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[10/5/2014] Nippon Ham Fighters: Shohei Otani tops 162km/h, ties NPB velocity record

by on Oct.05, 2014 @ 6:43 pm, under NPB
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Shohei Otani topped 162km/h in tonight's game against the Rakuten Eagles at Sapporo Dome.

The pitch came against lead-off hitter Ginji in the 1st inning. With the count 0-1, Otani threw a fastball that ticked 162km/h on the stadium radar gun and shattered Ginji's bat in half.

Otani also hit 162km/h twice against the second hitter, Aoi Enomoto. Of the fifteen pitches he threw in the 1st, eight were in the 160s.

While this was not the first time Otani hit 162 in an NPB game, he first hit topped the mark during Game 2 of the All-Star Series on July 19, it was the first time he did it during a regular season game.

Otani now holds the NPB velocity record for Japanese pitchers and is tied with Marc Kroon for top velocity for all NPB pitchers.

Source: Sponichi 10/5/2014

[8/3/2014] Nippon Ham Fighters: Otani hits 161km/h, ties regular season record for Japanese pitcher

by on Aug.03, 2014 @ 5:02 pm, under NPB
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Shohei Otani tied the regular season velocity record for a Japanese pitcher by hitting 161km/h on the radar gun during today's game against the Softbank Hawks at Sapporo Dome.

The pitch came against Dae-Ho Lee with runners on second and third and two out in the 7th inning.  It Otani's 128th pitch of the day.

Otani's day ended after the 7th inning.

Final line: 7.0 IP, 129 NP, 31 BF, 26 AB, 9 H, 0 HR, 7 SO, 3 BB, 1 WP, 2 R, 2 ER.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/3/2014, Daily Sports 8/3/2014, Sponichi 8/3/2014

[7/19/2014] Mazda All-Star Series 2014: Shohei Otani tops out at 162km/h

by on Jul.19, 2014 @ 9:41 pm, under NPB
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Shohei Otani's pitches from his one inning appearance in Game 2 of the All-Star Series at Koshien Stadium.

Takashi Toritani

2014 All-Star Game 2: Toritani vs Otani

Toritani vs Otani

  Pitch Velocity Result B S O
1 Fastball 161km/h strike looking 0 1 0
2 Fastball 162km/h foul 0 2 0
3 Fastball 159km/h foul 0 2 0
4 Fastball 160km/h hit - 1B7 0 2 0
         

Tetsuto Yamada

2014 All-Star Game 2: Yamada vs Otani

Yamada vs Otani


 
  Pitch Velocity Result B S O
1 Fastball 161km/h ball 1 0 0
2 Fastball 160km/h foul 1 1 0
3 Fastball 160km/h foul 1 2 0
4 Fastball 159km/h strikeout - Ks 1 3 1
         

Wladimir Balentien

2014 All-Star Game 2: Balentien vs Otani

2014 ASG2: Balentien vs Otani


 
  Pitch Velocity Result B S O
1 Fastball 160km/h ball 1 0 1
2 Fastball 158km/h strike swinging 1 1 1
3 Fastball 158km/h foul 1 2 1
4 Fastball 160km/h foul 1 2 1
5 Fastball 160km/h hit - 1B8 1 2 1
         

Matt Murton

2014 All-Star Game 2: Murton vs Otani

Murton vs Otani


 
  Pitch Velocity Result B S O
1 Fastball 161km/h ball 1 0 1
2 Fastball 159km/h foul 1 1 1
3 Slider 132km/h strike swinging 1 2 1
4 Fastball 161km/h ball 2 2 1
5 Fastball 159km/h foul 2 2 1
6 Slider 133km/h ball 3 2 1
7 Fastball 159km/h foul 3 2 1
8 Fastball 157km/h hit - 1B9 3 2 2
         

Shinnosuke Abe

2014 All-Star Game 2: Abe vs Otani

Abe vs Otani


 
  Pitch Velocity Result B S O
1 Fastball 162km/h ball 1 0 2
2 Fastball 159km/h ground out - G4 1 0 3
         

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Note: Images and pitch data taken from Yahoo Sports

[6/26/2014] Injury Report: Takeya Nakamura (Seibu), Shohei Otani (Nippon Ham)

by on Jun.27, 2014 @ 4:10 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka joined the Ichi-gun team for practices at Koshien on Thursday.  He took fielding practice at third and batted from both sides of the plate during batting practice. Source: Sports Hochi 6/26/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • Senichi Hoshino might step down as Pacific League All-Star manager so that he can focus on his recovery.  Hoshino recently had surgery to treat the ossification of thoracic yellow ligament and a herniated lumbar disc.  If the decision becomes official, Lotte's Tsutomu Ito could step in as an alternate. Source: Sanspo 6/26/2014 ... All-Star manager/coaching staff selections will formally be made on the 30th. Source: Sponichi 6/26/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Takeya Nakamura might not be able to play on the 27th because of right elbow discomfort. Source: Daily Sports 6/26/2014

