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[6/14/2017] Louis Okoye to join Ni-gun team on June 15

Louis Okoye is set to join the Ni-gun team on June 15. Okoye fractured his right ring finger during spring camp this year. He started playing in Ikusei rehab games in April, but then sprained his ankle. He is just now finally getting back into form.

Source: ZakZak 6/14/2017

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[6/14/2017] Eigoro Mogi leaves game with fatigue

Eigoro Mogi left tonight’s game against the Yakult Swallows on defense in the fifth inning because of fatigue.

Source: Sanspo 6/14/2017

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[6/14/2017] Yamaguchi, Mathieson, Caminero combine for no-hitter

Shun Yamaguchi, Scott Mathieson, and Arquimedes Caminero to throw a no-hitter tonight against the Softbank Hawks at Tokyo Dome. They are just the second trio in NPB history to record a no-hitter. The other trio: Nippon Ham’s Tomoya Yagi, Hisashi Takeda, and Micheal Nakamura accomplished the feat in twelve innings against Softbank at Yahoo Dome on April 15, 2006.

There have been three other no-hitters that involved two pitchers:

  • June 22, 1941 – Kurowashi’s Miyoshi Nakagawa and Shigezo Ishihara against Nagoya at Korakuen Stadium
  • August 2, 1941 – Hankyu’s Takashi Eda and Kotaro Mori against Nagoya at Nishinomiya Stadium
  • November 1, 2007 (Nippon Series) – Chunichi’s Daisuke Yamai and Hitoki Iwase against Nippon Ham at Nagoya Dome
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[6/14/2017] Takayuki Kajitani tweaks wrist during BP

Takayuki Kajitani tweaked his left wrist during batting practice before last night’s game against the Chiba Lotte Marines. He was left out of the starting line-up. He is not expected to miss tonight’s game.

Source: Sanspo 6/14/2017

[UPDATE 6/14 @ 6:46pm]

Kajitani was left out of the starting line-up against tonight. He was apparently not quite ready to play. He might also sit out tomorrow’s game, depending on his condition. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Daily Sports 6/14/2017, Sponichi 6/14/2017

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[6/14/2017] Yuhei Nakamura takes foul tip off right knee

Yuhei Nakamura took a foul tip off his right knee during last night’s game against the Rakuten Eagles. The incident took place in the top of the eighth inning. He was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the bottom-half of the inning. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Sanspo 6/14/2017

[UPDATE 6/15 @ 1:08am]

Nakamura was examined (MRI) at a hospital in Tokyo on June 14 and was diagnosed with a bone contusion on his right femur. He might also have a fracture in his right patella. He will be taken off the active roster on June 15.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/15/2017, Nikkan Sports 6/15/2017, Sanspo 6/15/2017

[UPDATE 6/16 @ 12:37am]

Nakamura was examined at a hospital in Tokyo on June 15. No abnormalities were discovered in his right patella.

Source: Sanspo 6/15/2017

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[6/13/2017] Hanshin Tigers exploring overseas market

The Hanshin Tigers are exploring the overseas market for some help.

According to Sanspo, the Tigers are primarily looking at options at first base. Possible candidates could include thirty-two-year-old Matt McBride, thirty-two-year-old Jim Adduci, and twenty-eight-year-old Will Middlebrooks. They are not in a rush to add another bat right away, but want to be prepared in case they need to sign someone before the July deadline.

Nikkan Sports posted a report that the Tigers are putting together a list of options at first base and the outfield. They may be keeping an eye on former NPB players, like thirty-seven-year-old Hector Luna, thirty-four-year-old Anderson Hernandez, and twenty-eight-year-old Rainel Rosario.

Source: Sanspo 6/13/2017, Nikkan Sports 6/13/2017

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[6/13/2017] 88th Inter-City Tournament Participants

