[5/28/2016] Island League: Ehime Mandarin Pirates finish in first for the first-half

The Ehime Mandarin Pirates clinched first place for the first-half of the season on May 28. They beat the Kochi Fighting Dogs 8-3 while the second place Tokushima Indigo Socks dropped their game against the Kagawa Olive Guyners, 3-1.

Source: IL announcement, Nikkan Sports 5/28/2016

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RAK

[5/28/2016] Japhet Amador hurts left hand

Japhet Amador hurt the back of his left hand during his at bat in the 6th inning against Nippon Ham at kobo Stadium on May 27. He was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the eighth and taken to a hospital in Sendai for tests.

Source: Sanspo 5/28/2016

[UPDATE 5/29 @ 10:23am]

The Eagles are expected to take Amador off the active roster today. Luis Okoye will most likely be called up.

Source: Daily Sports 5/29/2016

[UPDATE 5/29 @ 1:38pm]

Amador was examined at a hospital on May 28 and diagnosed with a bone contusion on the fourth metacarpal of his left hand. He will require about four weeks for a full recovery. He was taken off the active roster today.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/29/2016

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HAN

[5/28/2016] Marcos Mateo has inflammation in right shoulder

Marcos Mateo was taken off the active roster today. He was examined at a hospital in Tokyo and diagnosed with inflammation in his right shoulder.

Source: Sponichi 5/28/2016, Daily Sports 5/28/2016

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[5/28/2016] Taiki Mitsumata adds catcher practices to his workouts

Taiki Mitsumata started working out at catcher during practices at Nagoya Dome on May 23. He caught pitchers during batting practice and tested his arm with throws to second base. He also played one inning as a catcher during a Ni-gun game against Hanshin at Nagoya Stadium on May 26 (he caught Takeshi Kaneko).

Mitsumata has no real experience at catcher, other than a few practices games when he was in junior high school and high school.

Source: Sponichi 5/28/2016

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HAN

[5/28/2016] Yuta Iwasada notches first career shutout against Yomiuri Giants

Yuta Iwasada made his first appearance against the Yomiuri Giants on May 27 at Tokyo Dome and recorded the first shutout of his career.

Some notes:

  • He is the first Hanshin pitcher to toss a shutout in their first game against the Yomiuri Giants since Keiichi Yabu on May 24, 1994 at Koshien Stadium.
  • He is the first Hanshin pitcher to toss a 1-0 shutout against the Yomiuri Giants since Shintaro Fujinami on May 20, 2015 at Koshien Stadium and the first Hanshin pitcher to toss a 1-0 shutout against the Yomiuri Giants at their home field since Yukio Ito on July 15, 1971 at Korakuen.
  • He is the first Hanshin pitcher to record a 1-0 shutout where the lone run scored in the first inning since Nobuyuki Hoshino on April 23, 2000 against the Yakult Swallows at Koshien Stadium. He is the first Hanshin pitcher to do it against the Yomiuri Giants since Yutaka Enatsu on April 20, 1968 at Korakuen.
  • He is the tenth pitcher since 1950 to record their first career shutout against the Yomiuri Giants, first since Takahiro Norimoto tossed a 4-0 shutout on May 28, 2014 at Tokyo Dome. Two other Hanshin pitchers also accomplished the feat: Matt Keough in 1987 and Yabu in 1994.

Source: Sanspo 5/29/2016, Nikkan Sports 5/28/2016

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[5/28/2016] Yokohama Bay Stars having a good May

Through the end of May 27, Yokohama Bay Stars are 14-6-1 in the month of May. With three games left to play this month, the Bay Stars can do no worse than a 14-9-1 record.

The last time Yokohama won fourteen or more games in a month was in May 2015 (16-10-0). The last time they won fourteen or more games and lost less then ten in one month was in September 1998 (14-8-0).

Source: Sanspo 5/28/2016

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[5/28/2016] Jumpei Takahashi to make Ni-gun debut today

Jumpei Takahashi is scheduled to make his Ni-gun debut today against Hiroshima at Chikugo and pitch two innings in relief. He was originally slated to make his debut on May 29, but with rain in the forecast, the Softbank Hawks decided to push his schedule up a day.

Source: Daily Sports 5/28/2016

[UPDATE @ 6:26pm]

Takahashi entered today’s Ni-gun game against Hiroshima in the second inning. He pitched two innings and topped out at 148km/h.

Line: 2.0 IP, 42 NP, 3 H, 2 BB, 2 SO, 2 R

Source: Tokyo Sports 5/28/2016, Nikkan Sports 5/28/2016Sponichi 5/28/2016

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[5/28/2016] Tomoya Mori could return to the active roster on June 3

Tomoya Mori could return to the active roster in time for the start of an Inter-league series against Hanshin at Koshien Stadium on June 3. He will most likely be used a bat off the bench.

Mori is 25-for-79 with a slash line of .316/.419/.633 in twenty-one Ni-gun games since he was taken off the active roster on May 23. Four of the eight hits he has recorded in his last five games have been home runs.

Source: Daily Sports 5/28/2016

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YOM

[5/28/2016] Leslie Anderson taken off active roster

Leslie Anderson missed the Hanshin game at Tokyo Dome on May 27 because he was a little banged up from the Hiroshima game at Mazda Stadium on May 26 — he fouled a pitch off himself and bumped into a base-runner while playing defense at first.

Source: Sanspo 5/27/2016

[UPDATE 5/29 @ 10:14am]

Anderson was taken off the active roster on May 28 with pain in his right ankle.

Source: Daily Sports 5/29/2016

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HAM

[5/27/2016] Kensuke Kondo to resume workouts at catcher

Kensuke Kondo was taken off the active roster today because of performance issues. He will also resume workouts as a catcher. The Nippon Ham Fighters used Kondo in right last season to keep his bat in the line-up. His numbers have not been very good this season, making it difficult for the team to continue sending him out to right. Catching would give the Fighters additional options.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/27/2016, Sponichi 5/27/2016

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
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
G W L T
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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