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 4/8/20162 Comments
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 4/8/20160 Comments
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 1970.0 Comments
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 4/7/20160 Comments
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.0 Comments
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.0 Comments
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.
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 4/7/20160 Comments
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.
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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.