Saitama Seibu Lions (埼玉西武ライオンズ)
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[7/20/2018] Fabio Castillo taken off active roster with elbow tightness

Fabio Castillo was taken off the active roster on July 20 with tightness in his right elbow. His schedule will be determined after a visit to the hospital. Castillo felt some tightness and pain during his last outing before the All-Star break and expressed some concern about the elbow during the recent Softbank series at YafuOku Dome.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/20/2018, Sports Hochi 7/20/2018, Sanspo 7/20/2018

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[7/19/2018] Seibu Lions acquire Ryuya Ogawa in trade

Seibu Lions announced today that they acquired twenty-six-year-old Ryuya Ogawa in a trade with the Chunichi Dragons for cash considerations.

Source: Seibu 7/19/2018, Chunichi 7/19/2018, Sanspo 7/19/2018, Daily Sports 7/19/2018, Sponichi 7/19/2018

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Tatsuya Imai: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

June 14 vs Yakult at MetLife Dome – Imai made his Ichi-gun debut and recorded a victory (six innings, 112 pitches, five hits, one run, topped out at 152km/h). He is the seventh player in Lions history to record a win in his first game, first since Kazuyuki Hoashi on March 27, 2001. He is the first starter since Daisuke Matsuzaka on April 7, 1999.

Imai is also the seventh Koshien Champion since 1950 to record a win in his first game, first since Yuki Saito and Yuya Fukui in 2011; and fifth Koshien Champion out of high school since Daisuke Matsuzaka in 1999.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/14/2018, Tokyo Sports 6/14/2018, Sponichi 6/14/2018

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Ichiro Tamura: Did You Know

Family

Tamura told the media on June 12, 2018 that he filed marriage papers with an older woman from Saitama earlier in the day.

Source: Seibu 6/12/2018, Sports Hochi 6/12/2018, Sponichi 6/12/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/12/2018

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[5/31/2018] Hideto Asamura earns domestic free agent option

Twenty-seven-year-old Hideto Asamura earned his domestic free agent option on May 31 with eight years of service time on the active roster.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/31/2018, Sanspo 5/31/2018, Sports Hochi 5/31/2018

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Kazuki Kaneko: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

May 22 vs Softbank at YafuOku Dome – Kaneko entered the game in the seventh inning as a pinch-hitter and struck out swinging against Ren Kajiya. He led off the ninth inning with the first hit of his career: a home run to left off Yuito Mori (second game, second plate appearance).

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/22/2018, Sanspo 5/22/2018

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[5/10/2018] Seibu Lions to acquire Deunte Heath

The Seibu Lions announced today that they reached an agreement on a transfer for thirty-two-year-old pitcher Deunte Heath with the BC League’s Toyama GRN Thunderbirds. The former Hiroshima Carp was 1-0 with four saves and a 0.00 ERA over 9.0 innings in seven games for Toyama this year. He faced thirty-two hitters, allowed three hits, walked two, and struck out fourteen.

Source: Seibu 5/10/2018, Daily Sports 5/10/2018, Sponichi 5/10/2018, Tokyo Sports 5/10/2018, Sports Hochi 5/10/2018

[UPDATE 5/16 @ 3:01am]

The Lions held a press conference for Heath on May 15. He was assigned the uniform number 68. According to media reports, he agreed to a salary worth 175,000 US dollars plus incentives. He is scheduled to join the Ichi-gun team on May 16.

Source: Seibu 5/15/2018, Sanspo 5/15/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/15/2018, Sponichi 5/15/2018

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[5/6/2018] Yusei Kikuchi taken off active roster with tight shoulder

Yusei Kikuchi was taken off the active roster on May 6 because of tightness in his left shoulder. The condition is not new (may have originated with neck pain from sleeping wrong back in March 14) and is also not considered serious (no pain, just tightness). He will be examined at a hospital as a precaution.

Kikuchi threw 104 pitches and allowed five runs over six innings during his last start on May 4. The Seibu Lions decided to take Kikuchi off the active roster after confirming the condition of his shoulder the following day on May 5.

Source: Sponichi 5/6/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/6/2018, Sanspo 5/6/2018, Sports Hochi 5/6/2018, Daily Sports 5/6/2018

[UPDATE 5/10 @ 3:59am]

Kikuchi was examined at a hospital in Tokyo on May 8 and diagnosed with decreased functionality in his shoulder. He will spend some time strengthening his shoulder and ultimately hopes to make it back to Ichi-gun in two to three weeks.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/9/2018, Sports Hochi 5/9/2018, Sanspo 5/9/2018

[UPDATE 5/26 @ 7:38am]

Kikuchi pitched in a Ni-gun game against Yakult on May 25. He allowed three runs (none earned) on four hits over two innings of work. He threw forty-seven pitches, struck out four, and topped out at 154km/h.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/25/2018, Sports Hochi 5/26/2018

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Takumi Kuriyama: Did You Know

2018

April 30 vs Rakuten at MetLife Dome – Kuriyama hit a double off Takahide Ikeda in the fourth inning and set a new Lions’ franchise record with his 309th career double. The previous record of 308 was held by Hiromichi Ishige

Source: Sanspo 4/30/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/30/2018

June 7 vs Yokohama at Yokohama Stadium – Kuriyama played in his 300th career Inter-league game. He joined Takashi Toritani and Takahiro Arai as the only players in NPB history to play in 300 Inter-league games.

Source: Daily Sports 6/8/2018, Sponichi 6/8/2018

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[4/26/2018] Seibu nine or more in five straight, Yomiuri first twenty run game since 1955

The Seibu Lions set a Pacific League record on April 25 by scoring nine or more runs in their fifth straight game. From April 18: nine, nine, nine, eleven, twelve. The Hanshin Tigers are the only other team in NPB history to score nine or more runs in five consecutive games (2005, from April 2 to 7).

Source: Sponichi 4/26/2018, Sponichi 4/25/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/26/2018

The Yomiuri Giants beat the Chunichi Dragons 20-4 on April 25. For the Giants, it was the tenth time they scored twenty or more runs in a game in franchise history, first since they recorded twenty-five runs against Hiroshima on June 22, 1955. For the Dragons, it was the first time they allowed twenty or more runs in a game since they gave up twenty runs against Yakult on May 3, 2004.

Source: Daily Sports 4/25/2018, Sponichi 4/25/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/26/2018, ZakZak 4/26/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/25/2018, Sponichi 4/25/2018

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