[4/24/2016] Kyuji Fujikawa gives up three runs in Ni-gun start

Kyuji Fujikawa started a game against Softbank at Chikugo earlier today and gave up three runs on five hits over four innings of work. It was his first game since April 10.

Source: Daily Sports 4/24/2016


[4/24/2016] Tsuyoshi Nishioka taken off active roster with hamstring tightness

Tsuyoshi Nishioka was taken off the active roster today with a possible left hamstring injury he suffered while attempting to steal second against Hiroshima on April 23. The Tigers are hoping he will be able to return in the minimum ten days.

Source: Daily Sports 4/24/2016, Jiji Press 4/24/2016, Sponichi 4/24/2016


[4/24/2016] Wladimir Balentien tweaks left leg while running down fly ball

Wladimir Balentien got the start in left and batted fourth against Chunichi at Nagoya Dome today. He tweaked his left leg (adductor muscle) while chasing down a fly ball hit by Yohei Oshima in the bottom of the first inning. He was taken out of the game as a precaution. He later told reporters he did not think it was a strain and that he should be okay for Tuesday’s game.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/24/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/24/2016, Jiji Press 2/24/2016


[4/24/2016] Shohei Otani leaves game with blister

Shohei Otani left his start against Softbank at YafuOku Dome after getting Kenta Imamiya to ground out to second for the second out of the inning in the seventh inning with a popped blister on his right middle finger.

Source: Daily Sports 4/24/2016, Daily Sports 4/24/2016Sports Hochi 4/24/2016, Tokyo Sports 4/24/2016

[UPDATE 4/25 @ 6:05pm]

Otani is not expected to miss his next start because he was pulled before the blister popped.

Source: ZakZak 4/25/2016


[4/24/2016] Takayuki Kishi leaves early with discomfort in right leg

Takayuki Kishi left today’s game against Rakuten at Seibu Prince Dome after throwing six pitches to Hiroaki Shimauchi in the third inning (thirty-fourth pitch overall) because of discomfort in his right leg (adductor muscle). He was treated with ice and was not taken to the hospital.

Source: Daily Sports 4/24/2016, Tokyo Sports 4/24/2016, Sports Hochi 4/24/2016

[UPDATE @ 11:03pm]

The Lions are planning to take Kishi off the active roster on April 25. He is also slated to get checked out at a hospital on the same day.

Source: Sanspo 4/24/2016


[4/23/2016] Summer Koshien finals game to be pushed back an hour

The Japan High School Baseball Federation announced that the steering committee decided to push back the start of the finals game by an hour to 14:00 out of consideration for the Olympics. Assuming no rain outs, the finals game is scheduled to take place on the same day of the Rio Olympics’ closing ceremony (August 21).

The committee is also thinking about collecting donations for relief efforts in Kumamoto during the tournament.

Source: Daily Sports 4/20/2016


[4/23/2016] Koji Yamamoto dead at sixty-four

Former Yomiuri Giant Koji Yamamoto died of liver cancer at 1:41pm on April 23 at his home in Kitakyushu. He was sixty-four. Memorial services will be held on April 26.

Yamamoto was selected by Yomiuri in the fifth round of the 1975 draft. He was later traded to Lotte in 1984 and retired in 1988. He remained in the Lotte organization as a hitting coach (1989-1993 Ichi-gun, 1994 Ni-gun, 1995-1996 Ichi-gun) before moving up to manager (1997-1998 Ni-gun, 1999-2003 Ichi-gun). He returned to the Yomiuri organization for two years and then became a baseball analyst and commentator. He started taking things slow in 2008 because heart problems. His son Musashi was drafted by Yokohama last winter.

Source: Sponichi 4/23/2016Nikkan Sports 4/24/2016



[4/23/2016] Masataka Yoshida leaves game early with waist/hip pain

Masataka Yoshida was removed on defense in the fourth inning against Lotte on April 23 because he felt pain in his waist/hip region. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Daily Sports 4/23/2016Nikkan Sports 4/23/2016


[4/23/2016] Toritani set new personal high for RBIs in a game on April 22

Takashi Toritani drove in six runs against Hiroshima on April 22 and set a new personal high for RBIs in a single game. His previous high was five, set once in 2008, once in 2010, and twice in 2013.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/23/2016


[4/23/2016] Takayama recorded third four-hit game of the year on April 22

Shun Takayama notched his third four-hit game of the season on April 22 against Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium. He joined Shiro Takegami (1967), Terumitsu Kumano (1985), and Kazuhiro Kiyohara (1986) as the only players since the start of the draft in 1966 to collect three four-hit games in their first year. Takayama is the only one to accomplish the feat before the end of April.

Source: Sanspo 4/23/2016, Sponichi 4/23/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/23/2016

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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