Category: NPB

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[4/5/2016] Ryota Igarashi records 141st hold

Ryota Igarashi recorded his 141st career hold on April 5 and moved into a fourth place tie on the all-time list.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/5/2016

Name JPN Name ENG Holds Activity Appearances
1 山口 鉄也 Yamaguchi, Tetsuya 254 2007-2016 566
2 浅尾 拓也 Asao, Takuya 199 2007-2015 402
3 宮西 尚生 Miyanishi, Naoki 193 2008-2015 465
4 ウィリアムス Williams, Jeff 141 2003-2009 371
5 五十嵐 亮太 Igarashi, Ryota 141 1999-2016 677
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[4/5/2016] Hirotaka Egusa earns domestic FA option

Hirotaka Egusa (35) earned his domestic FA option on April 5 with eight years of service time.

Source: Daily Sports 4/5/2016

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YAK

[4/5/2016] Kyle Davies out with pain back

Kyle Davies complained of back pains this morning and was later taken off the active roster. He was scratched from his start against Hiroshima on April 6.

Source: Daily Sports 4/5/2016

[UPDATE 4/6 @ 3:59am]

Tetsuya Terada is scheduled to get Davies start on April 6.

Source: Sanspo 4/5/2016

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LOT

[4/5/2016] Kakeru Narita makes Ni-gun debut

Third round draft pick Kakeru Narita made his Ni-gun debut on April 5. He started a game against the Futures and gave up a run on two hits over three innings.

Source: Chunichi Sports 4/5/2016

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[4/4/2016] Softbank Ni-gun manager Mizukami fined 50,000 yen

Softbank Ni-gun manager Yoshio Mizukami was ejected from a game against Orix on April 2 for arguing with an umpire. The NPB commissioner issued Mizukami a stern warning and a 50,000 yen fine.

Source: Chunichi Sports 4/4/2016, Sponichi 4/4/2016

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YOM

[4/4/2016] Hirokazu Sawamura: three wins in four days

Hirokazu Sawamura recorded three wins in four days (March 31 against Yokohama, April 1 and April 3 against Hiroshima. The last Yomiuri pitcher to accomplish the feat was Makoto Kurata in 1975 (May 5 against Chunichi and May 7-8 against Yakult).

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/4/2016

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[4/4/2016] Shinnosuke Ogasawara suffers first Ni-gun loss

First round draft pick Shinnosuke Ogasawara made his second start of the season at Ni-gun on April 3 and took the loss. He gave up five runs on four hits over 3.2 innings against Hiroshima. He threw eighty-six pitches.

Date Opponent Desc NP IP BF H BB HBP SO ER
2016/03/27 Softbank ND 66 3.1 15 2 3 0 4 0
2016/04/03 Hiroshima L 86 3.2 21 4 4 0 2 5

Source: Sponichi 4/4/2016

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[4/4/2016] Ryo Toda to spend the season with the Fukui

The Orix Buffaloes will send Ryo Toda to the BC League’s Fukui Miracle Elephants from April until the end of the season. His assignment could end after the first half of Fukui’s season depending on discussions between to the two organizations.

Source: Fukui announcement 4/4/2016

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HAN

[4/3/2016] Kyuji Fujikawa picks up first NPB win since 2012

Kyuji Fujikawa started a game against Yokohama on April 3 and picked up the win. He struggled with his control, but still tossed six shutout innings.

The victory was Fujikawa’s first in the NPB since July 14, 2012 and his first in the NPB as a starter since September 19, 2003.

Source: Daily Sports 4/3/2016

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[4/3/2016] Shohei Otani to be a spokesperson for Seiko watches

The media learned on April 3 that Shohei Otani will be a spokesperson for Seiko’s line of men’s watches.

Source: Daily Sports 4/3/2016

[UPDATE 4/5 @ 11:23pm]

Seiko President and CEO Shinji Hattori told reporters on April 4 that it would be nice if he could make a special limited edition Otani watch at some point in the future. He also said he would like the two-way player to aim for a twenty/twenty (home runs/wins) season this year.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/5/2016

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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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