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[5/13/2016] Sho Nakata tweaks right leg

Sho Nakata tweaked his right leg when his foot slipped on the the first base bag while playing defense in the ninth inning against Seibu at Sapporo Dome.

With a runner on first and one out in the ninth inning, Nakata fielded a grounder off Shogo Akiyama’s bat and threw over to second for the force. He then ran to first base to finish a double play attempt but slipped on the bag and fell. He was removed from the game after the play.

Nippon Ham’s media relations representative informed the media that Nakata was taken out of the game because he extended his right hip. He is considered day-to-day.

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

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[5/13/2016] Japan Student Baseball Association Punishments

The Japan Student Baseball Association met on May 13 to determine punishments for the following cases:

High School

Game Suspensions

坂城(長野)
Sakaki (Nagano)
部員のいじめ
Bullying
4月27日から6カ月
Six months beginning on April 27
佐世保実(長崎)
Sasebo Jitsugyo (Nagasaki)
部員の部内暴力
Violence
4月8日から3カ月
Three months beginning on April 8
八重山(沖縄)
Yaeyama (Okinawa)

Violence
5月6日から1カ月
One month beginning on May 6

Suspensions

市岐阜商(岐阜)の副部長
Gifu Shogyo (Gifu) vice director
児童買春
Child prostitution
除名
Dismissed
池田(鹿児島)の部長兼監督
Ikeda (Kagoshima) director/manager
酒気帯び運転
Driving under the influence
4月12日から1年間
One year beginning on April 12
箕面学園(大阪)の部長
Mino Gakuen (Osaka) director
部内暴力
Violence
4月25日から1カ月
One month beginning on April 25
杉並(東京)の監督
Suginami (Tokyo) manager
部内暴力、報告遅れ
Violence, delayed report
5月10日から2カ月
Two months beginning on May 10
ふたば未来学園(福島)の部長
Futaba Mirai Gakuen (Fukushima) director
新入生徒練習参加規定違反
Volation of new student practice regulations
4月25日から1カ月
One month beginning on April 25
佐世保実(長崎)の部長
Sasebo Jitsugyo (Nagasaki) director

Volation of new student practice regulations
4月8日から1カ月
One month beginning on April 8

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Source: Jiji Press 5/13/2016

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RAK

[5/13/2016] Rakuten Eagles interested in Jae-Hoon Ha

According to Sports Hochi, the Rakuten Eagles are interested in twenty-five-year-old Jae-Hoon Ha. The outfielder is currently playing for the Tokushima Indigo Socks (26-for-68, 17 R, 3 HR, 13 RBI). They like his power from the right side and his speed.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/13/2016

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CHU

[5/13/2016] Leyson Septimo to work out with the Chunichi Dragons

The Chunichi Dragons announced today that thirty-year-old pitcher Leyson Septimo will participate in their practices on a trial basis, beginning on May 14.

The Dragons are looking for more pitching and decided to give Septimo a look since he is available.

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

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HAN

[5/13/2016] Tsuyoshi Nishioka may have re-tweaked his hamstring

Tsuyoshi Nishioka played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Chunichi at Naruohama earlier today and may have re-tweaked his left hamstring.

Nishioka got the start at second and batted lead-off for the second straight day. He ran out a grounder to second at full speed in the first inning and did not return to the field to play second in the third inning.

The chief trainer told reporters that Nishioka did not go to the hospital and that they were waiting to see how he feels tomorrow.

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

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YOM

[5/13/2016] Shinnosuke Abe could be ready for Inter-league play

Shinnosuke Abe (right shoulder) has been steadily improving and could be ready for the start of Inter-league play.

Abe’s workouts at Giants Stadium on May 12 included long distance throwing with Toshiya Sugiuchi, catching Kan Otake in the bullpen, and batting practice. Assuming no problems, he might be ready for some playing time as a designated hitter in an upcoming Ni-gun Lotte series that begins on May 17. It would be his first Ni-gun game since April 15.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/13/2016

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[5/13/2016] Kenta Kurihara plays in first game in about two months

Kenta Kurihara suffered a strain in his right calf before opening day. He played in his first game in about two months on May 12.

Kurihara was the starting designated hitter and batted fifth against Ni-gun Yokohama. In two trips to the plate, he flied out to short and lined out to short. He told reporters he was able to put a good swing on the ball when he lined out to short in his second at bat and that he was able to make adjustments during the at bat that helped him regain his timing (he was late on the first two pitches).

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/13/2016

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CHU

[5/13/2016] Yudai Ono tosses batting practice

Yudai Ono (left elbow) tossed batting practice at Nagoya Stadium earlier today. He faced Takuya Kinoshita and Ryota Ishioka. He threw sixty pitches and added sliders and two-seamers partway through the session. He also broke two bats.

Ono told reporters he was satisfied with the outing because he was able to throw strikes and that he felt no pain. He is slated to pitch in a Ni-gun rehab game on May 21.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/13/2016

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[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

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[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

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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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