[5/14/2016] Daichi Osera tosses batting practice

Daichi Osera (right elbow) tossed indoor batting practice at Mazda Stadium today. It was the first time he threw batting practice since his injury. He threw fifty-six pitches to Ko Shimozuru and Takayoshi Noma. He threw mostly fastballs, but also mixed in some cutters, sliders, and change-up.

Osera is scheduled to pitch in a batting practice scrimmage some time next week.

Source: Daily Sports 5/14/2016


[5/14/2016] Miles Mikolas adds off-speed pitches to bullpen session

Miles Mikolas (right shoulder) tossed his fourth bullpen session at Giants Stadium today. It was his fourth session since his injury. He added off-speed pitches and did not experience any issues.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/14/2016


[5/14/2016] Toshiki Sakurai tosses second bullpen session

Toshiki Sakurai (right elbow) tossed a bullpen session at Giants Stadium today. It was his second session since he was taken off the active roster.

Sakurai threw ten pitches to a standing catcher, then fifteen with the catcher on one knee. All twenty-five pitches were fastballs.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/14/2016


[5/14/2016] Rough outing for Daisuke Matsuzaka

Daisuke Matsuzaka started a Ni-gun game against Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium earlier today. He gave up nine runs (seven earned) on seven hits, including a lead-off home run in the first and a grand slam in the second, and three walks over 1.2 innings of work. He struck out one and topped out at 143km/h. He was scheduled to throw eighty to ninety pitches, but left after sixty-five.

Source: Sponichi 5/14/2016, Nikkan Sports 5/14/2016, Sports Hochi 5/14/2016, Tokyo Sports 5/14/2016


[5/14/2016] Hayato Sakamoto notched his ninth walk-off hit on May 13

Hayato Sakamoto hit a come-from-behind walk-off double in the twelfth inning against the Yakult Swallows at Tokyo Dome on May 13. It was the Yomiuri Giants’ first come-from-behind walk-off win in extra innings since March 31, 2013 against Hiroshima. It was Sakamoto’s ninth walk-off hit, first since August 20, 2015 against Hanshin. Of his eight prior walk-off hits, two provided come-from-behind victories: June 4, 2010 against Nippon Ham and August 1, 2015 against Chunichi. This was his first come-from-behind walk-off hit in extra innings.

Walk-off Hits – Yomiuri Giants

  Player JPN Player ENG Hits
1 王 貞治 Oh, Sadaharu 15
2 長嶋 茂雄 Nagashima, Shigeo 14
3 原 辰徳 Hara, Tatsunori 12
  阿部 慎之助 Abe, Shinnosuke 12
5 川上 哲治 Kawakami, Tetsuharu 11
6 坂本 勇人 Sakamoto, Hayato 9

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/14/2016, Sanspo 5/14/2016


[5/14/2016] Tomoyuki Sugano records third straight double-digit strikeout game

Tomoyuki Sugano recorded his third straight double-digit strikeout game on May 13 (12, 10, 10) and became the fourth player in franchise history to accomplish the feat. The other three: Kazumi Takahashi in 1972, Hiromi Makihara in 1986, and Hiroshi Kisanuki in 2003.

Atsushi Nomi set the Central League record for consecutive double-digit strikeout games with five in 2014. Hideo Nomo holds the NPB record with six in 1991.

Source: Sponichi 5/14/2016,


[5/13/2016] Olympic Organizing Committee shortens Jingu Stadium proposal

The Olympic Organizing Committee submitted a new proposal requesting exclusive use of Jingu Stadium from July 1 until about September 20 (the previous proposal was from May until November). They also plan to use the stadium a strictly s a resting area for VIPs. Jingu Stadium 2 (from January until November) and the Chichibunomiya Rugby Ground will instead act as a resting area for staff and as a storage facility.

The four organizations that use Jingu Stadium (NPB, Tokyo Big6, Tohto University, Tokyo High School) would like to support the committee as much as possible, but would still like to see the proposal shortened a little more.

The Olympic Organizing Committee will also probably submit proposals for use of other stadiums in the Kanto region, like Yokohama Stadium and QVC Marine Field, if baseball and softball make it into the 2020 Olympics.

The Tokyo High School Baseball Federation is thinking about asking the city to build a new stadium that seats between 20,000 and 30,000. Possible locations include Komazawa Park and Toneri Park.

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

[UPDATE @ 7:34pm]

Sanspo provided a breakdown of the number of games played at Jingu Stadium per month this year, between March and November.

March April May June July August September October November
6 41 40 24 56 14 40 35 15

Source: Sanspo 5/14/2016


[5/13/2016] Tomoya Ichikawa hurts right thumb

Tomoya Ichikawa hurt his right thumb during tonight’s game against Seibu at Sapporo Dome.

Ichikawa was trying to throw out a base runner with two out in the sixth inning when he banged his right thumb against Takumi Kuriyama’s bat. He was removed from the game and taken to a hospital in Sapporo for tests. He was diagnosed with a bruise.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/13/2016, Tokyo Sports 5/13/2016, Sanspo 5/13/2016


[5/13/2016] Randy Messenger’s next few starts

Randy Messenger’s schedule for this month could look something like this, according to Sanspo:

  • May 17 against Chunichi at Koshien
  • May 22 against Hiroshima at Koshien
  • May 29 against Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome

Source: Sanspo 5/13/2016


[5/13/2016] Yosuke Okamoto’s wife gives birth to boy

Yosuke Okamoto’s wife gave birth to the couple’s second child, a boy weighing 3,326 grams, at a hospital in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka on May 11.

Source: Seibu announcementSanspo 5/13/2016

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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