in the second, and three walks over 1.2 innings of work. He struck out one and topped out at 143km/h. He was scheduled to throw eighty to ninety pitches, but left after sixty-five.

Source: Sponichi 5/14/2016, Nikkan Sports 5/14/2016, Sports Hochi 5/14/2016, Tokyo Sports 5/14/2016


[5/14/2016] Hayato Sakamoto notched his ninth walk-off hit on May 13

Hayato Sakamoto hit a come-from-behind walk-off double in the twelfth inning against the Yakult Swallows at Tokyo Dome on May 13. It was the Yomiuri Giants’ first come-from-behind walk-off win in extra innings since March 31, 2013 against Hiroshima. It was Sakamoto’s ninth walk-off hit, first since August 20, 2015 against Hanshin. Of his eight prior walk-off hits, two provided come-from-behind victories: June 4, 2010 against Nippon Ham and August 1, 2015 against Chunichi. This was his first come-from-behind walk-off hit in extra innings.

Walk-off Hits – Yomiuri Giants

  Player JPN Player ENG Hits
1 王 貞治 Oh, Sadaharu 15
2 長嶋 茂雄 Nagashima, Shigeo 14
3 原 辰徳 Hara, Tatsunori 12
  阿部 慎之助 Abe, Shinnosuke 12
5 川上 哲治 Kawakami, Tetsuharu 11
6 坂本 勇人 Sakamoto, Hayato 9

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/14/2016, Sanspo 5/14/2016


[5/14/2016] Tomoyuki Sugano records third straight double-digit strikeout game

Tomoyuki Sugano recorded his third straight double-digit strikeout game on May 13 (12, 10, 10) and became the fourth player in franchise history to accomplish the feat. The other three: Kazumi Takahashi in 1972, Hiromi Makihara in 1986, and Hiroshi Kisanuki in 2003.

Atsushi Nomi set the Central League record for consecutive double-digit strikeout games with five in 2014. Hideo Nomo holds the NPB record with six in 1991.

Source: Sponichi 5/14/2016,

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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