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[11/21/2014] 2014 Sapporo Dome MVP goes to Dai-Kang Yoh

by on Nov.21, 2014 @ 3:40 pm, under NPB
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Sapporo Dome announced today that Dai-Kang Yoh was selected by fans as this year's Sapporo Dome MVP. Yoh also won the award last year.

Yoh recorded thirteen home runs and thirty-eight RBI at Sapporo Dome this past season. Fans selected him on 1,114 ballots out of 2,648.

In addition to Yoh, Sapporo Dome also announced two winners of the Sapporo Dome Merit Award: Atsunori Inaba and Makoto Kaneko. The two players, now retired, were recognized for their accomplishments at Sapporo Dome over their careers.

Source: official announcement

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[9/26/2014] Injury Report: Dai-Kang Yoh (Nippon Ham), Shoichi Ino (Yokohama)

by on Sep.27, 2014 @ 3:45 am, under NPB
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Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Shoichi Ino left Friday's game against Yomiuri with discomfort in his right elbow -- he was removed after throwing one pitch to Yoshiyuki Kamei in the 6th inning. He will be examined at a hospital in Yokohama on Saturday. Source: Daily Sports 9/26/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/26/2014
  • Tony Blanco's season likely ended on Thursday when he suffered another injury to the back of his right thigh while running the bases in the 6th inning against the Hanshin Tigers. Source: Sports Hochi 9/26/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Dai-Kang Yoh suffered a minor bruise on his right shoulder when he banged off the outfield wall while attempting to catch a ball in the 7th inning of Friday's game against the Chiba Lotte Marines. He was removed from the game after the play and is considered day-to-day. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/26/2014
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[9/17/2014] Injury Report: Dai-Kang Yoh, Kensuke Kondo (Nippon Ham)

by on Sep.18, 2014 @ 5:22 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Ryosuke Ogata had surgery to clean out his right knee on Tuesday. Ogata twisted his knee while playing defense in a Ni-gun intra-squad game on the 12th. He will begin his rehab at the Naruohama facilities after he gets the green light. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/17/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Dai-Kang Yoh fouled a ball off the top of his left foot during his at bat in the 1st inning of Wednesday's game against the Seibu Lions. He was removed from the game after he finished out the at bat with a home run. He was examined at a hospital in Saitama and diagnosed with a bruise. Source: Sponichi 9/17/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/17/2014
  • Kensuke Kondo took a batted ball off his right calf during pre-game fielding practice on Tuesday. He was examined at a hospital on Wednesday and taken off the active roster with a contusion on his gastrocnemius muscle. He will get two to three days of rest before beginning his rehab at the Ni-gun facilities in Kamagaya. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/17/2014
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[7/2/2014] Injury Report: Tsuyoshi Nishioka (Hanshin), Yuniesky Betancourt (Orix)

by on Jul.03, 2014 @ 3:32 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka missed his second straight game on Wednesday with tightness in his right elbow.  The Tigers are taking it easy with Nishioka because he had elbow problems (inflammation) during spring camp.  He might undergo an evaluation at a hospital if his condition does not improve. Source: Sponichi 7/2/2014
  • 1st round draft pick Yuta Iwasada (left elbow) started a Ni-gun rehab game against Chunichi on Wednesday.  He pitched three innings and gave up one run on two hits.  He also struck out three and hit 142km/h on the radar gun. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/2/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • Zach Lutz still has some pain in the right forearm he took an HBP off of on June 29.  He did not play on Tuesday, but did return to the starting line-up on Wednesday. Source: Sponichi 7/2/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Hideto Asamura (left knee) could make it back to the active roster in time for the Orix series that begins on July 11 at Seibu Dome.  Depending on his condition, he could skip over the rehab games and be used off the bench until he is ready to play everyday. Source: Sports Hochi 7/2/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Yuniesky Betancourt will be returning to the United States to get a second opinion on his right big toe from his doctor in Miami, Florida.  He started complaining about pain in the toe about a month ago and was diagnosed with bursitis.  The Buffaloes are not sure when Betancourt will be able to return since he might need surgery. Source: Sanspo 7/2/2014, Daily Sports 7/2/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Dai-Kang Yoh (left knee) played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Yomiuri on Wednesday.  He entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the 8th, hit a single to center, and was replaced by a pinch-runner.  It was his first game since June 9. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/2/2014
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[6/24/2014] Injury Report: Yoshihisa Naruse (Lotte), Kodai Senga (Softbank)

