SOF

[4/15/2016] Yanagita sets new PL record walks in sixteen consecutive games

 Yuki Yanagita set a new Pacific League record with a walk in his sixteenth consecutive game. He is two away from tying Sadaharu Oh’s NPB record of eighteen games, set in 1970.

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RAK

[4/15/2016] Toshiaki Imae taken off active roster with bone contusion

Toshiaki Imae took a pitch off his left arm against Lotte on April 13. He was examined at a hospital in Tokyo and diagnosed with a contusion on his left ulna bone. He will need to rest the arm for about three weeks.

Source: Daily Sports 4/15/2016

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CHU

[4/15/2016] Yudai Ono taken off active roster with elbow discomfort

Yudai Ono was scratched from his start against Hanshin today and taken off the active roster due to pain/discomfort in his left elbow. He joined the Ni-gun team at Nagoya Stadium for basic workouts, like running and fielding practice (no throwing).

Source: Sports Hochi 4/15/2016, Tokyo Sports 4/15/2016, Jiji Press 4/16/2016

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SEI

[4/15/2016] Kikuchi’s next couple of starts could come on five days of rest

Yusei Kikuchi’s next couple of starts after today could come on five days of rest.

  • April 21 against Nippon Ham
  • April 27 against Lotte

Source: Daily Sports 4/15/2016

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ORI

[4/15/2016] Orix Buffaloes add Takayuki Tsukada to seventy-man roster

The Orix Buffaloes announced today that they added Ikusei player Takayuki Tsukada to their seventy-man roster. His uniform number will change from 120 to 91.

Source: Orix announcement, Daily Sports 4/15/2016

2016 Ni-gun Games

Date Opp Desc IP BF H HR BB HBP SO WP BK R ER ERA BB/9 K/9 WHIP
03/15 HIR   1.0 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 9.00 0.00
03/16 HIR   1.0 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 4.50 4.50 0.50
03/18 HAN   1.0 4 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0.00 3.00 9.00 0.67
03/20 HAN S 1.0 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.25 11.25 0.50
03/22 SOF   1.2 7 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.59 9.53 0.71
03/24 SOF L 0.2 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 2.84 1.42 8.53 0.95
03/30 CHU   1.0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.45 1.23 7.36 0.82
03/31 CHU   1.2 5 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2.00 1.00 7.00 0.67
04/01 SOF   1.0 6 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 1.80 0.90 7.20 0.80
04/03 SOF L 0.1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.74 0.87 6.97 0.87
04/09 HIR   3.0 11 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 1.35 1.35 7.43 0.83
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[4/15/2016] Kumamoto Earthquake

A 6.5 magnitude earthquake shook Kumamoto prefecture on the evening of April 14 (Thursday). Forty-nine people were killed and more than 800 were injured. There are currently about 22,000 evacuees.

Source: NHK 5/1/2016

Japan Red Cross, Kumamoto Prefecture, Association for Aid and Relief, JapanGlobalGiving, Peace Winds America

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HAN

[4/15/2016] Tigers add Kojiro Tanabo to seventy-man roster

The Hanshin Tigers announced that they added Ikusei player Kojiro Tanabo to their seventy-man roster. His uniform number will change from 116 to 97.

Source: Hanshin announcement

2016 Ni-gun Games

Date Opp Desc IP BF H HR BB HBP SO WP BK R ER ER BB/9 K/9 WHIP
03/17 CHU L 5.0 24 7 0 4 0 2 0 1 5 5 9.00 7.20 3.60 2.20
03/27 HIR   1.0 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 7.50 6.00 4.50 1.83
03/29 SOF   2.0 6 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 5.63 4.50 5.63 1.38
03/30 SOF   1.0 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5.00 4.00 5.00 1.44
04/06 HIR   1.0 5 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 5.40 3.60 5.40 1.50
04/10 CHU   1.1 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.76 3.18 4.76 1.50
04/13 SOF   1.0 6 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 5.11 2.92 5.11 1.62
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RAK

[4/14/2016] Louis Okoye sent down to Ni-gun

Louis Okoye was sent down to Ni-gun on April 14. Masataka Nashida told reporters he really wanted to keep the rookie around a little while longer, but was forced to send him down to Ni-gun because of the recent spate of injuries.

In eleven games, Okoye went 0-for-7 with one stolen base.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/14/2016, Sponichi 4/14/2016, Daily Sports 4/14/2016

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LOT

[4/14/2016] Ikuhiro Kiyota leaves after HBP

Ikuhiro Kiyota took an HBP off his left hand during his at bat in the sixth inning against Rakuten on April 14. He remained in the game and later came around to score, but was replaced by a pinch-hitter for his at bat in the seventh inning.

Source: Sanspo 4/14/2016

[UPDATE 4/16 @ 12:10am]

Kiyota was examined at a hospital in Sendai and diagnosed with a bruise on the fifth metacarpal on his left hand.

Source: Sanspo 4/15/2016

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ORI

[4/14/2016] Orix coaching staff wears white jeans for luck

According to a report at Daily Sports, outfield/base coach Manabu Satake suggested to the coaching staff wear white pants after the team lost its fifth straight game on April 12. The following day, all but two members of the coaching staff showed up to the stadium wearing white jeans and the losing streak ended.

The two members of the staff that did not show up wearing white jeans: manager Junichi Fukura showed up in his regular pants because he does not believe in doing anything for luck and head coach Norifumi Nishimura had to rush out and buy a pair of white jeans for the game on April 14 because he did not think the others were being serious.

Source: Daily Sports 4/14/2016

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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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