[5/17/2016] Shinji Tajima extends scoreless games streak

Shinji Tajima extended his scoreless games streak to twenty-four games from the start of the season on May 17 during a game against Hanshin at Koshien Stadium and tied the Central League record set by Kazuhiro Sasaki in 1998 and Tetsuya Yamaguchi in 2012. The Pacific League record of twenty-six was set by Hideki Okajima in 2012.

Source: Sanspo 5/17/2016, Mainichi Shimbun 5/17/2016, Sports Hochi 5/17/2016

[UPDATE 5/19 @ 3:35am]

Tajima set a new Central League record on May 18 with his twenty-fifth straight scoreless appearance. He is one game away from tying the NPB record.

The NPB record for consecutive scoreless appearances that begins at any point during a season is thirty-eight, set by Kyuji Fujikawa in 2006. The franchise record is thirty-one, set by Akifumi Takahashi in 2005.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/18/2016, Sponichi 5/18/2016

[UPDATE 5/20 @ 11:23pm]

Tajima tied the NPB record on May 20bwith his twenty-sixth straight scoreless game from the start of the season.

Source: Sponichi 5/20/2016, Nikkan Sports 5/20/2016

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[5/17/2016] Marcos Mateo having problems with left hip

The media learned on May 16 that Marcos Mateo was in the hospital with pain in his left hip. He could be taken off the active roster depending on his condition.

Mateo first started feeling discomfort in the area about a week ago. He was able to pitch through it, but his condition did not improve and he was taken to a hospital after his outing against Yokohama on May 15 for tests. He is currently considered day-to-day. If his condition does not improve with a couple days of rest, the Tigers could opt to take him off the active roster.

If Mateo is taken off the active roster, Rafael Dolis could take over as closer. The move would also open a spot on the active roster for Matt Hague.

Source: Sanspo 5/17/2016


[5/17/2016] Nagisa Arakaki records 100th wild pitch

Nagisa Arakaki recorded his 100th career wild pitch during a game against Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium earlier today and became just the third player in NPB history to reach the milestone. The wild pitch came in the fourth inning with Brad Eldred up to bat.

Pitchers with 100 or more wild pitches:

  • Choji Murata – 148
  • Kazuhisa Ishii – 115
  • Nagisa Arakaki – 100

Incidentally, Arakaki also holds the Pacific League record for most wild pitches in a game (five set in 2008) and tied the Central League record (four) in 2014.

Source: Daily Sports 5/17/2016, Sponichi 5/17/2016


[5/17/2016] Nothing wrong with Daisuke Mastuzaka

Daisuke Matsuzaka visited a hospital in the Kanto region for a routine examination and to run tests on his right hand (he had difficulty gripping the ball during his last outing on May 14). No abnormalities were discovered.

Source: Sponichi 5/17/2016, Nikkan Sports 5/17/2016

[UPDATE 5/19 @ 3:30am]

To clarify: Matsuzaka was at the hospital for a routine examination. While specific tests were not performed on the hand, tests from the routine examination did not reveal any concerning abnormalities.

Source: ZakZak 5/18/2016


[5/17/2016] Shohei Otani homers in fifth straight game

Shohei Otani blasted the second pitch he saw from Rick van den Hurk for his fifth home run in as many games as a position player.

Otani is the first player in the NPB to homer in five consecutive games since Tony Blanco in 2013 and the first player in franchise history since Tony Solaita in 1981. The NPB record for home runs in consecutive games is seven, set by Sadaharu Oh in 1972 and Randy Bass in 1986. Otani is now also the youngest player to achieve the feat at twenty-one years and ten months. The previous record of twenty-two years and nine months was set by Tomio Tashiro in 1977.

Source: Sponichi 5/17/2016, Nikkan Sports 5/18/2016


[5/17/2016] Yudai Ono pitches two innings in scrimmage

Yudai Ono (left elbow) pitched in a batting practice scrimmage at Nagoya Stadium earlier today. It was his first scrimmage since his injury. He pitched two perfect innings and threw twenty-one pitches. He needed just eight pitches to get through the first inning.

Ono is set to throw about seventy pitches in his first Ni-gun rehab game on May 21 against Orix. He would like to make it back to the active roster in time for the Yakult at Nagoya Dome series that begins on May 27.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/17/2016, Nikkan Sports 5/17/2016


[5/17/2016] Kyuji Fujikawa will most likely remain in the bullpen

There are currently no plans to move Kyuji Fujikawa back to the starting rotation. When pitching coach Isao Koda was asked about the possibility of Fujikawa returning to the rotation on May 16, he said it was possible, since it was something he started out doing this year, but wondered if it was the best thing to do. He then said that unless the team needed a starter, he would rather see the thirty-five-year-old keep his current role since bouncing back and forth was not a good thing.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/17/2016


[5/17/2016] Hiroki Kuroda next start could come on May 20

Hiroki Kuroda (neck and right shoulder) will most likely return to the active roster in time for a start against Hanshin at Koshien on May 20. He worked out at Mazda Stadium on May 16 and threw thirteen pitches (fastballs, cutters, and two-seamers) off an incline for the first time since his injury.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/17/2016, Daily Sports 5/17/2016


[5/17/2016] Japhet Amador could be ready to make active roster on May 21

Japhet Amador hurt his left wrist in March. He is set to play in his first rehab game at Ni-gun today. He is expected to play in about five rehab games. If everything is okay, he could make the active roster in time for the Nippon Ham series that begins on May 21.

Source: Sponichi 5/17/2016


[5/17/2016] Seibu Lions: possible starters for next two series

According to Daily Sports, the Seibu Lions could go with the following starters over their next two series.

Chiba Lotte Marines at QVC Marine Field (May 17-19)

  • Isamu Sato
  • Yusei Kikuchi
  • Kona Takahashi

Softbank Hawks at YafuOku Dome (May 21-22)

  • Shinsaburo Tawata
  • Ryoma Nogami

Source: Daily Sports 5/17/2016

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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