Region City Team Name Apperances
Nominated Toyota トヨタ自動車
Toyota Jidosha
3年連続19回目
19
Hokkaido Sapporo JR北海道硬式野球クラブ
JR Hokkaido Baseball Club
3年連続14回目
14
Tohoku Ishinomaki 日本製紙石巻
Nippon Seishi Ishinomaki
2年ぶり4回目
4
Yamagata きらやか銀行
Kirayaka Ginko
2年連続2回目
2
Hokushinetsu Takaoka 伏木海陸運送
Fushiki Kairiku Unso
5年ぶり4回目
4
Kita Kanto Kashima 新日鐵住金鹿島
Shin Nittetsu Sumikin Kashima
2年連続17回目
17
Hitachi 日立製作所
Hitachi Seisakusho
3年連続36回目
36
Minami Kanto Saitama 日本通運
Nippon Tsuun
3年連続42回目
42
Sayama ホンダ
Honda
2年ぶり31回目
31
Tokyo Tokyo NTT東日本
NTT Higashi Nihon
2年連続41回目
41
Tokyo 東京ガス
Tokyo Gas
5年連続20回目
20
Tokyo JR東日本
JR Higashi Nihon
8年連続20回目
20
Tokyo セガサミー
Sega Sammy
2年ぶり9回目
9
Nishi Kanto Yokohama 三菱日立パワーシステムズ
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems
2年連続9回目
9
Kawasaki 東芝
Toshiba
9年連続39回目
39
Tokai Okazaki 三菱自動車岡崎
Mitsubishi Jidosha Okazaki
4年ぶり10回目
10
Nagoya 東邦ガス
Toho Gas
3年ぶり11回目
11
Tokai 新日鐵住金東海REX
Shin Nittetsu Sumikin Tokai REX
3年ぶり13回目
13
Nagoya 三菱重工名古屋
Mitsubishi Juko Nagoya
5年連続26回目
26
Suzuka ホンダ鈴鹿
Honda Suzuka
2年連続22回目
22
Ogaki 西濃運輸
Seino Unyu
4年連続36回目
36
Kinki Osaka 日本生命
Nihon Seimei
15年連続59回目
59
Osaka NTT西日本
NTT Nishi Nippon
3年連続28回目
28
Kyoto 日本新薬
Nippon Shinyaku
4年連続34回目
34
Kadoma パナソニック
Panasonic
2年連続51回目
51
Kobe/Takasago 三菱重工神戸・高砂
Mitsubishi Juko Kobe/Takasago
4年連続34回目
34
Chugoku Hiroshima 三菱重工広島
Mitsubishi Juko Hiroshima
2年ぶり16回目
16
Hiroshima JR西日本
JR Nishi Nihon
2年連続3回目
3
Shikoku Takamatsu JR四国
JR Shikoku
2年ぶり10回目
10
Kyushu Fukuoka 西部ガス
Saibu Gas
3年連続3回目
3
Ozu ホンダ熊本
Honda Kumamoto
2年連続11回目
11
Fukuoka 九州三菱自動車
Kyushi Mitsubishi Jidosha
5年ぶり3回目
3
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[6/13/2017] Yomiuri GM planning to step down

Tatsuyoshi Tsutsumi is planning to take responsibility for the Yomiuri Giants’ season by stepping down as the team’s general manager. A successor has not yet been selected, though there may be a number of candidates that could replace him, including Special Assistant Yoshitaka Katori.

Tsutsumi took over as general manager in May 2015. Among some of the moves he made:

  • signed Alex Castellanos in July 2015
  • signed Luis Cruz and Garrett Jones after the 2015 season
  • traded Susumu Orui for Masahiro Inui in April 2016
  • signed Casey McGehee, Arquimedes Caminero, Dai-Kang Yoh, Masahiko Morifuku, and Shun Yamaguchi after the 2016 season
  • traded Taishi Ota and Katsuhiko Kumon for Mitsuo Yoshikawa and Shingo Ishikawa in November 2016
  • traded Yuki Koyama for Takahiro Kakizawa in December 2016
  • started a San-gun level

Source: Tokyo Sports 6/13/2017, Daily Sports 6/13/2017, Daily Sports 6/13/2017Nikkan Sports 6/13/2017, Sponichi 6/13/2017, Sanspo 6/13/2017

[UPDATE 6/13 @ 8:30pm]

The Giants announced today, after a shareholder’s meeting and a board of directors meeting, that Representative Director and President Hiroshi Kubo was named representative director and chairman. Yomiuri Shimbun Tokyo Bureau Director Kazuo Ishi was named the new Representative Director and President. They also announced that they accepted Tsutsumi’s resignation as director general manager and director of baseball operations. Special Assistant to the General Manager Katori was named the new general manager and director of baseball operations.

Source: Yomiuri 6/13/2017

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[6/12/2017] MyNavi All-Star Game 2017, latest voting results from June 12

Entry Type Valid Entries Invalid Entries Total Entries
Internet 544,388 0 544,388
Paper 449,060 6,315 455,375
Totals 993,448 6,315 999,763

Total number of votes: 15,849,772

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[6/12/2017] Rakuten Eagles reach agreement with Josh Corrales

The Rakuten Eagles announced today that they reached an agreement with twenty-seven-year-old Josh Corrales. He was assigned the uniform number 93. According to media reports, the two sides agreed on a one-year deal worth an estimated six million yen.

Corrales was 6-1 with a 1.06 ERA and a K/9 of 10.59 in eight games with the Toyama GRN Thunderbirds (BC League) this season. The Eagles see him as an arm they might be able to use out of the bullpen.

Source: Rakuten 6/12/2017, Sports Hochi 6/12/2017, Jiji 6/12/2017, Daily Sports 6/12/2017

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hiroshima 68 42 25 1
Hanshin 65 37 28 0
Yokohama 67 31 34 2
Chunichi 68 29 36 3
Yomiuri 66 29 37 0
Yakult 66 26 39 1
G W L T
Rakuten 61 40 21 0
Softbank 68 43 25 0
Seibu 64 35 27 2
Orix 65 29 36 0
Nippon Ham 65 28 37 0
Lotte 67 21 45 1
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