[6/14/2016] One possible location for Nippon Ham’s new stadium

The media learned on June 14 that Kitahiroshima, Hokkaido is a location that Nippon Ham is considering for their new stadium. Kitahiroshima Mayor Masami Ueno told the media that he was planning to begin discussions of what the city can do to attract the team during upcoming city meetings. The mayor is also planning to visit the Fighters on June 17 to let them know of their intentions.

Nippon Ham is said to be considering fifteen to twenty locations for their new stadium. The city of Kitahiroshima began discussing options when they found out in March that their proposed Kitahiroshima Sports Park site was included in the list.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/14/2016, Daily Sports 6/14/2016


[6/14/2016] Next starts for Nao Higashihama and Kenichi Nakata

Nao Higashihama and Kenichi Nakata will most likely swap starts because of match-ups and rest. Higashihama will be moved up a day to June 16 against Yakult at Jingu Stadium with Nakata pushed back a day to June 17 against Hanshin at Koshien Stadium.

Source: Daily Sports 6/14/2016


[6/14/2016] Kazuhiro Hatakeyama out with left wrist injury

The Yakult Swallows took Kazuhiro Hatakeyama off the active roster on June 13 with pain in his left wrist. He hurt the wrist before the start of the season and aggravated it during a game against Lotte on June 11. He feels pain in his wrist when he catches baseballs and swings the bat.

Source: Sanspo 6/14/2016


[6/14/2016] Jumpei Takahashi to get start against Hanwha’s farm team

Jumpei Takahashi is set to get his first pro start on June 15 against Hanwha’s farm team. The San-gun Softbank Hawks are currently in Korea to play a number of exhibition games against KBO minor league teams.

Source: Sponichi 6/14/2016


[6/14/2016] Yomiuri Giants: starters for the Rakuten series

Yomiuri Giants’ starters for the Rakuten series that begins tonight at Tokyo Dome.

  • June 14 – Kazuto Taguchi
  • June 15 – Tetsuya Utsumi
  • June 16 – Kan Otake

Source: Sponichi 6/14/2016


[6/13/2016] JPBPA would like 2017 season to start on April 7

The Japan Professional Baseball Players Association (JPBPA) met with the NPB earlier today in Tokyo. They discussed a number of issues, including when to start the 2017 season.

The NPB is currently planning to start the 2017 season on March 31, however the JPBPA would like the league to consider the condition of players returning from the World Baseball Classic and push the start of the season back to April 7.

Players that participated in the 2013 World Baseball Classic had only about a week to prepare for the season. The JPBPA would like to give WBC players two weeks next year.

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


Victoria Series: Kyoto Flora at Saitama Astraia – June 11,12

June 11 at Ageo Baseball Stadium – 13:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Kyoto Flora 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 3 3 1
Saitama Astraia 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 0

WP: Mika Konishi (10 G, 2-4)
Sv: Minami Yano (5 G, 0-1, 2 Sv)
LP: Mai Yamazaki (9 G, 0-1)

Game Time: 2h20m
Attendance: 1045

Hero Interview

  • Mika Konishi = 25 BF, 106 NP, 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 SO, 4 BB, 1 HBP, 1 R, 0 ER. She tossed six solid innings.

Game Page | Highlights


June 12 at Omiya Baseball Stadium – 18:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Kyoto Flora 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 7 1
Saitama Astraia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 2

WP: Minako Uemura (10 G, 3-3)
LP: Yukari Isozaki (8 G, 2-5)

Game Time: 2h06m
Attendance: 1068

Hero Interview

  • Minako Uemura = 28 BF, 118 NP, 7.0 IP, 6 H, 4 SO, 3 BB, 0 HBP, 0 R, 0 ER. She recorded a six-hit shutout.

Game Page | Highlights



[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