Tag Archive: Chunichi Dragons


Yohei Oshima: Did You Know



May 22 vs Yokohama at Yokohama – Oshima homered in back-to-back trips to the plate for the first time in his career. He hit a two-run home run in the third inning and a solo home run in the fifth inning, both to right and both off Satoshi Iizuka. This was also the first time he hit two homers in a game.

Source: Sanspo 5/22/2018, Sponichi 5/22/2018


[5/13/2018] Daisuke Matsuzaka leaves start with calf tightness

Daisuke Matsuzaka started a game against the Yomiuri Giants at Tokyo Dome on May 13 and left in the middle of the third inning because of tightness in his right calf.

Matsuzaka faced thirteen batters and gave up four runs on four hits and two walks. He threw forty-one pitches before he left the game.

Source: Daily Sports 5/13/2018, Sports Hochi 5/13/2018, Sponichi 5/13/2018, Sponichi 5/13/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/13/2018, Tokyo Sports 5/13/2018


[4/30/2018] Daisuke Matsuzaka notches first NPB since 2006

Daisuke Matsuzaka got the win in his start against the Yokohama Bay Stars earlier today in front of 36,606 at Nagoya Dome. It was his first NPB win since September 19, 2006.

Matsuzaka held the Bay Stars to a run despite allowing at least one runner to reach base in every inning he pitched through three hits, seven walks, and one hit batsmen. He also struck out six, topped out at 147km/h, and threw 114 pitches over six innings of work.

Source: Sponichi 4/30/2018, Tokyo Sports 4/30/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/30/2018, Daily Sports 4/30/2018


[4/26/2018] Seibu nine or more in five straight, Yomiuri first twenty run game since 1955

The Seibu Lions set a Pacific League record on April 25 by scoring nine or more runs in their fifth straight game. From April 18: nine, nine, nine, eleven, twelve. The Hanshin Tigers are the only other team in NPB history to score nine or more runs in five consecutive games (2005, from April 2 to 7).

Source: Sponichi 4/26/2018, Sponichi 4/25/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/26/2018

The Yomiuri Giants beat the Chunichi Dragons 20-4 on April 25. For the Giants, it was the tenth time they scored twenty or more runs in a game in franchise history, first since they recorded twenty-five runs against Hiroshima on June 22, 1955. For the Dragons, it was the first time they allowed twenty or more runs in a game since they gave up twenty runs against Yakult on May 3, 2004.

Source: Daily Sports 4/25/2018, Sponichi 4/25/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/26/2018, ZakZak 4/26/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/25/2018, Sponichi 4/25/2018


[4/24/2018] Dillon Gee taken off active roster on April 22

Dillon Gee was pulled from a game against Hiroshima at Nagoya Dome on April 21 because of general discomfort in his right arm and cold fingertips. Gee was taken off the active roster on April 22. He will undergo tests before the Chunichi Dragons decide what steps to take.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/22/2018, Sports Hochi 4/22/2018

[UPDATE 4/25 @ 6:56pm]

Gee was examined at a hospital in Japan on April 23. The Dragons announced today that Gee returned to the United States for additional tests. There is currently no timetable for his return.

Source: Sponichi 4/25/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/25/2018, Sanspo 4/25/2018

[UPDATE 4/30 @ 1:23pm]

Nikkan Sports is reporting that Gee will have surgery to treat blood flow problems in his right fingers.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/30/2018

[UPDATE 5/8 @ 10:32pm]

The Dragons announced today that Gee had surgery in the United States to treat the blood flow condition in his right fingers. He is currently at his home in Texas. His recovery schedule will be determined after a re-evaluation later this month.

Source: Sponichi 5/8/2018, Sanspo 5/8/2018


[4/20/2018] Naomichi Donoue earns domestic FA option

Twenty-nine-year-old Naomichi Donoue earned his domestic free agent option on April 19 with eight years of service time on the active roster. He told reporters he was both happy and frustrated with the option — happy to earn the option, but frustrated he was unable to do more with his time.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/20/2018, Sponichi 4/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/20/2018, Sanspo 4/20/2018


[4/19/2018] Dayan Viciedo returns to US for citizenship

The Chunichi Dragons announced today that Dayan Viciedo returned to the United States earlier in the day. Viciedo is in the process of acquiring US citizenship. He is expected to return as soon as everything is complete (he missed parts of the season last year for the same reason, but was unable to finalize the process).

Source: Sponichi 4/19/2018, Daily Sports 4/19/2018, Sanspo 4/19/2018

[UPDATE 4/28 @ 2:14am]

Viciedo returned to Japan on April 27. He will join Ni-gun practices on April 28.

Source: Sanspo 4/27/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/27/2018, Sponichi 4/27/2018


[4/19/2018] Chunichi Dragons add Raidel Martinez to seventy-man roster

The Chunichi Dragons announced today that they added twenty-one-year-old Ikusei pitcher Raidel Martinez to their seventy-man roster. His uniform number will change from 211 to 97. His salary will increase from ten million yen to fifteen million yen (estimates).

Source: Chunichi 4/19/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/19/2018, Sports Hochi 4/19/2018, Sponichi 4/19/2018


[4/13/2018] Takahito Kudo earns domestic FA option

Thirty-seven-year-old Takahito Kudo earned his domestic free agent option on April 13 with eight years of service time on the active roster.

Source: Sanspo 4/13/2018, Sponichi 4/13/2018, Sports Hochi 4/13/2018


[4/12/2018] Sho Ishikawa has surgery on both ankles

The Chunichi Dragons announced on April 11 that Sho Ishikawa had surgery to remove the os trigonum in both ankles at a hospital in Nagoya. He was having problems with his ankle before he turned pro. It is uncertain how long he will be out.

Source: Daily Sports 4/11/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/11/2018, Sports Hochi 4/11/2018

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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