ORI

[4/8/2016] Buffaloes planning to start Kaneko, Nishi over the weekend

The Orix Buffaloes are scheduled to play a two-game series against Softbank over the weekend. Chihiro Kaneko is lined up for the start on Saturday. The start on Sunday would normally go to Brandon Dickson, but the Buffaloes could instead turn to Yuki Nishi.

Nishi has struggled in both his starts this season. He gave up six runs (all earned) on seven hits and three walks and lasted just three plus innings during his last start on April 5 against Rakuten.

Source: Daily Sports 4/8/2016

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ORI

[4/8/2016] Tony Blanco could be hurt

Tony Blanco may have suffered a strain in his right leg, according to a brief mention in a Nikkan Sports article. He has not played in a game at Ni-gun since April 1.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/8/2016

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SOF

[4/7/2016] Walk like a Yanagita

Yuki Yanagita has just seven hits in thirty-six at bats but also seventeen walks in fifty-three plate appearances. He has walked at least once in all eleven games so far this season.

Walk count: 2, 3, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 1, 2, 1, 1

When Yanagita walked on April 6, he pushed his streak of at least one walk a game to ten since the start of the season and tied the NPB record set by Koichi Oshima in 2000. He extended the record to eleven on April 7.

The NPB record for longest streak of at least one walk a game, starting at any point during the season, is eighteen, set by Sadaharu Oh between June and July 1970.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/7/2016, Sponichi 4/8/2016

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HAN

[4/7/2016] Randy Messenger notches tenth career victory against the Giants

Randy Messenger won his start against the Yomiuri Giants on April 7. He is now 10-11 against the Giants over his career. Only two other Hanshin foreign pitchers have more victories against the Giants: Gene Bacque (17-23) and Matt Keough (13-12).

Source: Daily Sports 4/7/2016

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SOF

[4/7/2016] Daisuke Matsuzaka out with a fever

Daisuke Matsuzaka skipped practices on April 7 because he was not feeling well (fever). He was examined at a hospital in Fukuoka and a flu test came back negative.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/7/2016, Tokyo Sports 4/7/2016

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HAN

[4/7/2016] Tigers file letter of opinion on April 6 force play

An umpire made a delayed call on a play during a Hanshin-Yomiuri game on April 6. The incident took place in the seventh inning with a runner on first and one out. Ryutaro Umeno hit a pitch to left and Daisuke Nakai made a sliding one-hop catch. Third base umpire Tetsuo Yamaji made a delayed call on the play that resulted in Takashi Toritani, the runner at first, getting thrown out at second on a force.

The Tigers filed a letter of opinion with the commissioner’s office today, asking the league to improve the quality and speed of calls.

Source: Tokyo Sports 4/7/2016, Daily Sports 4/7/2016

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ORI

[4/7/2016] Erik Cordier sent to Ni-gun for a tune-up

Erik Cordier was taken off the active roster on April 7 for some a tune-up at Ni-gun. The Buffaloes were looking at him as a closer, but they may now be considering another role for him. In the mean time, Yoshihisa Hirano will most likely take over as closer.

The Buffaloes are expected to add Pat Misch to the active roster.

Source: Sanspo 4/7/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/7/2016, Sponichi 4/7/2016, Sponichi 4/8/2016

Date Opp Desc IP BF H HR BB HBP SO WP BK R ER ERA BB/9 K/9 WHIP
03/25 SEI L 0.1 4 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 2 54.00 27.00 27.00 9.00
03/27 SEI S 1.0 7 3 0 1 0 3 0 0 1 1 20.25 13.50 27.00 5.25
03/30 HAM S 1.0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11.57 7.71 15.43 3.00
04/06 RAK 1.0 6 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 13.50 10.80 10.80 3.00
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YAK

[4/7/2016] Keiji Iwahashi taken off active roster on April 6

Keiji Iwahashi was hit by a pitch during a game against Hiroshima on April 5. He was taken off the active roster on April 6 with a bruise on his left ankle.

Source: Sanspo 4/7/2016

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CHU

[4/7/2016] Chunichi adds Masahiko Morino to the active roster

Masahiko Morino was added to the active roster today. He had a slow spring camp (3-for-28) and started the season at Ni-gun.

2016 Ni-gun Stats

AVG G AB PA R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB IBB HBP SO DP OBP SLG
.366 12 49 41 3 15 5 0 0 20 7 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 5 0 .469 .488
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[4/7/2016] NPB Fan Satisfaction Reports

Keio University Professor Hideo Suzuki has been publishing reports on NPB fan satisfaction since 2009. His latest report was uploaded to his research group’s website. If you can read Japanese, it is definitely worth a read.

Fan Satisfaction

Team Overall Team
Performance
Team
Player
Stadium Fan Services
Community Works
Uniforms
Logos
Cheering
Loyalty
Viewing
Loyalty
Softbank 72.59 83.07 79.48 68.17 68.17 71.24 73.98 73.23
Nippon Ham 66.45 65.42 69.55 67.03 67.03 67.87 66.28 64.76
Lotte 63.51 50.81 62.40 64.47 64.47 67.02 67.74 68.15
Yakult 63.05 71.37 71.49 59.44 59.44 65.34 67.82 67.44
Rakuten 62.92 41.83 57.89 64.12 64.12 63.69 67.23 66.59
Hiroshima 62.47 45.67 61.51 62.97 62.97 70.34 70.41 70.65
Seibu 61.37 48.90 62.92 60.83 60.83 64.47 67.36 66.71
Hanshin 60.03 51.49 59.75 58.36 58.36 67.14 65.81 64.42
Yomiuri 59.42 61.19 63.16 54.96 54.96 63.23 62.76 61.82
Orix 58.43 42.85 58.07 60.49 60.49 65.69 61.88 59.82
Yokohama 57.99 37.03 58.93 60.77 60.77 61.74 65.68 64.94
Chunichi 48.44 30.59 47.05 47.64 47.64 56.28 56.46 56.08
Total 61.43 52.65 62.75 60.80 60.80 65.36 66.16 65.43
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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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