[4/18/2016] Pro Yakyu Fresh All-Star Game 2016

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.

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Victoria Series: Hyogo Dione at Kyoto Flora – April 16,17

April 16 at Wakasa Stadium Kyoto – 13:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Hyogo Dione 1 0 0 1 3 1 0 6 12 0
Kyoto Flora 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 7 2

WP: Ayami Sato (3 G, 3-0)
LP: Minako Uemura (4 G, 1-2)

Game Time: 2h11m
Attendance: 917

Hero Interview

  • Natsumi Saso = 1-for-3: F8, F6, 1B9 one RBI. She drove in the go-ahead run in the fifth inning.
  • Yui Oyama = 1-for-4: G3, F8, G3, HR9 one RBI, BB. She blasted the first home run of his career.

Game Page | Highlights

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April 17 at Wakasa Stadium Kyoto – 13:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Hyogo Dione 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 4 9 0
Kyoto Flora 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 4 0

WP: —
LP: —

Game Time: 2h14m
Attendance: 729

Hero Interview

  • None

Game Page | Highlights

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HAN

[4/17/2016] Iwasada records third straight start with at least ten strikeouts

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.

  • Yutaka Enatsu – three consecutive games (twice) in 1968, four consecutive games in 1971
  • Kei Igawa – three consecutive games in 2006
  • Atsushi Nomi – five consecutive games in 2014
  • Shintaro Fujinami – three consecutive games in 2015

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.

Source: Sponichi 4/17/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/17/2016

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HAM

[4/17/2016] Dai-Kang Yoh makes first appearance since April 9

Dai-Kang Yoh made an appearance as a pinch-hitter against Lotte on April 17. It was his first game since he sprained his ankle on April 9. He is still unable to run at full speed, but was able to swing the bat with authority.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/17/2016

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CHU

[4/17/2016] Injury Update: Ryosuke Hirata

Ryosuke Hirata visited a hospital in Chiba on April 17 to meet a former AC Milan soccer trainer for advice on workouts that help prevent groin pain syndrome. He also participated in a batting practice scrimmage at Nagoya Stadium and recorded one hit in four trips to the plate.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/17/2016

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CHU

[4/17/2016] Yudai Ono could resume playing catch in about a week

Yudai Ono was taken off the active roster on April 15 with inflammation in his left elbow. He is resting his arm and is expected to resume playing catch in about a week. His workouts at Nagoya Stadium on April 16 included running and fielding practice.

Source: Sponichi 4/17/2016

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ORI

[4/17/2016] Chihiro Kaneko continues to struggle

Chihiro Kaneko has allowed fifteen runs (fourteen earned) in his last two starts. He had never allowed more than thirteen runs in two games in the past (thirteen in 2008 and thirteen in 2010). He is still looking for his first win after four starts. The last time he went four starts without a win was in 2013, between May and June. He went six starts without a win in 2008 and 2009, but never more than two games since the start of a season (2015). He had also never lost two starts in a row without at least one win.

Potential trivia: according to Sports Hochi, Kaneko had gone seventy-four consecutive starts since October 5, 2012 with Hikaru Ito behind the plate. Katsuki Yamazaki broke the streak on April 16.

Source: Sponichi 4/17/2016, Sports Hochi 4/17/2016

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ORI

[4/17/2016] Buffaloes make another coaching staff change

The Orix Buffaloes made another change to their coaching staff on April 17:

  • Tsutomu Sakai – Ichi-gun bullpen pitching coach to Ni-gun Ikusei pitching coach
  • Nobuyuki Hoshino – Ni-gun Ikusei pitching coach to Ichi-gun bullpen pitching coach

Source: Daily Sports 4/17/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/17/2016, Sponichi 4/17/2016

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SOF

[4/17/2016] These Yanagita were made for walking

Count another walk for Yuki Yanagita. He is now one away from tying Sadaharu Oh’s 1970 record of walks in eighteen consecutive games.

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HIR

[4/17/2016] Hector Luna taken off active roster with hamstring injury

Hector Luna tweaked his right hamstring as he rounded third for home plate in the third inning against Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome on April 16. The Carp decided to take him off the active roster on April 17 after his hamstring showed little sign of improvement.

Luna returned to Hiroshima for rest. He will be re-evaluated by the team doctor.

Source: Daily Sports 4/15/2016

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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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