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.
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
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.
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 2012.2 Comments
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.One Comment
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 4/6/20160 Comments
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 4/6/20160 Comments
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
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Source: Sanspo 4/6/2016One Comment