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).
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, 2004.0 Comments
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.
[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.0 Comments
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.0 Comments
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).0 Comments
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).0 Comments
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.0 Comments
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.0 Comments
Shota Ono was hit by a pitch on the left side of his head during a game against the Hanshin Tigers on April 8. He was taken to a hospital in Osaka for tests and diagnosed with a bruise. He later developed symptoms of a concussion and was taken off the active roster on April 11.0 Comments
Daisuke Matsuzaka got a start against the Yomiuri Giants on April 5. He gave up three runs (two earned) on eight hits and three walks over five innings of work and took a loss. He faced twenty-six hitters, threw ninety-six pitches, and struck out five. It was his first regular season start on Japanese soil since September 26, 2006.
The Chunichi Dragons removed Matsuzaka from the active roster on April 6, most likely because he is not scheduled to pitch within the next ten days.0 Comments
The Chunichi Dragons announced today that they added Ikusei pitcher Yusuke Kinoshita to their seventy-man roster. His uniform number will change from 201 to 98. His salary will be an estimated 4.2 million yen.0 Comments