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[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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SOF

[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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CHU

[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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ORI

[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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HAM

[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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LOT

[4/3/2016] Taiga Hirasawa hits first Ni-gun home run

Taiga Hirasawa recorded his first Ni-gun home run on April 3 against Rakuten. He led off the fourth inning with a blast to left off Kenny Ray.

Source: Daily Sports 4/3/2016

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SOF

[4/3/2016] Keizo Kawashima gets hurt while covering second

Keizo Kawashima took a hard slide from Kensuke Tanaka while playing second base in the sixth inning against Nippon Ham on April 3. He was replaced on defense after the play and taken to a hospital. He was diagnosed with a bruise on his lower right leg. The Softbank Hawks are planning to file a complain with the Pacific League for a slide they feel umpires should have questioned.

Source: Daily Sports 4/3/2016, Tokyo Sports 4/3/2016, Sponichi 4/3/2016

[UPDATE 4/4 @ 10:08pm]

Kawashima was taken off the active roster on April 4. The bruise on his right leg was apparently pretty bad because he needed crutches to get around on April 3.

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

[UPDATE 4/5 @ 9:43pm]

The media learned today that Kawashima not only suffered a bruise on his leg, but also damage to the anterior talofibular ligament and calcaneofibular ligament. He will need to keep his right ankle immobile for about three weeks. There is no timetable on how long it will take for a full recovery.

Source: Chunichi 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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