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[5/6/2016] Rakuten Eagles to part ways with Jonny Gomes

The Rakuten Eagles announced today that they received and accepted a request to be released from Jonny Gomes. The Eagles filed paperwork to place Gomes on waivers.

The following comment from Gomes was also posted:

To all Eagles’ fans

I wanted to express how lucky I felt for the chance to play in front of the best fans. The energy and passion I felt from everyone at the ballpark gave me strength and provided a positive playing environment. Even though my season ended quickly, I am very grateful. I hope our paths will cross again in the future. Thank you very much.

Source: Rakuten announcement

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LOT

[5/5/2016] Shogo Nakamura fine after getting hit in head

Shogo Nakamura was hit by a pitch in the head during his at bat in the seventh inning (attempting to bunt, left side of the head) against the Rakuten Eagles earlier today. He remained in the game and finished the day with four hits: single to left, walk and a stolen base, single to right, HBP, single to left and a stolen base, and home run to left.

Nakamura was taken to a hospital in Sendai after the game for tests. No abnormalities were discovered. He was diagnosed with a bruise on the left side of his head.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/5/2016

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CHU

[5/5/2016] Ryosuke Oguma pulled after taking ball off wrist

Ryosuke Oguma was pulled from his start against the Hanshin Tigers at Nagoya Dome after he took a batted ball off his right wrist while pitching to Fumihito Haraguchi in the fourth inning.

The ball Haraguchi hit appeared to be headed for Oguma’s head. The pitcher took cover by raising both arms toward his face.

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

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HAM

[5/5/2016] Keisuke Tanimoto takes batted ball off knee

Keisuke Tanimoto left yesterday’s (May 4) game against Softbank at Sapporo Dome after he took a batted ball off his right knee while pitching to Seiichi Uchikawa in the eighth inning. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Sanspo 5/5/2016

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[5/5/2016] Louis Okoye set to play in rehab game on May 6

Louis Okoye (right elbow) is currently working out in Sendai. He got about a week off from games and is now slated to play in his first Ni-gun rehab game on May 6 against Lotte at QVC Marine.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/5/2016

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YOM

[5/5/2016] Miles Mikolas tosses bullpen session

Miles Mikolas (right shoulder) tossed a bullpen session at Giants Stadium on May 4. It was his first session since February. He threw twenty pitches to a squatting catcher. He is hoping to pitch in his first rehab game before the end of the month. If things goes smoothly, he could make the active roster in early June.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/5/2016

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HAM

[5/5/2016] Yuki Saito added to the active roster

The Nippon Ham Fighters added Yuki Saito to the active roster today. Hideki Kuriyama is planning to use Saito as a long reliever with a chance to move into the starting rotation if he pitches well.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/5/2016

2016 Stats

G GS CG ShO W L Sv HD HP WPCT IP AB H HR BB HBP SO WP BK R ER ERA BB/9 SO/9 WHIP
7 5 1 0 2 3 0 .400 34.0 132 32 1 7 0 27 2 0 17 15 3.97 1.85 7.15 1.15
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[5/5/2016] Luis Perez to get an Ichi-gun start

Luis Perez is set to make his debut as a starter on May 7 against Hanshin at Koshien Stadium. All ten of his Ichi-gun appearances this season have come in relief.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/5/2016

2016 Stats

G GS CG ShO W L Sv HD HP WPCT IP AB H HR BB HBP SO WP BK R ER ERA BB/9 SO/9 WHIP
10 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 2 .500 10.2 42 12 1 7 1 9 2 0 9 9 7.59 5.91 7.59 1.78
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[5/5/2016] Yusuke Nomura records two timely hits in one game

Yusuke Nomura recorded two timely hits in yesterday’s (May 4) game against the Yomiuri Giants (second inning and fourth inning). He is the first pitcher to record two timely hits in one game since Randy Messenger on August 5, 2014, and the first Hiroshima pitcher since Makoto Kito on June 28, 1999.

Of the nine timely hits recorded by a pitcher this season (including home runs), five have come against the Yomiuri Giants: Messenger on April 7, Yudai Ono on April 8, Juri Hara on May 1, and Nomura (two) on May 4.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/5/2016

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[5/4/2016] Ernesto Mejia keeps on keeping on

Mejia loves day games:

  • 16 G, 22-for-60, 11 HR, 21 RBI, .367/.458/.967
  • 15 G, 18-for-61, 2 HR, 12 RBI, .295/.328/.443
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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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