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[4/10/2016] Matt Hague will most likely miss today’s game

Matt Hague was not feeling well this morning and was taken to a hospital in Nishinomiya for an evaluation. He is not expected to play in today’s game against Hiroshima at Koshien Stadium.

Source: Sanspo 4/10/2016

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HAM

[4/9/2016] Kenshi Sugiya ties franchise record with three sac hits in one game

Kenshi Sugiya tied a franchise record during the Rakuten game earlier today with three sac hits: runner on first with no out in the first inning; runner on first with no out in the third inning; and runners on first and second and no out in the fifth inning.

Sugiya had a chance to tie the NPB record in the eighth inning with runners on first and third and one out, but popped out to the catch into a double play on a squeeze attempt.

Source: Sponichi 4/9/2016

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ORI

[4/9/2016] Buffaloes tie NPB homerless record

The Orix Buffaloes extended their streak of games without a home run from the start of the season to eleven on April 9. The last team to start the season without a home run in eleven straight games was Kintetsu in 1955.

Incidentally, the Buffaloes’ pitching staff has so far surrendered nine home runs.

Source: Sponichi 4/9/2016

[UPDATE 4/10 @ 12:03pm]

The NPB record of twelve was set by Daiei in 1953.

Source: Sanspo 4/10/2016

[UPDATE 4/10 @ 6:05pm]

The Buffaloes tied the record today. They have not hit a home run in twelve straight games since the start of the season. They have so far scored the fewest numbers of runs (33) and allowed the most number of runs (85) in the NPB this season.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/10/2016, Daily Sports 4/10/2016

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YOM

[4/9/2016] Utsumi, Otake still not ready for Ichi-gun

According to ZakZak, the Giants have been turning to younger pitchers like Kentaro Taira for Ichi-gun starts because Tetsuya Utsumi and Kan Otake are still not ready.

Ni-gun manager Masaki Saito told reporters that veteran pitchers are expected to get Ni-gun hitters out and that if they were getting hit, he could not recommend them for the active roster. He also said that pitchers like Utsumi and Otake were not on the active roster because they were not pitching well.

Source: ZakZak 4/9/2016

Ni-gun Stats

Pitcher G W L SV CG SHO PCT BF IP H HR BB IBB HB SO WP BK R ER ERA BB/9 K/9 WHIP
Otake, Kan 3 1 1 0 0 0 .500 63 14.1 16 0 2 0 1 11 1 0 6 4 2.51 1.26 6.91 1.26
Utsumi, Tetsuya 3 1 0 0 0 0 1.000 71 18.0 14 0 4 0 1 18 1 0 4 3 1.50 2.00 9.00 1.00
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YOM

[4/9/2016] Ni-gun manager Masaki Saito out with the flu

The Giants announced on April 9 that Ni-gun manager Masaki Saito was diagnosed with influenza A. Ni-gun hitting coach Shinji Inoue will take over as interim manager until Saito returns.

Trainer Mitsuhiro Iwagaki was diagnosed with influenza B.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/9/2016

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HAN

[4/9/2016] Mauro Gomez leaves early with lower back pain

Mauro Gomez was replaced on defense in the sixth inning of today’s game against Hiroshima. He was pulled early because of problems with his lower back. His status for tomorrow is uncertain.

Source: Sanspo 4/9/2016

[UPDATE 4/10 @ 11:59am]

Gomez has been feeling some discomfort in his lower back for a few days. It got worse after he hit a line drive back to Hiroki Kuroda in the fourth inning.

Source: Sanspo 4/10/2016

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YAK

[4/9/2016] Shingo Kawabata earns domestic FA option

Shingo Kawabata earned his domestic FA option today with eight years of service time on the active roster. Kawabata signed a four-year deal this past December.

Source: Jiji 4/9/2016, Sanspo 4/9/2016

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CHU

[4/9/2016] Masahiro Araki plays in 2,000th career game

Masahiro Araki played in his 2,000th career game on April 9.

Araki was presented with flowers after the fifth inning. He is the forty-ninth player in NPB history to reach the milestone and fourth in franchise history, behind Morimichi Takagi, Tatsuhiko Kimata, and Kazuyoshi Tatsunami. Araki played in his first game on May 31, 1997.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/9/2016, Sanspo 4/9/2016, Tokyo Sports 4/9/2016

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HIR

[4/9/2016] Hiroki Kuroda takes liner off left ankle

Hiroki Kuroda outing against Hanshin was cut short today. In the fourth inning, Mauro Gomez hit a 0-2 pitch back up the middle that struck Kuroda near the left ankle. The ball ricocheted toward Hector Luna, who fielded it and threw out Gomez at first for the final out of the inning. Kuroda was slow in returning to the dugout and was later replaced by a pinch-hitter.

There are currently no plans to send Kuroda to the hospital for tests. Hiroshima will take a wait-and-see approach.

Source: Daily Sports 4/9/2016, Sports Hochi 4/9/2016, Sponichi 4/9/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/9/2016

[UPDATE @ 10:46pm]

The Carp announced that Kuroda has a bruise on his right lower leg. He is considered day-to-day.

After the game, Kuroda told reporters the ball hit him near the top of the Achilles tendon.

Source: Daily Sports 4/9/2016

[UPDATE 4/10 @ 6:02pm]

Kuroda is currently scheduled to make his next start, as planned, on six days of rest on April 16 against Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome. He focused on getting treatment for the leg today and will have the day off on Monday.

Source: Daily Sports 4/10/2016

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HAM

[4/9/2016] Dai-Kang Yoh hurts left ankle

Dai-Kang Yoh hurt his left ankle while running the bases in a game against Rakuten at kobo Stadium today.

Down by three runs with runners on first and second and no out in the fifth inning, Yoh hit an RBI single to center. An out later, he was at second when Kensuke Tanaka hit a sac fly to center to score the runner from third. Yoh twisted his left ankle when he tagged up and slid into third base. He was replaced by a pinch-runner and had to be helped off the field.

Source: Tokyo Sports 4/9/2016, Daily Sports 4/9/2016Nikkan Sports 4/9/2016

[UPDATE @ 9:33pm]

Yoh was examined at a hospital in Sendai and diagnosed with a left ankle sprain that will take about a week for a full recovery.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/9/2016

[UPDATE 4/11 @ 2:12pm]

Yoh did not play in the Rakuten game on April 10 because of his sprained ankle. The Fighters are not expected to take him off the active roster. He will be traveling with the team for the Orix series that begins tomorrow. He will resume practices as soon as he is able to.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/11/2016

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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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