Ryosuke Yagi recorded four strikeouts in the first inning against the Hanshin Tigers at Jingu Stadium tonight.
Yagi is the tenth pitcher in Central League history (eighteenth overall) to notch four strikeouts in one inning, first since Shingo Hirata on June 6, 2015, and second in franchise history, first since Donald Lemon on April 14, 2000.0 Comments
Yuya Hasegawa earned his domestic FA option today with eight years of service time on the active roster. When the media asked him about the option, he said he was surprised and did not know about it.
Hasegawa is in the first year of a three-year deal.
Source: Tokyo Sports 5/24/20160 Comments
Brad “Big Country” Eldred had a big game tonight against the Yomiuri Giants at Mazda Stadium. He went 4-for-4 with a double, two homers, and three RBI.
…And Kris Johnson notched his second straight shutout, both at Mazda Stadium.
Johnson has won his last four starts at Mazda Stadium and has allowed just four runs (three earned) in those games (33.1 innings).
Sanspo published an interview with Matt Murton today. Below are some takeaways:
Source: Sanspo 5/24/20160 Comments
Jose Adolis Garcia arrived in Japan on May 23 and joined San-gun practices at Giants Stadium on May 24. His participated in a full day of workouts, which included fielding practice and batting practice.
Source: Nikkan Sports 5/24/20160 Comments
The Nippon Ham Fighters are said to be interested in building their own stadium in or around the Sapporo area (fifteen to twenty locations in all) by about 2024 (twenty years since their move to Hokkaido in 2004). They believe a new stadium will help pave the path to a more productive relationship with Hokkaido and bring the organization more financial stability.
The Fighters are currently using Sapporo Dome as their home stadium. The city of Sapporo owns the stadium and Sapporo Dome Company manages and operates the facilities. It costs the organization about eight million yen in base fees a day (or about 1.3 billion yen a year). If attendance goes over 20,000, they have to pay an addition 400 yen per head.
[UPDATE 5/26 @ 4:19am]
A few more bits about the stadium plans.
Junichi Fukura is planning to add Hiroyuki Nakajima (right calf) to the active roster today. He is also planning to give the veteran the start at either first or third against Softbank at YafuOku Dome, since Tony Blanco is the designated hitter.
Nakajima recently played in two Ni-gun games against Chunichi (May 20, 21) and went 4-for-9 with two RBI. He has also hit well at YafuOku Dome last year — he went 12-for-38 with five home runs, ten RBI, and a slash line of .316/.458/.711.0 Comments
Takayuki Kishi (right adductor) could pitch in a Ni-gun rehab game on either May 31 or June 1 (both against Yokohama at Seibu Prince Dome). There is a chance he might be able to make the active roster before the end of Inter-league play.0 Comments
The Hanshin Tigers are planning to go with a bullpen by committee for their next six games before the start of Inter-league play. Marcos Mateo and Kyuji Fujikawa will be the primary options to close games. Akifumi Takahashi could also be thrown into the mix if they need a left-handed option.
Source: Sponichi 5/24/20160 Comments
The media learned on May 23 that Tateki Abe will have Tommy John surgery at a hospital in Kanagawa within the next few days. Abe hurt his elbow during spring camp in February. He originally opted for non-invasive treatment, but recently decided to go with the surgery after discussions with the Yokohama Bay Stars.
Source: Sports Hochi 5/24/20160 Comments