by on Jun.25, 2014 @ 12:01 am, under NPB
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Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Yoshihisa Naruse will be taken off the active roster with pain in his left shoulder. Source: Sponichi 6/24/2014 ... Naruse felt the pain while pitching on Monday.  The shoulder was not feeling any better when he tried to played catch during practices on Tuesday. Source: Sports Hochi 6/24/2014 ... "I thought [maybe I could pitch through it], but it felt no better today when I tried playing catch.  I reported [the pain] because I thought this could become a burden if I kept quiet.  This is frustrating, but I would like to get better so I can support the team," Naruse said. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/24/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Seiichi Uchikawa (right gluteus maximus) played in a Ni-gun practice game against Honda Kumamoto on Tuesday.  He was the starting designated hitter and batted third.  He went 0-for-3.  He will play in another Ni-gun game on Wednesday and could return to the active roster in time for the Seibu series that begins on the 27th. Source: Sponichi 6/24/2014 ... Uchikawa told reporters his right gluteus maximus was at about eighty percent. Source: Sports Hochi 6/24/2014 ... Uchikawa struck out swinging in his first at bat, grounded out to short in his second, and flied out to center in his third. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/24/2014
  • Kodai Senga (right shoulder) was trying to make it back to the active roster on the 27th, but might end up missing more time. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/24/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Atsunori Inaba (left knee) played in his first Ni-gun rehab game on Tuesday against Yokohama.  He was the starting designated hitter and batted third.  He went 1-for-2: strikeout looking, single to center.  He was replaced by a pinch-runner in the 3rd. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/24/2014
  • Dai-Kang Yoh (left knee) could play in his first Ni-gun rehab game on July 1 against Yomiuri at Kamagaya.  He suffered a laceration on his left knee during a game on the 9th that required eleven stitches.  Eight of stitches were removed on the 21st.  There were left in place because the cut was not fully healed. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/24/2014
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[6/20/2014] Injury Report: Dai-Kang Yoh (Nippon Ham), Seiichi Uchikawa (Softbank)

by on Jun.21, 2014 @ 12:11 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Seiichi Uchikawa (right buttock) was re-evaluated at a hospital in Saitama on Wednesday.  He provided team officials with an update on his progress during a meeting at Jingu Stadium on Thursday.  He could return to the active roster when the regular season resumes on the 27th. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/20/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Eiichi Koyano (right knee) played in his third straight Ni-gun rehab game on Thursday.  He was the starting designated hitter and batted third.  He went 0-for-1 with a walk.  If he is feeling okay, he will begin playing the field during Saturday's Ni-gun game against Yakult.  Assuming no problems after that, he could return to the active roster when the regular season resumes on the 27th. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/20/2014
  • Dai-Kang Yoh (left knee) may not be able to return to the active roster before the end of Inter-league play.  There were plans to remove stitches from his left knee on Thursday, but they were pushed back to the 21st because his wound was not fully healed.  The Fighters play their last two Inter-league games on the 24th and 25th.  There may not be enough time for Yoh to get himself ready for that last series. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/20/2014
  • The Fighters do not want to take any chances and will not think twice about pulling Shohei Otani whenever he develops a cramp in his leg.  Otani was pulled from his start on Wednesday because of a cramp in his right calf.  It was the second time in as many starts he had to be removed from a game early because of a cramp.  He will most likely start Saturday's game on the bench. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/20/2014
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[6/10/2014] Injury Report: Dai-Kang Yoh (Nippon Ham), Hayato Sakamoto (Yomiuri)

