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[4/6/2016] Yoshihisa Naruse serves up a grand slam for the first time in his career

Yoshihisa Naruse has given up 156 home runs over his career. The 156th home run he allowed was a grand slam to Tsubasa Aizawa on April 5. It was the first grand slam he surrendered in his career.

Home Run Breakdown

Runners on Base Home Runs
none on 96
one on 47
two on 12
bases loaded 1

Source: Sponichi 4/6/2016

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SEI

[4/6/2016] Kishi records third shutout with one or fewer hits

Takayuki Kishi joined Tsutomu Tanaka (no hitter in 1966, one hitters in 1965 and 1967) and Tadao Wako (no hitter in 1967, one hitters in 1960 and 1962) as the only pitchers in franchise history to record three shutouts while allowing one or fewer hits.

Date Opponent Venue Score IP BF H BB SO
2010/04/06 Orix Seibu Dome 3-0 9.0 29 1 0 7
2014/05/02 Lotte QVC Marine 2-0 9.0 28 0 1 8
2016/04/05 Nippon Ham Seibu Prince Dome 10-0 9.0 29 1 2 4

Source: Sanspo 4/6/2016

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Injury Notes for Eigoro Mogi

Eigoro Mogi had a cardiac ablation to treat arrhythmia during the fall of his second year at Waseda University. He was hospitalized for three weeks after the procedure. His weight dropped from seventy-two to sixty-eight kilograms.

Source: Sponichi 4/6/2016

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A number of users have attempted to create user accounts and most likely came across some errors during the sign-up process. I have since fixed the problems and a back-log of e-mails were just now sent out. Some of the links in the older e-mails may not work. If so, simply visit YakyuDB as you normally do and use the login button in the top menu area.

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[4/5/2016] Yakult might be without a home stadium in 2020

The media learned on April 4 that the Olympic Organizing Committee would like to close Jingu Stadium for half a year beginning in May 2020. The committee wants to shut the stadium down for security and operation purposes. However, the stadium fields over 400 baseball games a year, split between professional (Yakult Swallows) and amateur leagues (Tokyo Big 6 League, Tohto University League, and the Tokyo High School Baseball Federation). If the request is accepted, about 200 baseball games will have to be moved to another venue.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/5/2016, Sports Hochi 4/5/2016

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[4/5/2016] Inter-league play will continue for at least two more years

A board of directors meeting took place on April 4. Among topics discussed:

  • Inter-league play will continue in 2017 and 2018 under the current format – eighteen games per team a season
  • The twelve NPB teams agreed to participate in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. The NPB checked in with the Japan Professional Baseball Players Association on March 31.

Source: Sponichi 4/5/2016

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[4/5/2016] Hawks to take Barbaro Canizares off the active roster

The Softbank Hawks are planning to take Barbaro Canizares off the active roster on April 6 because of his struggles at the plate. In eight Ichi-gun games, Canizares went 5-for-26 with eight strikeouts, one walk, and two RBI.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/5/2016

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HIR

[4/5/2016] Seiya Suzuki makes an early return

Seiya Suzuki was slowed by a right hamstring injury during spring camp and started the season at Ni-gun. He was added to the active roster on April 5.

Suzuki was originally slated to join the Ichi-gun team some time during or after the upcoming weekend, but the Carp decided to call him up sooner with the hopes that he can provide a spark.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/5/2016

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ORI

[4/5/2016] Orix considering Takayuki Tsukada for the active roster

The Orix Buffaloes are thinking about adding Ikusei pitcher Takayuki Tsukada to the active roster as a left-handed arm to help bolster the bullpen. Through April 4, Tsukada was 0-2 with a save and a 1.74 ERA in ten appearances at Ni-gun.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/5/2016, Daily Sports 4/5/2016

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HAM

[4/5/2016] Otani: one game as a pitcher, three as a position player per week

Shohei Otani’s next start will most likely come on seven days of rest on April 9 instead of six days of rest. This could be the start of a regular schedule of playing in one game as a pitcher (Saturdays) and three games as a position player per week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday). He was given the opportunity to play in games as a pitcher and position player on one day of rest last week (position player on March 30, pitcher on April 1, position player on April 3) and Hideki Kuriyama believes it would be best for Otani to get two days of rest after his starts as a pitcher instead of two days of preparation before starts as a pitcher.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/5/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/5/2016

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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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