[6/9/2018] Central League sweeps Pacific League

Central League teams swept the Pacific League today for the third time in Inter-league history.


  • Central League
    • June 18, 2008
    • June 15, 2014
    • June 9, 2018
  • Pacific League
    • May 12, 2006
    • June 7, 2006
    • May 22, 2007
    • June 14, 2015

Source: Daily Sports 6/9/2018, Sponichi 6/9/2018, Sanspo 6/9/2018


[6/9/2018] Wladimir Balentien hurts right hand

Wladimir Balentien hurt his right hand while making a catch up against the wall during the eighth inning of a game against the Orix Buffaloes at Jingu Stadium on June 8. He was replaced on defense in the ninth inning and is considered day-to-day.

Source: Sanspo 6/8/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/9/2018


[6/9/2018] Hanshin Tigers exploring overseas market

According to a number of reports from this morning, the Hanshin Tigers are exploring the overseas market. Possible interests include thirty-two-year-old Efren Navarro (currently seems to be the front-runner), thirty-one-year-old Nick Buss, and twenty-seven-year-old Kennys Vargas.

The Tigers added Wilin Rosario during the winter with hopes that he would be enough to get them through the season, but he was taken off the active roster on June 3 because of his struggles at the plate. The front office is now considering other alternatives, including the possibility of finding someone that might be able to supplement Rosario, and not necessarily replace him.

Source: Sponichi 6/9/2018, Sports Hochi 6/9/2018, Daily Sports 6/9/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/9/2018, Sanspo 6/9/2018

[UPDATE 6/10 @ 1:06pm]

The Tigers may be close to finalizing a deal for Navarro, according to at least two media sources from this morning.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/10/2018, Daily Sports 6/10/2018


[6/9/2018] Schedule Changes

The following additions were made to the Inter-league schedule.

  • June 11 – Chiba Lotte Marines vs Hanshin Tigers at Koshien Stadium – 18:00 (June 8 rain out)
  • June 18 – Nippon Ham Fighters vs Hiroshima Carp at Mazda Stadium – 18:00 (June 5 rain out)

Source: NPB 6/8/2018 (Hanshin), NPB 6/8/2018 (Hiroshima), Hanshin 6/8/2018, Hiroshima 6/8/2018


[6/8/2018] Samurai Japan College Roster Candidates

Samurai Japan released a list of candidates for the college roster today. The team is scheduled to participate in the 42nd Japan-USA University Baseball Championship and the 29th Haarlem Baseball Week. Candidates will attend a mini camp in Hiratsuka between June 22 (Friday) and 24 (Sunday). Additional players, selected from teams playing in the Japan National Collegiate Baseball Championship, are also expected to attend the mini camp as possible candidates.



[6/7/2018] Keiji Obiki hurts leg while running bases

Keiji Obiki hurt his leg while running to first after he hit a single to center in the fifth inning and was replaced by a pinch-runner. Junichi Ogawa later told reporters that Obiki will have to be taken off the active roster.

Source: Sanspo 6/7/2018


[6/7/2018] Takayuki Kajitani taken off active roster

Takayuki Kajitani was taken off the active roster on June 7 with lower back pain.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/7/2018


[6/7/2018] Nihon Seimei MVP of the Month Awards for May

Central League


Daichi Osera, Hiroshima (First Time)
4 G, 4-0, 31.0 IP, 2.031 ERA, 2 CG, 25 SO, 7 ER

Osera recorded a victory in each of his starts in May and led the league with four wins. He picked up his first complete game victory in three years when he held Yakult to one run on seven hits on May 5. He continued to pitch well and ended the month with his second complete game victory of the year (three runs on five hits vs Chunichi on May 25). Osera is the first Hiroshima pitcher to win MVP of the Month since Yusuke Nomura in June 2016.


Zoilo Almonte, Chunichi (First Time)
25 G, .371 AVG, 36 H, 5 HR, 21 RBI

Almonte batted .371 and led the league with thirty-six hits in May. He recorded a hit in twenty-three of twenty-five games and notched two or more hits in ten (he also went 4-for-5 against Hiroshima on May 27). His twenty-one RBI was good for a second place tie. The last Chunichi hitter to win an MVP of the Month was Dayan Viciedo in May 2017.

Pacific League


Takayuki Kishi, Rakuten (Third Time)
5 G, 3-0, 40.0 IP, 1.35 ERA, 2 CG, 1 ShO, 37 SO, 6 ER

Kishi started five games in May and went 3-0. He lead the league in ERA (1.35), innings (40.0 IP), and strikeouts (37). He tossed a three-hit shutout against Nippon Ham on May 2 and recorded seven shutout innings against Lotte on May 8. He failed to pick up a victory after he held Softbank to three runs (two earned) over six innings on May 17, but he kept the Eagles close enough for a walk-off victory. He picked up a complete game victory against Orix on May 24 (one run, four hits) and turned in a solid performance against Yokohama on May 31 (three runs, nine innings). Kishi won MVP of the Month awards in August 2008 and May 2014.


Yuki Yanagita, Softbank (Fifth Time)
26 G, .387 AVG, 41 H, 7 HR, 23 RBI, 5 SB

Yanagita played in all twenty-six of Softbank’s games in May. He batted third in nineteen games and clean-up in seven. He led the league in hits (41), doubles (8), RBI (23), total bases (74), batting average (.387), slugging percentage (.698), and batting average with runners in scoring position (.433). He recorded a hit in twenty-two games and drove in at least one run in fourteen games, including two or more in seven games). He failed to reach base in just one game. Yanagita won MVP of the Month in May 2014, August and September 2015, and June 2017.

Source: NPB 6/7/2018


[6/7/2018] Stefen Romero has inflammation in knee

Stefen Romero left a game against the Hanshin Tigers after he felt discomfort in his right knee while running the bases in the sixth inning. He was taken to a hospital in Osaka for tests and diagnosed with inflammation in his right patella.

Source: Daily Sports 6/5/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/6/2018


[6/7/2018] Samurai Japan: High School vs College Exhibition Game

The Samurai Japan U-18 team will play an exbhition game against Samurai Japan College for the first time since 2016.

  • August 28, 2018 (Tuesday) at 18:00
  • Jingu Stadium
  • No alternate date
  • DH rule
  • No called games or extra innings
  • Wood bats (both teams)

The Samurai Japan U-18 team is slated to participate in the 12th BFA U-18 Baseball Championship later this year in September.

Source: Samurai Japan 6/4/2018

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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