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[4/9/2016] Shinsaburo Tawata tosses three shutout innings in rehab game

Shinsaburo Tawata (right shoulder) pitched in a rehab game at Ni-gun today. He pitched three shutout innings against Yakult and gave up two hits and two walks. He threw fifty-seven pitches, struck out three, and topped out at 145km/h. This was his first game since May 23, 2015.

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

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HAN

[4/9/2016] Taiga Egoshi hits home runs in three consecutive trips to the plate

Taiga Egoshi hit home runs in three consecutive trips to the plate, spanning three different games: April 3 against Yokohama, April 7 against Yomiuri, and April 8 against Hiroshima.

The last Hanshin player to hit home runs in three consecutive trips to the plate was Craig Brazell on June 29, 2010 (first at bat to third at bat) against Chunichi. The last Japanese Hanshin player was Tomoaki Kanemoto on April 10, 2009 (second at bat to fourth at bat) against Yomiuri.

Sadaaki Yoshimura and Morimichi Takagi have hit home runs in three or more consecutive trips to the plate, spanning three different games. Yoshimura: three home runs in 1983 between June 29 and July 1. Takagi: four home runs in 1977 between June 12 and 14.

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

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CHU

[4/9/2016] Ryosuke Hirata resumes practice

Ryosuke Hirata (left hip pain due to groin pain syndrome) resumed practices on April 8 at Nagoya Stadium. He is feeling better and was able to take soft-toss batting practice without pain.

Source: Sponichi 4/9/2016

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RAK

[4/9/2016] Rain man Kenji Tomura

Kenji Tomura’s first start, on April 7 against Orix at Hotto Motto Kobe, was canceled because of rain. His rescheduled start at Ni-gun, on April 8 against Lotte at Rifu, was canceled because of poor field conditions. He did get to pitch in a Ni-gun batting practice scrimmage at the Izumi Baseball Training Field on April 8: he faced ten hitters and gave up three hits, including a solo home run.

Tomura is scheduled to re-join the Ichi-gun team for practices on April 9. He is slated to get a start on April 14 against Lotte at kobo Stadium.

Tomura’s first starts of the year in 2013 and 2015 were also rained out.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/9/2016

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SOF

[4/9/2016] Softbank Hawks call up Robert Suarez

The Softbank Hawks sent Edison Barrios down to Ni-gun on April 8 and called up Robert Suarez today.

Ken Okamoto was also called up today. He will take Tadashi Settsu’s spot on the active roster.

Ni-gun

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
8 2 1 4 0 0 .667 37 9.0 8 0 3 0 0 14 0 1 2 2 2.00 3.00 14.00 1.22
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HAN

[4/8/2016] Atsushi Nomi records nineteenth double-digit strikeout game of his career

Atsushi Nomi notched the nineteenth double-digit strikeout game of his career on April 8 against Hiroshima. Only four other pitchers in franchise history have more double-digit strikeout games: Yutaka Enatsu (69), Minoru Murayama (32), Masaaki Koyama (27), and Kei Igawa (24).

Source: Daily Sports 4/8/2016

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RAK

[4/8/2016] Takahiro Norimoto sets new NPB record

Takahiro Norimoto won his start against Nippon Ham on April 8 and struck out eleven in eight innings. He joined Hideo Nomo (1994, three games) and Yu Darvish (2010, five games) as the only pitchers in NPB history to record ten or more strikeouts in three consecutive outings, beginning on opening day. He also became the only pitcher in NPB history to win three straight, beginning with the opening day game, and strike out ten or more in each game.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/8/2016, Sponichi 4/8.2016

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RAK

[4/8/2016] Kengo Horiuchi could resume hitting practice next week

Kengo Horiuchi fractured his right hamate bone during spring camp. He had surgery to treat the fracture on February 19. He is making good progress in his recovery. He worked on his catching with Ni-gun battery coach Yuichi Yanagizawa on April 8. He could resume hitting practice next year.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/8/2016

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YOK

[4/8/2016] Yokohama holds press conference for Mike Zagurski

The Bay Stars held a press conference for Mike Zagurski earlier today. He was assigned the uniform number 69. Zagurski also threw a bullpen session at Yokohama Stadium. He is slated to toss batting practice before the Yakult game on April 10. He will join the Ichi-gun team once his work visa clears and he has had a chance to play in a few Ni-gun games.

Source: Yokohama announcement 4/8/2016, Daily Sports 4/8/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/8/2016

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RAK

[4/8/2016] Kazuya Fujita still out with bruised left chest

Kazuya Fujita missed another game on April 8. He has not played in any games since he suffered a bruised left chest during an Orix game on April 5. He could be ready to return to the line-up on April 10.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/8/2016

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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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