Shun Takayama notched his second four-hit game of the year on April 5 against the Yomiuri Giants. His first four-hit game came on March 31 against the Yakult Swallows. Takayama is…
Yoshihisa Naruse has given up 156 home runs over his career. The 156th home run he allowed was a grand slam to Tsubasa Aizawa on April 5. It was the first grand slam he surrendered in his career.
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Source: Sponichi 4/6/20160 Comments
Takayuki Kishi joined Tsutomu Tanaka (no hitter in 1966, one hitters in 1965 and 1967) and Tadao Wako (no hitter in 1967, one hitters in 1960 and 1962) as the only pitchers in franchise history to record three shutouts while allowing one or fewer hits.
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Source: Sanspo 4/6/20160 Comments
The media learned on April 4 that the Olympic Organizing Committee would like to close Jingu Stadium for half a year beginning in May 2020. The committee wants to shut the stadium down for security and operation purposes. However, the stadium fields over 400 baseball games a year, split between professional (Yakult Swallows) and amateur leagues (Tokyo Big 6 League, Tohto University League, and the Tokyo High School Baseball Federation). If the request is accepted, about 200 baseball games will have to be moved to another venue.0 Comments
A board of directors meeting took place on April 4. Among topics discussed:
Source: Sponichi 4/5/20160 Comments
The Softbank Hawks are planning to take Barbaro Canizares off the active roster on April 6 because of his struggles at the plate. In eight Ichi-gun games, Canizares went 5-for-26 with eight strikeouts, one walk, and two RBI.
Source: Nikkan Sports 4/5/20160 Comments
The Orix Buffaloes are thinking about adding Ikusei pitcher Takayuki Tsukada to the active roster as a left-handed arm to help bolster the bullpen. Through April 4, Tsukada was 0-2 with a save and a 1.74 ERA in ten appearances at Ni-gun.0 Comments
Shohei Otani’s next start will most likely come on seven days of rest on April 9 instead of six days of rest. This could be the start of a regular schedule of playing in one game as a pitcher (Saturdays) and three games as a position player per week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday). He was given the opportunity to play in games as a pitcher and position player on one day of rest last week (position player on March 30, pitcher on April 1, position player on April 3) and Hideki Kuriyama believes it would be best for Otani to get two days of rest after his starts as a pitcher instead of two days of preparation before starts as a pitcher.0 Comments
Sanspo posted the following bits of information regarding the Hanshin Tigers and Yomiuri Giants.
Source: Sanspo 4/5/20160 Comments
First round draft pick Louis Okoye will remain at Ichi-gun for the time being. However, Masataka Nashida wants to give him more playing time and is planning to assign him to some Ni-gun games as well. For example, Okoye could play in an afternoon Ni-gun game against Yakult at Rifu on April 13 and play in an Ichi-gun game against Lotte at kobo Stadium later in the same day.0 Comments