Masayuki Kuwahara hit for the cycle during Friday night’s game against the Hanshin Tigers at Yokohama Stadium. He became the sixty-seventh player (accomplished seventy-two times) in NPB history, thirty-fourth (accomplished thirty-seven times) in Central League history, and seventh (accomplished nine times) in Yokohama history, first since Boi Rodriguez on July 27, 2002, to achieve the feat. Kuwahara joined Sachio Kinugasa (July 7, 1976), Akinobu Mayumi (May 20, 1979), Rainel Rosario (September 2, 2014), and Yohei Oshima (July 20, 2016) as the only players in NPB history to record a lead-off home run in the first inning while hitting for the cycle.
Softbank’s Yuki Yanagita (April 21) and Yakult’s Tetsuto Yamada (July 9) have also hit for the cycle this year.0 Comments
The Yokohama Bay Stars announced that they entered into a strategic partnership with the Australian Baseball League’s Canberra Cavalry. The partnership will allow the Bay Stars to send players and staff to gain experience with Canberra during the 2018-2019 season (or NPB’s off season). The partnership should also allow the Bay Stars to explore other opportunities to improve their organization.One Comment
The Orix Buffaloes and Yokohama Bay Stars announced today that they agreed on a two-for-two player trade. Orix will send twenty-nine-year-old catcher Hikaru Ito and twenty-seven-year-old pitcher Ken Akama to Yokohama for twenty-seven-year-old catcher Shuto Takajo and twenty-five-year-old infielder Hiroyuki Shirasaki.
The Buffaloes also released uniform numbers for their newest additions: Takajo number 22 and Shirasaki number 2.One Comment
Yamato sat out yesterday’s game against the Yomiuri Giants at Tokyo Dome because of tightness in his back (or pain in his left side). He was taken off the active roster today after discussing his condition with team staff. The Yokohama Bay Stars are hoping Yamato will be able to return in the minimum ten days.
Source: Sports Hochi 7/5/20180 Comments
The Yokohama Bay Stars announced they reached an agreement with Yuhei Nakaushiro on July 4. They held a press conference earlier today to introduce him to the media. He was assigned the uniform number 91. According to media reports, the two sides agreed on a deal worth an estimated five million yen.
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The Yokohama Bay Stars reached one million in attendance during their thirty-sixth home game of the year on July 1 and set a new franchise record. The previous record of thirty-seven home games was set last season.0 Comments
Jose Lopez tweaked his right hamstring while running the bases in the fourth inning of a game against the Hiroshima Carp on June 30. He was taken off the active roster today with discomfort in hamstring. The Bay Stars feel he should be able to return in the minimum ten days.0 Comments
July 1 vs Ni-gun Nippon Ham at Yokosuka – Ino became the twenty-third pitcher (accomplished twenty-four times) in Eastern League history to toss a no-hitter. He carried a perfect game through five full innings.0 Comments
June 29 vs Hiroshima at Yokohama Stadium – Sano notched the first walk-off hit of his career. With the score tied at three and runners on first and second and one out, Sano hit a pinch-hit walk-off double to right off Makoto Aduwa.
Source: Nikkan Sports 6/29/20180 Comments
The Yokohama Bay Stars are interested in twenty-eight-year-old pitcher Yuhei Nakaushiro. They want a chance to see him live and are planning to evaluate him during a private tryout.
[UPDATE 6/28 @ 11:12am]
Nakaushiro has been participating in Ni-gun practices at Bay Stars Stadium in Yokosuka, Kanagawa since June 26. He threw twenty-five pitches in the bullpen on June 27.
[UPDATE 6/29 @ 10:29pm]
Nakaushiro tossed batting practice to Hyuma Matsui, Toi Kamei and Taishi Kusumoto on June 29. He faced seven batters, threw nineteen pitches, allowed one could-be hit, recorded four infield grounders, struck out two, and topped out at 144km/h.
[UPDATE 6/29 @ 11:31pm]
The Bay Stars are planning to make Nakaushiro an offer. He still has to pass his physical.
Source: Sponichi 6/29/20180 Comments