[6/13/2016] at home Hero Award for May

The at home Hero Award for May was given to Hayato Sakamoto for his performance against Yakult at Tokyo Dome on May 13. With the Giants down 2-1 and runners on first and second and two out in the twelfth inning, Sakamoto hit a double to left that plated both runners and gave his team a come-from-behind 3-2 walk-off victory.

Source: at home announcement, box score


[6/13/2016] Takehiro Ishikawa bruises right elbow

Takehiro Ishikawa suffered a bruise on his right elbow when he stole second base in the top of the fifth inning of a game against the Orix Buffaloes at Kyocera Dome on June 12. He was removed on defense in the bottom-half of the inning as a precaution.

Source: Sanspo 6/13/2016


[6/13/2016] Shun Yamaguchi notches second shutout in a row

Shun Yamaguchi recorded a shutout victory against the Orix Buffaloes on June 12. It was his second shutout victory in as many starts.

Yamaguchi is:

  • the first Yokohama pitcher to record consecutive shutouts since Hayato Terahara (September 28 against Yakult, October 5 against Yakult) and Daisuke Miura (July 7 against Hiroshima, July 13 against Yakult) in 2007.
  • the third pitcher to record consecutive shutouts during Inter-league play. The other two: Yu Darvish in 2011 (three in a row between May 28 and June 8) and Takahiro Norimoto in 2014 (May 22 against Yokohama, May 28 against Yomiuri).

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/13/2016, Sanspo 6/13/2016


[6/13/2016] Hiroshima Carp: starters for the next three games

According to Daily Sports, the following Hiroshima Carp pitchers will be getting starts during the Seibu series that begins on June 14 at Mazda Stadium.

  • June 14 – Takaya Toda
  • June 15 – Kris Johnson
  • June 16 – Yusuke Nomura

Source: Daily Sports 6/13/2016


[6/13/2016] Yuki Karakawa leaves start with blister

Yuki Karakawa left his start against the Yakult Swallows on June 12 at QVC Marine after five innings and sixty-six pitches because he developed a blister on his right middle finger. He wanted to keep pitching, but was removed as a precaution and out of consideration for his next start.

Source: Sponichi 6/13/2016


[6/13/2016] Marcos Mateo to return to the active roster on June 14

Marcos Mateo (right shoulder) is set to rejoin the active roster in time for the Orix series that begins on June 14 at Koshien Stadium. The Hanshin Tigers decided he was ready after he topped 153km/h during a one-inning Ni-gun relief stint on June 11.

Source: Sponichi 6/13/2016, Daily Sports 6/13/2016, Nikkan Sports 6/13/2016


[6/13/2016] Eiichi Koyano out with hamstring strain

Eiichi Koyano was examined at a hospital in Kobe and diagnosed with a strain in hie left hamstring. He will require about six weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Sponichi 6/13/2016, Nikkan Sports 6/13/2016


[6/13/2016] Softbank Hawks hit one million in attendance on June 9

The Softbank Hawks hit one million in attendance on June 9. They reached the milestone in thirty-two home games, one more than last year.



[6/12/2016] Shintaro Fujinami resumes playing catch

Shintaro Fujinami (bruised right thumb) resumed playing catch on June 12 in preparation for his next start. He still has some swelling and pain, but is otherwise okay. He would like to make his next start if possible.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/12/2016, Daily Sports 6/12/2016


[6/12/2016] Eiichi Koyano, Yoshio Itoi leave early

Eiichi Koyano hurt his left hamstring while running the bases in the second inning against the Yokohama Bay Stars at Kyocera Dome earlier today. He was removed on defense in the third inning.

Yoshio Itoi was pulled from today’s game on defense in the seventh inning. He apparently developed cramps in both his calves. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Daily Sports 6/12/2016, Sponichi 6/12/2016