by on Jun.11, 2014 @ 12:42 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hirokazu Sawamura (right shoulder) started a Ni-gun game against Nippon Ham on Tuesday.  He gave up a run on four hits over seven innings of work.  He threw eighty-nine pitches and topped out at 150km/h.  He is scheduled to make another Ni-gun start on the 17th against Seibu. Source: Sanspo 6/10/2014 ... The one run he allowed was on a solo home run by Ryo Ishikawa in the 2nd inning. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/10/2014
  • Hayato Sakamoto was left out of the starting line-up on Monday because he was having some problems with his right ankle.  He did make it into the game as a pinch-hitter in the 6th because he can swing the bat, but has difficulty on defense.  He is considered day-to-day. Source: Sports Hochi 6/10/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Akihito Fujii (right foot) joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts on Tuesday. Source: Sports Hochi 6/10/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Dai-Kang Yoh was taken off the active roster on Tuesday because of a laceration he suffered during Monday's game against Chunichi.  Eleven stitches were required to close the cut.  He was reexamined at a hospital in Sapporo on Tuesday.  The stitches are set to come out in ten days.  He will resume workouts as soon as he is ready. Source: Sponichi 6/10/2014, Daily Sports 6/10/2014
  • Shohei Otani tossed a bullpen session on Monday for the first time after he sprained in left ankle.  He told reporters the ankle was fine.  He is still slated to start Wednesday's (6/11) game against the Yomiuri Giants. Source: Sanspo 6/10/2014 ... Otani threw fifty-one pitches in the bullpen on Monday. Source: Sports Hochi 6/10/2014
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[6/9/2014] Injury Report: Dai-Kang Yoh suffers laceration on left knee

by on Jun.10, 2014 @ 12:49 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Kazunari Tsuruoka resumed outdoor batting practice at Naruohama on Sunday.  He swung the bat thirty-two times against Hirokazu Shiranita and recorded twelve could-be hits. Source: Sanspo 6/9/2014

Rakuten Eagles

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions announced on Sunday that Cody Ransom will return to Japan on Monday.  He went back to the United States for additional tests on his left hand. Source: Sanpso 6/9/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Dai-Kang Yoh suffered a laceration on his left knee during Monday's game against Chunichi.  The incident occurred in the 5th inning when Keiij Obiki hit a grounder to third with the bases loaded and no out.  Yoh was on third and ran toward home plate.  As he attempted to slide into the plate, his leg came into contact with catcher Masato Matsui's cleats.  He was removed from the game as a precaution and taken to the hospital in Nagoya for treatment.  Eleven stitches were required to close the laceration. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/9/2014
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[4/23/2014] Injury Report: Kila Ka’aihue (Hiroshima), Takeya Nakamura (Seibu)

by on Apr.24, 2014 @ 12:58 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • 5th round draft pick Shoya Yamamoto has tightness in his back. Source: Sanspo 4/23/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kila Ka'aihue was taken off the active roster on Wednesday with a spinal concussion (he took an HBP off his back on Tuesday).  The injury does not appear to be serious, but will also take more than three or four days.  Rainel Rosario was called up to take Ka'aihue spot on the roster. Source: Sponichi 4/23/2014, Daily Sports 4/23/2014 ... The numbness Ka'aihue first had in his leg is now gone.  He still has pain in spine.  He also feels pain when he twists his back. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/23/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Takeya Nakamura (back tightness) played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Yakult on Wednesday.  He got the start at first and batted clean-up.  He homered in his second straight game and went 1-for-2 with two walks.  He could be activated in time for the start of a Softbank series that begins on the 25th at YafuOku Dome. Source: Sports Hochi 4/23/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Dai-Kang Yoh may have hurt his right shoulder while trying to evade a tag at first base after hitting a grounder in the 5th inning of Tuesday's game against Softbank.  He was removed from the game on defense in the 6th. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/23/2014 ... Yoh was not in the starting line-up on Wednesday because of pain in the shoulder.  He did make an appearance as a pinch-hitter. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/23/2014
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[12/4/2013] Yomiuri’s Murata, Nippon Hams’ Yoh get extensions; Kishi, Kanamori sign Ikusei contracts with Lotte

by on Dec.04, 2013 @ 10:36 pm, under NPB
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Shuichi Murata finished the final year of a two-year deal this past season.  The Yomiuri Giants signed Murata to a three-year extension worth a total one billion yen (includes incentives).  He made 220 million this year.

Source: Sponichi 12/4/2013

[UPDATE 12/5 @ 2:10pm]

Murata will make 300 million yen next year, up sixty million from this year.  That would put his 2013 salary at 240 million yen.

Source: Sponichi 12/5/2013

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Dai-Kang Yoh signed a two-year extension with the Nippon Ham Fighters.  The contract is worth an estimated 400 million yen.  His salary next season will be 180 million yen, up eighty-eight million from this year.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/4/2013

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The Chiba Lotte Marines announced today that they signed former Yomiuri Keisuke Kishi (26) and former Nippon Ham Takayuki Kanamori (28) to Ikusei contracts.  Both deals are worth an estimated four million yen.  Kishi was assigned the number 121 and Kanamori 210.

Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 12/4/2013

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