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[4/18/2016] A. Nakamura day-to-day after taking pitch off calf

Akira Nakamura took a pitch off the inner part of his left calf during his at bat in the fifth inning against Rakuten on April 17. He was replaced on defense in the seventh because he was having some difficulty running. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/18/2016

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HAN

[4/18/2016] Kai Ueda resumes running

Kai Ueda hurt his right ankle while running the bases during a Ni-gun game against Orix on April 15. He resumed running at Naruohama on April 17.

Source: Sanspo 4/18/2016

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RAK

[4/18/2016] Wataru Karashima hurts left shoulder

Wataru Karashima hurt his left shoulder during practices on April 18 and was taken off the active roster. No other information is known at this time.

Source: Daily Sports 4/18/2016

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ORI

[4/18/2016] Orix Buffaloes Natsuno Jin 2016 Alternate Uniforms

The Orix Buffaloes unveiled their Natsuno Jin alternate uniforms today. The theme this year is to break free and blast through barriers into the next dimension (Space).

Players and coaches will wear the uniforms during the Natsuno Jin 2016 series.

  • June 24 – Nippon Ham at Hotto Motto Field Kobe
  • June 25 – Nippon Ham at Hotto Motto Field Kobe
  • June 26 – Nippon Ham at Kyocera Dome Osaka
  • July 29 – Seibu at Kyocera Dome Osaka
  • July 30 – Seibu at Kyocera Dome Osaka
  • July 31 – Seibu at Kyocera Dome Osaka

Source: Orix announcement, Nikkan Sports 4/18/2016

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YOM

[4/18/2015] Yomiuri Giants to sign Samuel Adames to an Ikusei contract

The Yomiuri Giants announced that they reached an agreement with twenty-one-year-old Samuel Adames. The two sides agreed on an Ikusei contract worth an estimated 2.2 million yen. Adames is expected to arrive in Japan before the end of the month.

Source: Yomiuri announcement, Chunichi Sports 4/18/2016, Daily Sports 4/18/2016

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HAM

[4/18/2016] Yuji Iiyama out with hamstring strain

Yuji Iiyama made it into Sunday’s game against Lotte at Sapporo Dome as a pinch-runner in the tenth inning and hurt his right leg while running the bases. He was examined at a hospital in Sapporo and diagnosed with a third-degree hamstring strain. He will require about two months for a full recovery.

Source: Nippon Ham announcementSports Hochi 4/18/2016

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[4/18/2016] Pro Yakyu Fresh All-Star Game 2016

The NPB release some details for this year’s Pro Yakyu Fresh All-Star Game.

Western League (27 wins) vs Eastern League (19 wins)

Venue: Muscat Stadium in Okayama
Date: July 14 (Thu) at 18:00
Alternate: July 15 (Fri) at 13:00
Home Team: Western League

First Base Dugout: Western League
Third Base Dugout: Eastern League

A list of eligible players will be released on May 9 (Mon). Rosters will be unveiled on July 1 (Fri).

Special advance tickets will go on sale via Lawson Ticket from April 19 (Tue) at 10:00 until April 27 (Wed) at 18:00. Regular tickets will go on sale beginning on April 28 (Thu) at 10:00.

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Victoria Series: Hyogo Dione at Kyoto Flora – April 16,17

April 16 at Wakasa Stadium Kyoto – 13:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Hyogo Dione 1 0 0 1 3 1 0 6 12 0
Kyoto Flora 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 7 2

WP: Ayami Sato (3 G, 3-0)
LP: Minako Uemura (4 G, 1-2)

Game Time: 2h11m
Attendance: 917

Hero Interview

  • Natsumi Saso = 1-for-3: F8, F6, 1B9 one RBI. She drove in the go-ahead run in the fifth inning.
  • Yui Oyama = 1-for-4: G3, F8, G3, HR9 one RBI, BB. She blasted the first home run of his career.

Game Page | Highlights

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April 17 at Wakasa Stadium Kyoto – 13:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Hyogo Dione 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 4 9 0
Kyoto Flora 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 4 0

WP: —
LP: —

Game Time: 2h14m
Attendance: 729

Hero Interview

  • None

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HAN

[4/17/2016] Iwasada records third straight start with at least ten strikeouts

Yuta Iwasada made a start on April 16 against Chunichi and recorded his third straight start with at least ten strikeouts. He is the fifth Hanshin pitcher to strikeout ten or more in at least three games in one season.

  • Yutaka Enatsu – three consecutive games (twice) in 1968, four consecutive games in 1971
  • Kei Igawa – three consecutive games in 2006
  • Atsushi Nomi – five consecutive games in 2014
  • Shintaro Fujinami – three consecutive games in 2015

He is the fourth pitcher in NPB history (first in Central League history and first in NPB history as a left-handed pitcher) to accomplish the feat in his first three games of the season.

Source: Sponichi 4/17/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/17/2016

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[4/17/2016] Dai-Kang Yoh makes first appearance since April 9

Dai-Kang Yoh made an appearance as a pinch-hitter against Lotte on April 17. It was his first game since he sprained his ankle on April 9. He is still unable to run at full speed, but was able to swing the bat with authority.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/17/2016

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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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