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[4/19/2016] Tetsuto Yamada to appear in Adidas commercial

Tetsuto Yamada is under contract with Adidas. The media learned on April 18 that he will be sharing screen time in a national TV spot with soccer player Shinji Kagawa between late-April and early-May. Yamada will be the first professional baseball player to make it into a national TV spot for Adidas.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/19/2016

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LOT

[4/19/2016] Lotte to stream Ni-gun games at Lotte Urawa

The Chiba Lotte Marines announced today that they will stream Ni-gun home games at Lotte Urawa Stadium at Nico Nico Live (Eastern League and Challenge Match games). Streams will begin thirty minutes before the first pitch and end when games end. There will be no stream when games are canceled.

Source: Lotte announcement

[UPDATE 4/21 @ 4:56am]

The first Ni-gun game was streamed over NicoNico on April 20 and 24,828 fans watched Lotte take on Seibu.

Source: Daily Sports 4/20/2016

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HAN

[4/19/2016] Hanshin Tigers replace Hague with Dolis

Matt Hague was taken off the active roster on April 18 for two reasons: his struggles at the plate (1-for-20 with two strikeouts and three walks in his last seven games) and to make room for Rafael Dolis.

Had Hague been hitting well, the Tigers may have had a more difficult decision to make with Dolis. As it stands, they get to replace a slumping bat with an extra arm to bolster the bullpen.

Source: Sponichi 4/19/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/19/2016

Dolis Ni-gun Stats

G W L Sv WPCT IP AB H HR BB HBP SO WP BK R ER ERA BB/9 K/9 WHIP
7 1 0 1 1.000 11.1 37 6 1 4 0 9 1 1 2 2 1.59 3.18 7.15 0.88
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SOF

[4/19/2016] Akira Niho has surgery on right elbow

The Softbank Hawks announced today that Akira Niho had reconstructive surgery on his right elbow medial collateral ligament at a hospital in the Kanto region. He will most likely require about ten months for a full recovery.

Niho was scratched from an exhibition game against Yakult at YafuOku Dome on March 13 with discomfort in his right elbow.

Source: Sponichi 4/19/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/19/2016

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[4/19/2016] Motonobu Tanishige out with the flu

Motonobu Tanishige was examined at a hospital in Nagoya and diagnosed with influenza A. He will not be able to rejoin the team until he gets the green light from doctors. It is uncertain if he will make it back in time for Chunichi’s next game on April 22 against Yakult at Nagoya Dome.

Source: Sponichi 4/19/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/19/2016

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SOF

[4/19/2016] Ryuma Kidokoro earns domestic FA option

Ryuma Kidokoro earned his domestic FA option today with eight years of service time on the active roster.

Source: Daily Sports 4/19/2016, Sponichi 4/19/2016

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SOF

[4/18/2016] Yuki Yoshimura makes some history

Yuki Yoshimura recorded two big home runs against the Rakuten Eagles on April 17: he tied the game in the ninth inning with a pinch-hit three-run home run and won the game on a walk-off two-run home run in the twelfth inning. He is the sixth player in NPB history (third in Pacific League history) to record a pinch-hit home run and walk-off home run in the same game, first since Hitoshi Tamura on May 10, 2013. He joined Tamotsu Kimura (May 18, 1961) as the only player in franchise history to accomplish the feat. Only one other player has hit a pinch-hit home run to tie a game in the ninth and hit a walk-off in extra innings: Yasuo Fujii on October 9, 1997.

Source: Sanspo 4/18/2016, Sponichi 4/18/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/18/2016

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SOF

[4/18/2016] A. Nakamura day-to-day after taking pitch off calf

Akira Nakamura took a pitch off the inner part of his left calf during his at bat in the fifth inning against Rakuten on April 17. He was replaced on defense in the seventh because he was having some difficulty running. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/18/2016

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HAN

[4/18/2016] Kai Ueda resumes running

Kai Ueda hurt his right ankle while running the bases during a Ni-gun game against Orix on April 15. He resumed running at Naruohama on April 17.

Source: Sanspo 4/18/2016

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RAK

[4/18/2016] Wataru Karashima hurts left shoulder

Wataru Karashima hurt his left shoulder during practices on April 18 and was taken off the active roster. No other information is known at this time.

Source: Daily Sports 4/18/2016

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