[4/13/2016] Yoshio Itoi ends Buffaloes’ homerless games streak

Yoshio Itoi snapped the Orix Buffaloes’ thirteen-game homerless streak on April 13 with a three-run blast off Nippon Ham’s Masaru Nakamura. The home run gave the Buffaloes a 3-1 lead in the fifth inning.


[4/13/2016] Louis Okoye notches first Ni-gun hit

Louis Okoye played in a Ni-gun game against Yakult before earlier today and picked up his first hit during an official NPB game. He got the start in center and batted lead-0ff.

  • First inning, none on, single to right on a 2-2 pitch, went on to steal second, advance to third on a sac bunt, and score on a ground out to first.
  • Second inning, one on, two out, ground out to third.
  • Fourth inning, one on, two out, ground out to second.
  • Seventh inning, none on, one out, ground out to third.

Okoye’s day ended after his at bat in the seventh inning.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/13/2016


[4/13/2016] Kazuya Fujita out with rib fracture

Kazuya Fujita hurt his left chest during a game against Orix at Kyocera Dome on April 5. He was originally diagnosed with a bruise, but a follow-up examination revealed a fissure fracture in the fourth rib on his left side. He will require about three weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Sponichi 4/13/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/13/2016


[4/13/2016] Orix swap main and bullpen pitching coaches

The Buffaloes announced that they swapped their main and bullpen pitching coaches today.

  • Tsutomu Sakai – dugout pitching coach to bullpen pitching coach
  • Hiroshi Kobayashi – bullpen pitching coach to dugout pitching coach

Source: Sponichi 4/13/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/13/2016


[4/13/2016] Schedule Changes

The following additions were made to the Central League schedule.

  • September 16 – Yokohama vs Hanshin at Koshien – 18:00 (April 13 rain out)
  • September 16 – Chunichi vs Hiroshima at Mazda – 18:00 (April 13 rain out)

Source: NPB announcement


[4/13/2016] There’s no place like home for Yamada

Tetsuto Yamada loves hitting at home.

Year Season Jingu Stadium Other Stadiums
2012 .250/.327/.364 .368/.455/.474 .160/.222/.280
2013 .283/.354/.357 .295/.378/.365 .273/.333/.351
2014 .324/.403/.539 .357/.453/.628 .297/.360/.467
2015 .329/.416/.610 .373/.470/.738 .292/.371/.505
2016 .351/.464/.649 .423/.559/.654 .290/.371/.645

[4/13/2016] Fujinami improves to 3-0 and records first career triple

Shintaro Fujinami improved to 3-0 in three starts this season on April 12. He is the first Hanshin pitcher to win their first three games of the season since Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi went 4-0 in four starts and Scott Atchison went 3-0 in three games in 2008.

Fujinami also recorded his first career triple on April 12. He is the first Hanshin pitcher to hit a triple since Minoru Iwata on May 5, 2015 and the first right-handed hitting Hanshin pitcher to hit a triple since Keiichi Yabu on May 18, 1999.

Source: Sponichi 4/13/2016


[4/13/2015] Yomiuri Giants to sign Manuel Soliman to an Ikusei contract

According to a number of media reports, the Yomiuri Giants are close to signing twenty-six-year-old pitcher Manuel Soliman to what may be an Ikusei contract. They are also looking into twenty-one-year-old pitcher Samuel Adames. The Giants see both as players that might be able to help the team in the future. They currently have eight foreign players on the seventy-man roster with one under an Ikusei contract.

Yomiuri sent a scout to the Dominican Republic during the off-season to check on talent. They held a tryout in March to narrow down their options.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/13/2016, Sports Hochi 4/13/2016

[UPDATE @ 4:40pm]

The Giants announced that they will sign Soliman to an Ikusei contract. He is expected to arrive in Japan before the end of the month.

Source: Sponichi 4/13/2016

[UPDATE @ 6:50pm]

Soliman’s contract is worth an estimated three million yen.

Source: Chunichi Sports 4/13/2016



[4/13/2016] Daisuke Matsuzaka could pitch in rehab game this week

Daisuke Matsuzaka threw about seventy pitches in the bullpen at the Chikugo facilities on April 12. His workouts have gone smoothly, other than missing practices on April 7 with hay fever. He could pitch in a rehab game at Ni-gun some time this week.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/13/2016


[4/12/2016] Orix sets new homerless record

The Orix Buffaloes extended their homerless streak to thirteen games from the start of the season and set a new NPB record for teams since 1950. They entered the day tied with Daiei (1953).

The NPB record prior to 1950 was twenty-eight games, set by Dai Tokyo in Fall 1936. The franchise record prior to 1950 was twenty-one games, set by Hankyu in 1946.

Source: Sponichi 4/12/2016

NPB Standings [Full]
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
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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