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[4/7/2016] Randy Messenger notches tenth career victory against the Giants

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 4/7/2016

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HAN

[4/7/2016] Tigers file letter of opinion on April 6 force play

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.

Source: Tokyo Sports 4/7/2016, Daily Sports 4/7/2016

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ORI

[4/7/2016] Erik Cordier sent to Ni-gun for a tune-up

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.

Source: Sanspo 4/7/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/7/2016, Sponichi 4/7/2016, Sponichi 4/8/2016

Date Opp Desc IP BF H HR BB HBP SO WP BK R ER ERA BB/9 K/9 WHIP
03/25 SEI L 0.1 4 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 2 54.00 27.00 27.00 9.00
03/27 SEI S 1.0 7 3 0 1 0 3 0 0 1 1 20.25 13.50 27.00 5.25
03/30 HAM S 1.0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11.57 7.71 15.43 3.00
04/06 RAK 1.0 6 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 13.50 10.80 10.80 3.00
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CHU

[4/7/2016] Chunichi adds Masahiko Morino to the active roster

Masahiko Morino was added to the active roster today. He had a slow spring camp (3-for-28) and started the season at Ni-gun.

2016 Ni-gun Stats

AVG G AB PA R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB IBB HBP SO DP OBP SLG
.366 12 49 41 3 15 5 0 0 20 7 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 5 0 .469 .488
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[4/7/2016] NPB Fan Satisfaction Reports

Keio University Professor Hideo Suzuki has been publishing reports on NPB fan satisfaction since 2009. His latest report was uploaded to his research group’s website. If you can read Japanese, it is definitely worth a read.

Fan Satisfaction

Team Overall Team
Performance
Team
Player
Stadium Fan Services
Community Works
Uniforms
Logos
Cheering
Loyalty
Viewing
Loyalty
Softbank 72.59 83.07 79.48 68.17 68.17 71.24 73.98 73.23
Nippon Ham 66.45 65.42 69.55 67.03 67.03 67.87 66.28 64.76
Lotte 63.51 50.81 62.40 64.47 64.47 67.02 67.74 68.15
Yakult 63.05 71.37 71.49 59.44 59.44 65.34 67.82 67.44
Rakuten 62.92 41.83 57.89 64.12 64.12 63.69 67.23 66.59
Hiroshima 62.47 45.67 61.51 62.97 62.97 70.34 70.41 70.65
Seibu 61.37 48.90 62.92 60.83 60.83 64.47 67.36 66.71
Hanshin 60.03 51.49 59.75 58.36 58.36 67.14 65.81 64.42
Yomiuri 59.42 61.19 63.16 54.96 54.96 63.23 62.76 61.82
Orix 58.43 42.85 58.07 60.49 60.49 65.69 61.88 59.82
Yokohama 57.99 37.03 58.93 60.77 60.77 61.74 65.68 64.94
Chunichi 48.44 30.59 47.05 47.64 47.64 56.28 56.46 56.08
Total 61.43 52.65 62.75 60.80 60.80 65.36 66.16 65.43
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ORI

[4/7/2016] Orix Buffaloes: zero home runs through first ten games

The Orix Buffaloes have not hit a home run in their first ten games of the season. The streak ties the franchise record set in 2012.

Source: Sponichi 4/6/2016Nikkan Sports 4/7/2016

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HIR

[4/7/2016] Kris Johnson is the White Ranger

I am not sure if Kris Johnson is a fan of the Power Rangers, but according to articles posted at Chugoku Shimbun and Daily Sports, he and his wife Carly started calling each other White Ranger (Kris) and Pink Ranger (Carly).

Also, Johnson’s intro music at Mazda Stadium is the theme song for the White Ranger and he started using a white-based glove during practices.

Source: Chugoku Shimbun 4/1/2016Daily Sports 4/7/2016

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HIR

[4/6/2016] Seiya Suzuki gets the night off

Seiya Suzuki was not feeling well after Tuesday’s game. The coaches gave him the day off today as a precaution and expect him back tomorrow.

Source: Daily Sports 4/6/2016

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LOT

[4/6/2016] Yamaico Navarro could play in a Ni-gun game on April 12

Yamaico Navarro is slated to join the Ni-gun team on a full-time basis on April 9 and play in his first Ni-gun game on April 12. Navarro was caught traveling with live ammunition (unintentional) and was issued a 500,000 yen fine and a four-week suspension (effective the start of the regular season at Ichi-gun and Ni-gun). His Ichi-gun suspension is set to end on April 22.

Source: Sanspo 4/6/2016

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HAN

[4/6/2016] Shintaro Fujinami picks up first win at Tokyo Dome against Giants since 2013

Shintaro Fujinami won his start against the Yomiuri Giants on April 5 and snapped a six-game losing streak at Tokyo Dome (it was his first win at the stadium against the Giants since August 4, 2013).

Against the Yomiuri Giants

Situation G W L ERA
Regular Season 14 4 7 2.71
at Tokyo Dome 8 2 6 3.40
Climax Series 2 1 0 1.38
Total 16 5 7 2.56

Source: Sanspo 4/6/2016

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
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
G W L T
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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