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[4/27/2015] Fresh All-Star Game to take place at Muscat Stadium on July 16

by on Apr.27, 2015 @ 4:02 pm, under NPB

The NPB announced additional details for the 2015 Fresh All-Star Game.

  • Location: Muscat Stadium in Kurashiki, Okayama
  • Date: July 16 (Thursday) at 18:00
  • Make-up: July 17 (Friday) at 13:00
  • Dugouts: Western League first base side, Eastern League third base side
  • Home Team: Western League
  • Preliminary Rosters: May 11 (Monday)
  • Official Rosters: July 3 (Friday)
  • Starting Players: July 15 (Wednesday)
  • Tickets (official link):
    • Lawson Ticket Pre-Request Advance Tickets: from April 28 (Tuesday) at 10:00am until May 10 (Sunday) at 18:00
    • Regular Tickets: from May 11 (Monday) at 10:00am

Source: official announcement, official website

[4/27/2015] Nippon Ham Fighters to hold 2016 spring camp in Arizona

by on Apr.27, 2015 @ 1:21 pm, under NPB

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced plans to hold Ichi-gun spring camp in Arizona next year. They will be using facilities located in Peoria, Arizona (Peoria Sports Complex, San Diego Padres) for about two weeks beginning on February 1. They will then return to Japan and finish the month in Nago, Okinawa. A detailed schedule will be released at a later date. This will be first time the Fighters hold spring camp overseas in the United States since 1986 (Delray Beach, Florida) and 1987 (Sarasota, Florida).

Ni-gun camp will remain in Kunigami, Okinawa.

Source: official announcement

[4/26/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Yakult Swallows

by on Apr.27, 2015 @ 5:28 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Ni-gun game against Hanshin on April 26: Juan Francisco made his debut. He got the start at first and batted third. He went 1-for-2: walk with a runner on second and one out in the 1st; single to left with a runner on first and one out in the 3rd; ground out to second with a runner on first and no out in the 5th. He left on defense in the 6th. Source: Sanspo 4/26/2015, Sponichi 4/26/2015
  • Hayato Takagi became the first rookie in franchise history to start the season with a four-game winning streak since Norihito Kaneto in 2007. Source: Sponichi 4/26/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Masanori Ishikawa tossed a 5-0 shutout against Yomiuri on April 25. At the age of thirty-five years and three months, he joined Toshio Kanbe as the only pitchers in franchise history to record a shutout at thirty-five years and three months or older. Kanbe recorded shutouts on September 1, 1979 at thirty-six years and five months and on September 14, 1980 at thirty-seven years and five months. Source: Sanspo 4/26/2015

[4/26/2015] Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions

by on Apr.27, 2015 @ 5:23 am, under NPB
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Orix Buffaloes

  • Eiichi Koyano became the 278th player in NPB history to reach the 1,000 hit milestone on April 26. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/26/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Dai-Kang Yoh and Shota Ono are set to re-join the Ichi-gun team on April 28. Atsushi Kita and Satoshi Nakajima will be taken off the active roster to make room for Yoh and Ono. Source: Sanspo 4/26/2015, Sponichi 4/26/2015
  • Shohei Otani won his fifth straight game from the start of the season on April 26. He is the first pitcher in franchise history to accomplish the feat since Yukihiro Nishizaki started the 1989 season with victories in his first five games of the season. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/26/2015
  • The Fighters could end up moving away Nago, Okinawa for their spring camp location because of the condition of the facilities. The organization has discussed renovations with the city of Nago, but talks have not led to any significant developments in the immediate future. Arizona is being considered as a possible location for spring camp next year. The team could still use the Nago facilities for the tail end of February. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/26/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/26/2015, Sponichi 4/26/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Dae-Eun Rhee became the first foreign pitcher to start his first season with a four-game winning streak since Jorge Sosa started his first season with a five-game winning streak in 2012. Rhee joined Leo Kiely (1953) and Bill Murphy (2010) as the only foreign pitchers in franchise history to start their first seasons with at least a four-game winning streak. Kiely and Murphy started their seasons with six-game winning streaks. Source: Sponichi 4/26/2015

Seibu Lions

  • Ni-gun game against Yokohama on April 26: second round draft pick Yasuo Sano started the game and gave up a run over six innings of work. He faced twenty-two hitters, allowed three hits, walked three, and struck out four. He surrendered a solo home run to Shotaro Ide in the 4th. Source: Sponichi 4/26/2015

NPB: Roster Changes for 4/26/2015

by on Apr.26, 2015 @ 6:16 pm, under NPB, Roster Updates

Central League Updates

Added to the Active Roster

Team Pos Uni Name JPN Name ENG
HAN OF 25 江越 大賀 Egoshi, Taiga
YAK P 70 八木 亮祐 Yagi, Ryosuke

Removed from the Active Roster

Team Pos Uni Name JPN Name ENG
HAN INF 58 荒木 郁也 Araki, Fumiya

Pacific League Updates

Added to the Active Roster

Team Pos Uni Name JPN Name ENG
RAK P 50 入野 貴大 Irino, Takahiro
RAK P 99 今野 龍太 Konno, Ryuta

Removed from the Active Roster

Team Pos Uni Name JPN Name ENG
RAK P 17 長谷部 康平 Hasebe, Kohei
RAK P 45 川井 貴志 Kawai, Takashi


* Players removed from the active roster today will be eligible to return on May 6.

Chiba Lotte Marines 1 – Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 7 (April 26, 2015)

by on Apr.26, 2015 @ 8:32 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Chiba Lotte Marines vs Rakuten Eagles @ kobo Stadium - 13:00
Starters: Omine, Yuta (LOT) 0-0, 0.00 - Tomura, Kenji (RAK) 1-1, 3.66

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Lotte 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 6 2
Rakuten 1 0 0 0 1 1 4 0 X 7 11 0

Attendance: 21197 | Time: 2h39m | Rakuten leads series, 3-2-0

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Orix Buffaloes 1 – Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 3 (April 26, 2015)

by on Apr.26, 2015 @ 8:32 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Orix Buffaloes vs Nippon Ham Fighters @ Sapporo Dome - 13:00
Starters: Matsuba, Takahiro (ORI) 1-2, 4.60 - Otani, Shohei (HAM) 4-0, 0.94

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Orix 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 0
Nippon Ham 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 X 3 9 0

Attendance: 28500 | Time: 2h56m | Nippon Ham leads series, 5-1-0

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