[5/12/2016] Yuki Yoshimura earns international FA option

Yuki Yoshimura (31) earned his international FA option today with nine years of service time on the active roster. He signed a two-year contract with the Softbank Hawks during the off-season.

Source: Sponichi 5/12/2016


[5/12/2016] Rakuten Eagles unveil Eagle Summer 2016 uniforms

The Rakuten Eagles unveiled uniforms they will be using for Eagle Summer 2016 at kobo Stadium in July and August. The uniforms and logo were designed by Masashi Larry Oiwa. Concept: golden eagles chase their prey, a show of strength and speed.


  • July 3 against Seibu
  • July 24 against Lotte*
  • August 7 against Seibu*
  • August 14 against Nippon Ham*
  • August 28 against Orix*


  • August 7 against Seibu
  • August 20 against Nippon Ham

* denotes games where fans with tickets can get a free replica Eagle Summer 2016 uniform

Source: Rakuten announcement


[5/12/2016] Tony Blanco hamstring and knee discomfort

Tony Blanco was left out of the starting line-up on May 11 because of tightness in his right hamstring and discomfort in his right knee. He was apparently available off the bench as a pinch-hitter, but might have to be taken off the active roster depending on his condition.

Source: Sponichi 5/12/2016


[5/12/2016] Shohei Otani homered in fourth straight game

Shohei Otani homered in his fourth straight game on May 11. The last Nippon Ham hitter to homer in four straight was Michel Abreu in 2013 and the last Japanese Nippon Ham hitter was Sho Nakata in 2010.

Only four other players in franchise history have recorded longer home run streaks: Katsuo Osugi with six in 1973 and five in 1969, Tommy Cruz with five in 1980, and Tony Solaita with five in 1981.

Source: Sponichi 5/12/2016


[5/12/2016] Softbank has so far recorded two 8-game winning streaks

The Softbank Hawks extended their current winning streak to eight (8-0-1) with their 9-5 victory over Lotte on May 11. They have recorded two eight-game winning streaks in their first thirty-four games of the season.

The Hawks are the only team to accomplish the feat since 1950. Hanshin once recorded an eight-game winning streak and an eleven-game winning streak during the one-league ERA in 1947.

Source: Sponichi 5/12/2016


[5/12/2016] Daisuke Yamai ten-game losing streak as a starter

Daisuke Yamai dropped his start against Yokohama on May 11. He has not won a game as a starter since June 21, 2015 against Yomiuri. Since then, he is 0-10 in fourteen starts.

Source: Soponichi 5/12/2016


[5/12/2016] Mizuno MVP of the Month Awards for March/April

Eastern League

Naoki Shirane, Yokohama
31 G, 39-for-119, 2 HR, 14 RBI, 0 SB, .328 BA

This is Shirane’s first year in the Yokohama organization. He led the league with thirty-nine hits in March/April.

Western League

Naomasa Yokawa, Hanshin
18 G, 26-for-75, 5 HR, 18 RBI, 2 SB, .347

Naomasa batted fourth in all eighteen games in March/April. He led the league in home runs (5) and finished tied for second in RBI (18).

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[5/11/2016] Toshiki Sakurai tosses bullpen session

Toshiki Sakurai (right elbow) tossed a bullpen session at the indoor facilities in Kawasaki on May 11. He threw fifteen fastballs to a standing catcher. It was his first session since his injury.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/11/2016, Sponichi 5/11/2016


[5/11/2016] Daisuke Matsuzaka’s next Ni-gun start to come on May 14

Daisuke Matsuzaka is slated to make his next Ni-gun start on May 14 against Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium. He was originally scheduled to start a game on May 13, but it ended up going to Kenichi Nakata.

If Matsuzaka’s is feeling fine after his start on May 14, he could be tested with another start on six days of rest on May 21.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/11/2016


[5/11/2016] Kenji Yano joined the Ichi-gun team for practices

Kenji Yano joined the Ichi-gun team for practices at Tokyo Dome on May 10. He had been working out at Ni-gun due to a chronic condition in his right knee. He has no problems swinging the bat, but still has issues running.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/11/2016

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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