September 19 vs Nippon Ham at MetLife Dome – Yamada hit a home run for the first hit of his career (fourth inning, off Mizuki Hori). He also made the starting line-up for the first time in his career. The hit came in his fourth plate appearance, seventh game.0 Comments
Shuta Tonosaki developed tightness in his back during pre-game practices today. He was taken to a hospital in Osaka for tests and diagnosed with mild tightness in his oblique abdominal muscle. Tonosaki was scheduled to get the start in right and bat fifth against Orix at Kyocera Dome, but the Seibu Lions decided to send him to the hospital for tests as a precaution.
Tonosaki is considered day-to-day. He is expected to remain with the Ichi-gun team for the time being.
[UPDATE 9/5 @ 1:09pm]
The Lions decided to take Tonosaki off the active roster on September 4 because they wanted to avoid the temptation of using him if he remained available. The team is hoping he can return in the minimum ten days.0 Comments
The Seibu Lions turned a triple play (5-4-3) during their game against the Rakuten Eagles on August 28. It was the eighty-fourth triple play in Pacific League history; the first triple play since the Softbank Hawks turned three against the Nippon Ham Fighters on April 22, 2014 (third inning, runners on first and third, no out, 8-2-4 on a Sho Nakata fly out to center); the first ground ball triple play since Seibu turned three against Nippon Ham on July 1, 2012 (second inning, runners on first and second, no out, 5-4-3 on a Dai-Kang Yoh ground out to third); and the first Seibu triple play since August 17, 2012 (sixth inning, runners on first and second, no out, on a Jose Fernandez fly out to right).0 Comments
According to a report by Nikkan Sports, the Seibu Lions are leaning towards agreeing to post twenty-seven-year-old Yusei Kikuchi after the 2018 season. The Lions have dropped statements over the last couple of years indicating they would be open to posting the ace based on his performance. Team official Haruhiko Suzuki told reporters on August 16 that they have made no promises, have not spoken directly to Kikuchi, and will not discuss individual issues until after the season.
Kikuchi has posted decent numbers (9-2, 101 K, 33 BB, 112.2 IP, 3.20 ERA) despite struggling with left shoulder issues earlier in the year. The Lions have also played well and are currently in first place in the Pacific League (the second place Fighters are 5.5 games back).
[UPDATE 8/18 @ 11:57am]
Eighteen scouts from twelve NPB teams, including the Brewers, were at Kikuchi’s start against Nippon Ham on August 17.0 Comments
The Seibu Lions announced on July 26 that they reached an agreement with Kyle Martin. They are hoping he can help bolster their bullpen. The twenty-seven-year-old will arrive in Japan on July 29. The Lions will hold a press conference for him on July 31.
[UPDATE 8/1 @ 4:50am]
The Lions held a press conference for Martin on July 31. He was assigned the uniform number 42. According to media reports, he agreed to a contract worth an estimated 300,000 US dollars.One Comment
The Seibu Lions made it to one million in attendance in their forty-first game of the season on July 21 and set a new franchise speed record (based on figures released since 2005).
Source: Sanspo 7/21/20180 Comments
Fabio Castillo was taken off the active roster on July 20 with tightness in his right elbow. His schedule will be determined after a visit to the hospital. Castillo felt some tightness and pain during his last outing before the All-Star break and expressed some concern about the elbow during the recent Softbank series at YafuOku Dome.0 Comments
Seibu Lions announced today that they acquired twenty-six-year-old Ryuya Ogawa in a trade with the Chunichi Dragons for cash considerations.0 Comments
June 14 vs Yakult at MetLife Dome – Imai made his Ichi-gun debut and recorded a victory (six innings, 112 pitches, five hits, one run, topped out at 152km/h). He is the seventh player in Lions history to record a win in his first game, first since Kazuyuki Hoashi on March 27, 2001. He is the first starter since Daisuke Matsuzaka on April 7, 1999.
Imai is also the seventh Koshien Champion since 1950 to record a win in his first game, first since Yuki Saito and Yuya Fukui in 2011; and fifth Koshien Champion out of high school since Daisuke Matsuzaka in 1999.0 Comments
Tamura told the media on June 12, 2018 that he filed marriage papers with an older woman from Saitama earlier in the day.0 Comments