Takahiro Norimoto won his start against Nippon Ham on April 8 and struck out eleven in eight innings. He joined Hideo Nomo (1994, three games) and Yu Darvish (2010, five games) as the only pitchers in NPB history to record ten or more strikeouts in three consecutive outings, beginning on opening day. He also became the only pitcher in NPB history to win three straight, beginning with the opening day game, and strike out ten or more in each game.0 Comments
The Bay Stars held a press conference for Mike Zagurski earlier today. He was assigned the uniform number 69. Zagurski also threw a bullpen session at Yokohama Stadium. He is slated to toss batting practice before the Yakult game on April 10. He will join the Ichi-gun team once his work visa clears and he has had a chance to play in a few Ni-gun games.0 Comments
The NPB has decided to temporarily ease up on their punishments for players and staff that may have gambled on baseball in the past, so long as they step forward and disclose their incidents between April 6 and 25.
Players and staff that are caught gambling on baseball are either banned for life (Article 177, if they bet on their own games) or suspended from a year up to an undetermined amount of time (Article 180, if they bet on games other than their own). The NPB’s decision to temporarily ease up on punishments will only affect players/staff that may have bet on games other than their own and could potentially keep suspensions to one year if they come clean, cooperate, and show remorse.
The league and all twelve teams have set up a support hotline for players and staff to use. They will be accepting anonymous requests for support. Names of players/staff that admit to gambling on baseball will not be disclosed until the investigation committee is ready to release its report.
As of April 4, the NPB has not yet been able to sit down with Shoki Kasahara because they have not been able to agree to terms for their meeting. Kasahara has asked the NPB to provide him with a list of questions they might ask him and the NPB wants full assurance that the list will not be leaked to the public. The NPB has not been able to get a firm commitment from him.
Source: Sponichi 4/4/20160 Comments
Takehiro Ishikawa (right elbow) is set to join the Ichi-gun team today.
Shun Yamaguchi (right ankle) will also join the Ichi-gun team today, ahead of his first Ichi-gun start on April 9 against Yakult.
The Bay Stars are expected to start Shoichi Ino, Yamaguchi, and Kenta Ishida during the Yakult series that begins today. Yasutomo Kubo’s next start will most likely be pushed back from April 9 to April 12 against Hanshin.
Source: Sports Hochi 4/8/20160 Comments
Tadashi Settsu has struggled in his three starts so far this season. On April 7, he started a game that the Hawks ended up losing 17-8. It marked the first time the team gave up seventeen runs in a game since July 19, 2002. It also marked the first time the team fell three games under 500 since July 24, 2013. Settsu will be taken off the active roster for a tune-up.
The Orix Buffaloes are scheduled to play a two-game series against Softbank over the weekend. Chihiro Kaneko is lined up for the start on Saturday. The start on Sunday would normally go to Brandon Dickson, but the Buffaloes could instead turn to Yuki Nishi.
Nishi has struggled in both his starts this season. He gave up six runs (all earned) on seven hits and three walks and lasted just three plus innings during his last start on April 5 against Rakuten.
Source: Daily Sports 4/8/20162 Comments
Yuki Yanagita has just seven hits in thirty-six at bats but also seventeen walks in fifty-three plate appearances. He has walked at least once in all eleven games so far this season.
Walk count: 2, 3, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 1, 2, 1, 1
When Yanagita walked on April 6, he pushed his streak of at least one walk a game to ten since the start of the season and tied the NPB record set by Koichi Oshima in 2000. He extended the record to eleven on April 7.
The NPB record for longest streak of at least one walk a game, starting at any point during the season, is eighteen, set by Sadaharu Oh between June and July 1970.0 Comments
Randy Messenger won his start against the Yomiuri Giants on April 7. He is now 10-11 against the Giants over his career. Only two other Hanshin foreign pitchers have more victories against the Giants: Gene Bacque (17-23) and Matt Keough (13-12).
Source: Daily Sports 4/7/20160 Comments
An umpire made a delayed call on a play during a Hanshin-Yomiuri game on April 6. The incident took place in the seventh inning with a runner on first and one out. Ryutaro Umeno hit a pitch to left and Daisuke Nakai made a sliding one-hop catch. Third base umpire Tetsuo Yamaji made a delayed call on the play that resulted in Takashi Toritani, the runner at first, getting thrown out at second on a force.
The Tigers filed a letter of opinion with the commissioner’s office today, asking the league to improve the quality and speed of calls.0 Comments
Erik Cordier was taken off the active roster on April 7 for some a tune-up at Ni-gun. The Buffaloes were looking at him as a closer, but they may now be considering another role for him. In the mean time, Yoshihisa Hirano will most likely take over as closer.
The Buffaloes are expected to add Pat Misch to the active roster.