[5/13/2016] Shohei Otani the hitter to sit out Seibu series

Hideki Kuriyama does not plan on using Shohei Otani as a hitter during the Seibu series that begins tonight at Sapporo Dome because he wants the pitcher to focus on winning his next start on May 15. Kuriyama is not as concerned about Otani’s bat, as he is about Otani continuing his development as a pitcher.

Source: Sponichi 5/13/2016, Nikkan Sports 5/13/2016


[5/13/2016] Part of why Jonny Gomes may have left Rakuten

Nikkan Sports picked up a FoxSports article quoting Jonny Gomes about his time with the Rakuten Eagles.

“I hated not being able to talk to all my teammates because of the language,” Gomes said. “I would just sit in front of my locker solo and sit in the dugout and couldn’t talk.

“The earthquake also was scary — if something happened, I couldn’t communicate. Everything else was awesome. Great team, city, food, all of the above.”

Source: Fox Sports 5/10/2016 via Nikkan Sports 5/13/2016


[5/13/2016] Orix Buffaloes sign Matt Clark

According to a number of media reports, the Orix Buffaloes have finalized a contract with twenty-nine-year-old infielder Matt Clark. He has already passed his physical and an announcement is expected soon.

Back in November, Clark tweeted that he was a free agent interested in returning to Japan. He also sent the message to the Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, and Chunichi Dragons.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/13/2016, Daily Sports 5/13/2016, Sponichi 5/13/2016

[UPDATE 5/16 @ 9:16am]

The Buffaloes may have unofficially asked Clark to refrain from posting tweets that referred to his contract with the team. Orix has yet to make an official announcement about their agreement.

Source: Sponichi 5/16/2016

[UPDATE 5/17 @ 4:00pm]

The Buffaloes announced that they reached an agreement with Clark. A press conference is scheduled for May 19. He has been assigned the uniform number 44.

Source: Daily Sports 5/17/2016

[UPDATE 5/19 @ 7:16am]

The Buffaloes posted an announcement at their website on May 18 about the signing.

Source: Orix announcement

[UPDATE @ 5/19 @ 10:45pm]

The Buffaloes held a press conference for Clark earlier today. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated thirty million yen plus incentives.

Source: Orix announcement, Tokyo Sports 5/19/2016


[5/12/2016] Hiroki Kuroda resumes playing catch

Hiroki Kuroda worked out at Mazda Stadium on May 12. He ran short dashes before he played some catch and maxed out the distance at about thirty meters. It was the first time he threw the ball since his last outing on May 7 against Yokohama at Mazda Stadium.

Kuroda’s day also included running (stairs, along the outfield fence) and time in the weight room.

Source: Nikkan Spots 5/12/2016


[5/12/2016] Luis Cruz plays in first rehab game

Luis Cruz (left ankle) played in his first rehab game at Ni-gun on May 12. He started at second and batted third against Lotte at Lotte Urawa. He went 0-for-3.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/12/2016


[5/12/2016] Tsuyoshi Nishioka plays defense in rehab game

Tsuyoshi Nishioka played defense in a Ni-gun rehab game on May 12 for the first time since he was taken off the active roster with pain in his left hamstring. He got the start at second and batted lead-off against Orix. He did not record any hits (0-for-3), but did drive in a run when he grounded out to short with the bases loaded and one out in the fourth. He also stole a base. Nishioka told reporters he could field and hit without any problems (he handled three chances in the game without any problems).

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/12/2016, Sponichi 5/13/2016


[5/12/2016] Kazuya Takamiya has strain in right side

The Tigers announced today that Kazuya Takamiya was diagnosed with strain in his right side on May 11.

Source: Daily Sports 5/12/2016


[5/12/2016] Hector Luna rehab game cut short with some hamstring pain

Hector Luna played in a rehab game at Ni-gun on May 11 against Chunichi. He got the start at third and batted third. He appeared to be fine up until he attempted to field a grounder in the second inning with the bases loaded and two out. He started feeling pain in his right hamstring and was removed from the game.

Source: Daily Sports 5/12/2016


[5/12/2016] Yuki Yoshimura earns international FA option

Yuki Yoshimura (31) earned his international FA option today with nine years of service time on the active roster. He signed a two-year contract with the Softbank Hawks during the off-season.

Source: Sponichi 5/12/2016


[5/12/2016] Rakuten Eagles unveil Eagle Summer 2016 uniforms

The Rakuten Eagles unveiled uniforms they will be using for Eagle Summer 2016 at kobo Stadium in July and August. The uniforms and logo were designed by Masashi Larry Oiwa. Concept: golden eagles chase their prey, a show of strength and speed.


  • July 3 against Seibu
  • July 24 against Lotte*
  • August 7 against Seibu*
  • August 14 against Nippon Ham*
  • August 28 against Orix*


  • August 7 against Seibu
  • August 20 against Nippon Ham

* denotes games where fans with tickets can get a free replica Eagle Summer 2016 uniform

Source: Rakuten announcement

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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