[4/23/2016] Summer Koshien finals game to be pushed back an hour

The Japan High School Baseball Federation announced that the steering committee decided to push back the start of the finals game by an hour to 14:00 out of consideration for the Olympics. Assuming no rain outs, the finals game is scheduled to take place on the same day of the Rio Olympics’ closing ceremony (August 21).

The committee is also thinking about collecting donations for relief efforts in Kumamoto during the tournament.

Source: Daily Sports 4/20/2016

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[4/23/2016] Koji Yamamoto dead at sixty-four

Former Yomiuri Giant Koji Yamamoto died of liver cancer at 1:41pm on April 23 at his home in Kitakyushu. He was sixty-four. Memorial services will be held on April 26.

Yamamoto was selected by Yomiuri in the fifth round of the 1975 draft. He was later traded to Lotte in 1984 and retired in 1988. He remained in the Lotte organization as a hitting coach (1989-1993 Ichi-gun, 1994 Ni-gun, 1995-1996 Ichi-gun) before moving up to manager (1997-1998 Ni-gun, 1999-2003 Ichi-gun). He returned to the Yomiuri organization for two years and then became a baseball analyst and commentator. He started taking things slow in 2008 because heart problems. His son Musashi was drafted by Yokohama last winter.

Source: Sponichi 4/23/2016Nikkan Sports 4/24/2016

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[4/23/2016] Masataka Yoshida leaves game early with waist/hip pain

Masataka Yoshida was removed on defense in the fourth inning against Lotte on April 23 because he felt pain in his waist/hip region. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Daily Sports 4/23/2016Nikkan Sports 4/23/2016

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[4/23/2016] Toritani set new personal high for RBIs in a game on April 22

Takashi Toritani drove in six runs against Hiroshima on April 22 and set a new personal high for RBIs in a single game. His previous high was five, set once in 2008, once in 2010, and twice in 2013.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/23/2016

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[4/23/2016] Takayama recorded third four-hit game of the year on April 22

Shun Takayama notched his third four-hit game of the season on April 22 against Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium. He joined Shiro Takegami (1967), Terumitsu Kumano (1985), and Kazuhiro Kiyohara (1986) as the only players since the start of the draft in 1966 to collect three four-hit games in their first year. Takayama is the only one to accomplish the feat before the end of April.

Source: Sanspo 4/23/2016, Sponichi 4/23/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/23/2016

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[4/23/2016] Tomoya Mori sent down to Ni-gun

Tomoya Mori was sent down to Ni-gun on April 23 for an adjustment and extra playing time.

Source: Sponichi 4/23/2016

G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SO BB IBB HBP SH SF SB CS DP AVG OBP SLG OPS
16 48 43 4 9 0 0 1 12 5 17 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .209 .292 .279 .571
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[4/23/2016] Sky Screen coming to YafuOku Dome

The Softbank Hawks announced that they will be unveiling a hanging big-screen on May 6, the first of its kind for a baseball stadium in Japan.

The hanging screen will be 31.2 meters wide and six meters tall. It will be located above a secondary scoreboard behind home plate. The screen will primarily be for fans fans sitting in the outfield seats.

Source: Softbank announcement

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[4/23/2016] Takayuki Kajitani nearing return

Takayuki Kajitani could make it back to the active roster for the start of the Yakult series at Yokohama that begins on May 3. Kajitani hurt his left side when he crashed into a fence during fielding practice in February. He no longer feels pain and is slated to play in his first rehab game at Ni-gun on April 26.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/23/2016

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[4/23/2016] Tsuyoshi Ueda suffers pinky toe avulsion fracture

Tsuyoshi Ueda was taken off the active roster today. He took a pitch off his right foot when he entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning against Chunichi on April 22. He was examined at a hospital in Nagoya and diagnosed with an avulsion fracture in his right pinky toe. There is no timetable on his recovery.

Source: Sponichi 4/23/2016

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[4/22/2016] Tomoyuki Sugano leaves game early with popped blister

Tomoyuki Sugano left the Yokohama game at Tokyo Dome early with a popped blister.

Source: Daily Sports 4/23/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/23/2016

[UPDATE @ 4:05pm]

Sugano had a blister on his right middle finger that popped in the second inning. He managed to keep pitching because he drained it in between innings. The finger started getting numb in the sixth inning. He gave pitching coach Kiyoshi Toyoda a full update about the blister after the seventh inning.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/23/2016

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