[6/16/2016] Chihiro Kaneko return to active roster in time for start on June 22

Chihiro Kaneko (right shoulder) is scheduled to join Ichi-gun practices on June 22. If he has no problems throwing the ball, he could return to the active roster in time for a start on June 28 against Rakuten.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/16/2016


[6/16/2016] Yokohama Bay Stars to give money back to fans if…

Yuki Yanagita blasted a huge home run that hit the scoreboard and damaged a panel during Inter-league play on June 3 last year. The Yokohama Bay Stars announced on June 15 that they would give a total 100 million yen back to fans if one of their own players can hit the same scoreboard at a higher point.

Additional details:

  • offer good between June 15 and the end of Inter-league play
  • a Yokohama player has to hit a home run off the scoreboard in center at Yokohama Stadium at a higher point than Yanagita
  • the first 10,000 customers with tickets to the game where the home run was hit can exchange their used ticket (including purchases made with smartphones) for a 1,000 yen discount on a purchase over 1,000 yen at the team store.

Source: Yokohama announcement


[6/16/2016] Ryosuke Hirata has pain in left leg

Ryosuke Hirata was left out of the starting line-up tonight against Lotte at Nagoya Dome because of discomfort in his leg. He visited a hospital for tests during practices and returned to crutches (he was dragging his left leg). The Chunichi Dragons could end up taking him off the active roster tomorrow.

Hirata had problems with his left hip in April. He more recently complained of lower back pain.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/16/2016, Sports Hochi 6/16/2016


[6/16/2016] Schedule Changes

The following additions were made to the Inter-league schedule.

  • June 20 – Nippon Ham vs Yokohama at Yokohama Stadium – 18:00 (June 16 rain out)

Source: NPB announcement, Yokohama announcement


[6/16/2016] Kazuhisa Makita out with right knee pain

Kazuhisa Makita was taken off the active roster today with pain in his right knee. Head Coach Tetsuya Shiozaki told reporters Makita was okay to pitch (his shoulder and elbow are fine), but was unable to run.

Source: Sanspo 6/16/2016

[UPDATE @ 11:37pm]

Shiozaki also told reporters Makita first started having problems around May.

Source: Chunichi Sports 6/16/2016


[6/16/2016] Mazda All-Star Game 2016, latest voting results from June 16

Entry Type Valid Entries Invalid Entries Total Entries
Internet 141,929 0 141,929
Mobile Phone 264,534 0 264,534
Paper 321,543 3,082 324,625
Totals 728,006 3,082 731,088

Total number of votes: 11,900,411



[6/16/2016] Brad Eldred taken off active roster

Brad Eldred was taken off the active roster today.

Eldred was examined at a hospital in Hiroshima today and diagnosed with a contusion on his right biceps femoris. He will require two to three weeks of medical treatment and will begin a rehab program at San-gun on June 17.

Hector Luna (right hamstring) was called up to take Eldred’s spot on the active roster.

Source: Daily Sports 6/16/2016, Nikkan Sports 6/16/2016


[6/16/2016] Leyson Septimo makes Ni-gun debut

Leyson Septimo made his Ni-gun debut during a game against Softbank at Nagoya Dome earlier today. He entered the game in the sixth inning and retired the side in order.

  • Ayatsugu Yamashita – strikeout swinging
  • Kaisei Sone – ground out to second
  • Go Kamamoto – strikeout swinging

Septimo threw fifteen pitches and topped out at 146km/h.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/16/2016, Sanspo 6/16/2016


[6/16/2016] Shuichi Murata records tenth career walk-off hit

Shuichi Murata recorded the tenth walk-off hit of his career on June 15 against the Rakuten Eagles at Tokyo Dome. The walk-off hit was also his fourth in a Yomiuri uniform and his fifth during Inter-league play.

Inter-league Walk-offs

  • May 6, 2005 against Lotte
  • June 9, 2006 against Orix
  • June 21, 2008 against Seibu
  • June 9, 2012 against Seibu
  • June 15, 2016 against Rakuten

Murata is now in sole possession of first on the All-time list for Inter-league walk-off hits. He started the day tied with Matt Murton.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/16/2016


[6/16/2016] Toshiya Sugiuchi tosses bullpen session to squatting catcher

Toshiya Sugiuchi (right hip) threw thirty-one pitches, including off-speed pitches, to a squatting catcher in the bullpen at Giants Stadium on June 15. It was his first session with a squatting catcher since he had surgery on his right hip in October last year.

Sugiuchi told reporters he would not be perform as a starter until he was able to throw at least 100 pitches.

Source: Sponichi 6/16/2016

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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