Yuki Yoshimura recorded two big home runs against the Rakuten Eagles on April 17: he tied the game in the ninth inning with a pinch-hit three-run home run and won the game on a walk-off two-run home run in the twelfth inning. He is the sixth player in NPB history (third in Pacific League history) to record a pinch-hit home run and walk-off home run in the same game, first since Hitoshi Tamura on May 10, 2013. He joined Tamotsu Kimura (May 18, 1961) as the only player in franchise history to accomplish the feat. Only one other player has hit a pinch-hit home run to tie a game in the ninth and hit a walk-off in extra innings: Yasuo Fujii on October 9, 1997.0 Comments
Akira Nakamura took a pitch off the inner part of his left calf during his at bat in the fifth inning against Rakuten on April 17. He was replaced on defense in the seventh because he was having some difficulty running. He is considered day-to-day.
Source: Nikkan Sports 4/18/20160 Comments
Kai Ueda hurt his right ankle while running the bases during a Ni-gun game against Orix on April 15. He resumed running at Naruohama on April 17.
Source: Sanspo 4/18/20160 Comments
Wataru Karashima hurt his left shoulder during practices on April 18 and was taken off the active roster. No other information is known at this time.
Source: Daily Sports 4/18/20160 Comments
The Orix Buffaloes unveiled their Natsuno Jin alternate uniforms today. The theme this year is to break free and blast through barriers into the next dimension (Space).
Players and coaches will wear the uniforms during the Natsuno Jin 2016 series.
The Yomiuri Giants announced that they reached an agreement with twenty-one-year-old Samuel Adames. The two sides agreed on an Ikusei contract worth an estimated 2.2 million yen. Adames is expected to arrive in Japan before the end of the month.
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Yuji Iiyama made it into Sunday’s game against Lotte at Sapporo Dome as a pinch-runner in the tenth inning and hurt his right leg while running the bases. He was examined at a hospital in Sapporo and diagnosed with a third-degree hamstring strain. He will require about two months for a full recovery.0 Comments
The NPB release some details for this year’s Pro Yakyu Fresh All-Star Game.
Western League (27 wins) vs Eastern League (19 wins)
Venue: Muscat Stadium in Okayama
Date: July 14 (Thu) at 18:00
Alternate: July 15 (Fri) at 13:00
Home Team: Western League
First Base Dugout: Western League
Third Base Dugout: Eastern League
A list of eligible players will be released on May 9 (Mon). Rosters will be unveiled on July 1 (Fri).
Special advance tickets will go on sale via Lawson Ticket from April 19 (Tue) at 10:00 until April 27 (Wed) at 18:00. Regular tickets will go on sale beginning on April 28 (Thu) at 10:00.0 Comments
April 16 at Wakasa Stadium Kyoto – 13:00
WP: Ayami Sato (3 G, 3-0)
LP: Minako Uemura (4 G, 1-2)
Game Time: 2h11m
April 17 at Wakasa Stadium Kyoto – 13:00
Game Time: 2h14m
Yuta Iwasada made a start on April 16 against Chunichi and recorded his third straight start with at least ten strikeouts. He is the fifth Hanshin pitcher to strikeout ten or more in at least three games in one season.
He is the fourth pitcher in NPB history (first in Central League history and first in NPB history as a left-handed pitcher) to accomplish the feat in his first three games of the season.0 Comments