Category: NPB

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[4/6/2016] Shun Takayama notches second four-hit game of the season

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…

  • the first rookie to record four hits against the Giants since Tomochika Tsuboi in 1998
  • the first rookie in franchise history to record two four-hit games in one season since the start of the draft in 1966

Source: Sponichi 4/6/2016, Sports Hochi 4/6/2016, Sanspo 4/6/2016

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YAK

[4/6/2016] Yoshihisa Naruse serves up a grand slam for the first time in his career

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.

Home Run Breakdown

Runners on Base Home Runs
none on 96
one on 47
two on 12
bases loaded 1

Source: Sponichi 4/6/2016

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SEI

[4/6/2016] Kishi records third shutout with one or fewer hits

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.

Date Opponent Venue Score IP BF H BB SO
2010/04/06 Orix Seibu Dome 3-0 9.0 29 1 0 7
2014/05/02 Lotte QVC Marine 2-0 9.0 28 0 1 8
2016/04/05 Nippon Ham Seibu Prince Dome 10-0 9.0 29 1 2 4

Source: Sanspo 4/6/2016

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[4/5/2016] Yakult might be without a home stadium in 2020

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.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/5/2016, Sports Hochi 4/5/2016

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[4/5/2016] Inter-league play will continue for at least two more years

A board of directors meeting took place on April 4. Among topics discussed:

  • Inter-league play will continue in 2017 and 2018 under the current format – eighteen games per team a season
  • The twelve NPB teams agreed to participate in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. The NPB checked in with the Japan Professional Baseball Players Association on March 31.

Source: Sponichi 4/5/2016

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SOF

[4/5/2016] Hawks to take Barbaro Canizares off the active roster

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 4/5/2016

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ORI

[4/5/2016] Orix considering Takayuki Tsukada for the active roster

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.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/5/2016, Daily Sports 4/5/2016

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HAM

[4/5/2016] Otani: one game as a pitcher, three as a position player per week

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.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/5/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/5/2016

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YOM HAN

[4/5/2016] Sanspo Data: Hanshin Tigers vs Yomiuri Giants

Sanspo posted the following bits of information regarding the Hanshin Tigers and Yomiuri Giants.

  • The Giants lead the Tigers 1015-787-67. The Tigers were 85-84-3 against the Giants during the single-league years. The two teams are even (40-40-3) during the first match-up of the season.
  • The Giants have won the pennant forty-five times, Hanshin nine times. The two teams finished in the top two spots in the standings twenty-two times in the past with the Giants winning nineteen pennants and Hanshin three. Since the two-league format in 1950, the two teams have finished in the top two fifteen times with the Giants winning all fifteen.
  • Rookie manager match-ups: the Giants and Tigers have fielded rookie managers in the same year two other times in the past. 1975: Yoshio Yoshida for Hanshin with a third place finish and Shigeo Nagashima for Yomiuri with a sixth place finish, Hanshin won the season series 16-9-1. 2004: Akinobu Okada for Hanshin with a fourth place finish and Tsuneo Horiuchi for Yomiuri with a third place finish, Hanshin won the season series 17-10-1.

Source: Sanspo 4/5/2016

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RAK

[4/5/2016] Okoye to get more playing time at Ni-gun while staying on the active roster

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.

Source: Sanspo 4/5/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/5/2016, Daily Sports 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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