[5/24/2016] Hiroyuki Nakajima to return to the active roster

Junichi Fukura is planning to add Hiroyuki Nakajima (right calf) to the active roster today. He is also planning to give the veteran the start at either first or third against Softbank at YafuOku Dome, since Tony Blanco is the designated hitter.

Nakajima recently played in two Ni-gun games against Chunichi (May 20, 21) and went 4-for-9 with two RBI. He has also hit well at YafuOku Dome last year — he went 12-for-38 with five home runs, ten RBI, and a slash line of .316/.458/.711.

Source: Sponichi 5/24/2016, Sports Hochi 5/24/2016, Daily Sports 5/24/2016


[5/25/2016] Takayuki Kishi might make active roster before the end of Inter-league play

Takayuki Kishi (right adductor) could pitch in a Ni-gun rehab game on either May 31 or June 1 (both against Yokohama at Seibu Prince Dome). There is a chance he might be able to make the active roster before the end of Inter-league play.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/24/2016, Daily Sports 5/24/2016


[5/25/2016] Hanshin Tigers to go with a bullpen by committee

The Hanshin Tigers are planning to go with a bullpen by committee for their next six games before the start of Inter-league play. Marcos Mateo and Kyuji Fujikawa will be the primary options to close games. Akifumi Takahashi could also be thrown into the mix if they need a left-handed option.

Source: Sponichi 5/24/2016


[5/24/2016] Tateki Abe to have Tommy John surgery

The media learned on May 23 that Tateki Abe will have Tommy John surgery at a hospital in Kanagawa within the next few days. Abe hurt his elbow during spring camp in February. He originally opted for non-invasive treatment, but recently decided to go with the surgery after discussions with the Yokohama Bay Stars.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/24/2016


[5/24/2016] Yomiuri Giants to make Ni-gun film available to players and coaches

The Yomiuri Giants are planning to install six video cameras around Giants Stadium. They will record games at the stadium from multiple angles. The footage will be available to all players and coaches in the organization over their tablets.

Camera locations

  • one behind home plate
  • two in the first base dugout
  • three in the third base dugout

The cameras will begin recording footage on June 3.

Source: Sponichi 5/24/2016


[5/24/2016] Matt Clark tied the knot in November

Matt Clark told Sponichi that he tied the knot with Julia Morales in November last year. The two were dating when Clark was a member of the Chunichi Dragons in 2013. She is hoping to visit Japan some time in July.

Clark is expected to make his Ni-gun debut with Orix some time this week, as soon as he gets his work visa.

Source: Sponichi 5/24/2016


[5/24/2016] Seibu Lions to meet with Ernesto Mejia’s agent

The media learned on May 23 that the Seibu Lions are planning to meet Ernesto Mejia’s agent, Peter Greenberg, within the next few days to discuss a possible contract extension.

Greenberg in currently in Japan and attended the Seibu-Lotte game at QVC Marine on May 19 and the Softbank-Seibu game at Seibu Prince Dome on May 22. He spoke to reporters and said Mejia was set to become a free agent after the season. Sanspo seems to think the Lions might be willing to go up to around 600 million yen a year (the same amount they paid Alex Cabrera in 2006 and 2007) to keep him in Saitama and away from other NPB teams.

Source: Sanspo 5/24/2016


[5/24/2016] No two-way for Shohei Otani during All-Star games

Kimiyasu Kudo would like to use Shohei Otani as a two-way player during the upcoming All-Star games, but Hideki Kuriyama put that idea to rest when he told reporters there were no exceptions to Nippon Ham’s usage rules.

Source: Sponichi 5/24/2016, Chunichi Sports 5/24/2016


[5/24/2016] Kei Igawa is planning to join the Hyogo Blue Sandars

Thirty-six-year-old Kei Igawa is not ready to retire and is planning to join the Hyogo Blue Sandars out of the Baseball First League. Igawa has been practicing with the team since April and is close to being ready to play.

Igawa reportedly received offers from a number of teams, but may have picked Hyogo because of his connections: manager Akihiro Yamasaki is former teammate Sachiya Yamasaki’s father and coach Toshiyuki Tsuzuki used to be a trainer in the Hanshin organization when he played for the Tigers.

Source: Sponichi 5/24/2016


Victoria Series: Hyogo Dione at Saitama Astraia – May 21,22

May 21 at Koshigaya Baseball Stadium – 13:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Hyogo Dione 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 8 0
Saitam Astraia 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 0

WP: Ayami Sato (6 G, 6-0)
LP: Yukari Isozaki (6 G, 1-4)

Game Time: 1h53m
Attendance: 626

Hero Interview

  • Ayami Sato = 27 BF, 94 NP, 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 SO, 1 BB, 1 ER. She recorded her sixth straight complete game victory.

Game Page | Highlights


May 22 at Koshigaya Baseball Stadium – 13:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Hyogo Dione 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 7 0
Saitam Astraia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1

WP: Mika Miyahara (6 G, 2-0)
LP: Miku Kayano (6 G, 1-1)

Game Time: 2h7m
Attendance: 813

Hero Interview

  • Mika Miyahara = 27 BF, 96 NP, 7.0 IP, 4 H, 3 SO, 3 BB, 0 ER. She picked up her first shutout of the year.

Game Page | Highlights


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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