Central League teams swept the Pacific League today for the third time in Inter-league history.
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.0 Comments
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.
[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.0 Comments
The following additions were made to the Inter-league schedule.
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.0 Comments
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 6/7/20180 Comments
Takayuki Kajitani was taken off the active roster on June 7 with lower back pain.
Source: Sports Hochi 6/7/20180 Comments
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.
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 6/7/20180 Comments
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.0 Comments
The Samurai Japan U-18 team will play an exbhition game against Samurai Japan College for the first time since 2016.
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 6/4/20180 Comments