SOF

[4/16/2016] Daisuke Matsuzaka could get a Ni-gun start on April 20

Daisuke Matsuzaka will most likely start a Ni-gun game against Chunichi at Chikugo on April 20. He made his first appearance in about a month on April 14 and pitched a shutout inning in relief. He played catch on April 15 and felt fine. Softbank is planning to have Matsuzaka pitch in a game at least once a week.

Source: Sanspo 4/16/2016

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ORI

[4/16/2016] Hikaru Ito taken off active roster

Hikaru Ito was taken off the active roster on April 15 because the coaching staff was unhappy with his work behind the plate. In the five games he made the starting line-up at catcher so far this year, the Buffaloes were 0-5.

  • March 25 – 5-4 against Seibu – Chihiro Kaneko
  • March 26 – 9-5 against Seibu – Taisuke Kondo
  • April 1 – 4-3 against Lotte – Chihiro Kaneko
  • April 2 – 6-2 against Lotte – Kazuki Kondo
  • April 9 – 13-1 against Rakuten – Chihiro Kaneko

Source: Sponichi 4/16/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/16/2016

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HAN

[4/16/2016] Shun Takayama scratched from game with elbow issue

Shun Takayama was left out of the starting line-up on April 16 for the first time this year. He did not participate in pre-game batting or fielding practice. Tomoaki Kanemoto told the media they were taking precautions because Takayama was having problems with his right elbow locking up on him.

Source: Sponichi 4/16/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/16/2016

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HIR

[4/16/2016] Hector Luna leaves after tweaking hamstring

Hector Luna hurt his right hamstring while scoring from second in the third inning against Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome. He was replaced on defense before the bottom of the third inning. The Carp will wait to make a decision on Luna until after they have had a chance to see how he is feeling tomorrow.

Source: Daily Sports 4/16/2016

[UPDATE 4/17 @ 12:13am]

Luna was examined at a hospital, but tests did not reveal any issues.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/16/2016

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HIR

[4/16/2016] Ryuji Ichioka to file marriage papers on April 18

The media learned on April 15 that Ryuji Ichioka (25) will be filing marriage papers with a twenty-five-year-old woman from Fukuoka on April 18.

Source: Sponichi 4/16/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/16/2016

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HAM

[4/16/2016] Nakata’s wife gives birth to second child

Sho Nakata’s wife gave birth to the couple’s second child, a girl, at a hospital in Sapporo on April 16.

Source: Nippon Ham announcementSponichi 4/16/2016

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[4/15/2016] Japan Student Baseball Association Punishments

The Japan Student Baseball Association met on April 15 to determine punishments for the following cases:

High School

Suspensions

豊川(愛知)の部長
Toyokawa (Aichi) director
部員の飲酒、喫煙などの報告遅れ
Delayed report on players drinking and smoking
2月10日から3カ月
Three months beginning on February 10
翔陽(東京)の監督
Shoyo (Tokyo) manager
監督の暴力(部内)
Violence
1月29日から1カ月(既に終了)
One month beginning on January 29
鹿児島城西(鹿児島)の副部長
Kagoshima Josei (Kagoshima) vice director
副部長の暴力(部内)、報告遅れ
Violence, delayed report
3月2日から2カ月
Two months beginning on March 2
柳ケ浦(大分)の監督と部長
Yanagigaura (Oita) manager and director
虚偽報告
False report
監督は2月20日から6カ月、部長は2月24日から3カ月
Manager: six months beginning on February 20; Director: three months beginning on February 24
岩出山(宮城)の部長と監督
Iwadeyama (Miyagi) director and manager
ともに暴言と暴力(部内)
Verbal abuse and violence
部長は4月6日から6カ月、監督は同3カ月
Director: six months beginning on April 6; Manager: three months beginning on April 6

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Source: Jiji Press 4/15/2016

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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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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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