Softbank Hawks

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani took a batted ball off his left wrist during his start against Yokohama on Wednesday.  He told reporters on Thursday the wrist felt fine. Source: Daily Sports 6/26/2014

[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

[6/19/2014] Injury Report: Ryuji Ichioka (Hiroshima), Shohei Otani (Nippon Ham)

by on Jun.20, 2014 @ 2:38 am, under NPB
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Hiroshima Carp

  • Ryuji Ichioka (right shoulder) started a throwing program on Tuesday.  He played catch at a distance of about twenty meters on Wednesday.  He told reporters he threw the ball at about sixty percent. Source: Tokyo Sports 6/19/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Kazuki Yoshimi pitched in a Ni-gun game against Softbank on Wednesday.  He was scheduled to go five innings, but left after three because of discomfort in the back of his right thigh.  He was examined at a hospital in Nagoya on Thursday.  Yoshimi visited Nagoya Stadium to provide team official with an update on his status.  He told reporters it was just a cramp. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/19/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani developed a cramp in his right calf during his second straight start on Wednesday.  Otani told reporters on Thursday his leg was fine.  The Fighters will continue to make pitching his top priority this season and will adjust his playing time as a position player accordingly. Source: Sponichi 6/19/2014

[6/18/2014] Nippon Ham Fighters: Otani tops out at 160km/h in third start in a row

by on Jun.18, 2014 @ 11:50 pm, under NPB
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Shohei Otani started a game against the Hanshin Tigers at Koshien Stadium on Wednesday.

A few notes:

  • It was his first official pro start at Koshien Stadium.
  • He topped out at 160km/h for the third start in a row.  If was the first time he hit 160km/h twice in one game: third pitch to Mauro Gomez in the 2nd and third pitch to Ryota Imanari in the 2nd.  He became the first Japanese pitcher to hit 160 at Koshien Stadium.  The previous high of 158km/h was set by Ryota Igarashi on June 3, 2004.  The overall record at Koshien of 161km/h was set by Marc Kroon on July 19, 2005.
  • He had a perfect game until Yamato hit a two-out single to left in the bottom of the 6th.  He left the game after eight innings with a one-hit shutout still intact.
  • He developed a cramp in his right calf in the 8th inning.  He left the field for treatment with two out and returned.  He got Imanari to fly out to left on a 155km/h fastball.
  • He set a new career high with eleven strikeouts.  Of the eleven strikeouts, ten were swinging.
  • He threw forty-eight fastballs.  All of them were 150km/h or faster.
  • He did not walk a batter.
  • He is 4-0 over his last seven starts and is 6-1 in eleven starts for the season.

Source: Sponichi 6/18/2014, Sponichi 6/18/2014, Tokyo Sports 6/18/2014, Daily Sports 6/18/2014, Sports Hochi 6/18/2014, Sponichi 6/19/2014

[6/15/2014] Injury Report: Kenichi Nakata (Softbank), Shohei Otani (Nippon Ham)

by on Jun.15, 2014 @ 2:34 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Kenichi Nakata left Saturday's game against Yokohama after a ball hit by Takehiro Ishikawa struck him near the right knee in the 8th inning with the bases loaded and one out.  Nakata recovered and managed to get the force at home.  He walked off the field for treatment and did not return.  Koji Akiyama later told reporters the pitcher suffered a bruise. Source: Sports Hochi 6/14/2014 ... Nakata will most likely be taken off the active roster. Source: Sponichi 6/14/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani made an appearance as a pinch-hitter in the 7th and flied out to right.  He told reporters his right calf was fine. Source: Daily Sports 6/14/2014

[6/12/2014] Injury Report: Tsuyoshi Nishioka (Hanshin), Shota Dobayashi (Hiroshima)

by on Jun.13, 2014 @ 2:03 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Ryoma Matsuda (right elbow) threw forty pitches to a standing catcher on Thursday.  It was his third bullpen. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/12/2014
  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka took seventy-nine swings during batting practice at Naruohama on Wednesday (forty-one from the right side and thirty-eight from left) and hit four over the fence. Sanspo 6/12/2014 ... Yutaka Wada told reporters Nishioka might be ready to play in games before the end of June. Source: Sponichi 6/12/2014 ... Nishioka is scheduled to play in his first Ni-gun rehab game on Friday against Softbank. Source: Sanspo 6/12/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • The Carp feel they no longer have to think about taking Kenta Maeda (left side) off the active roster after watching him during workouts on Wednesday. Source: Sponichi 6/12/2014 ... Maeda could get a start during the upcoming Rakuten series at Mazda Stadium that begins on the 18th. Source: Daily Sports 6/12/2014
  • Shota Dobayashi (right ring finger) could return to the active roster when the regular season resumes on June 27.  Dobayashi was given the green light to use both hands to hit on Tuesday (6/10).  He resumed soft-toss batting practice with both hands on Wednesday (6/11).  Assuming no setbacks, he could join the Ni-gun team some time around the 20th. Source: Sports Hochi 6/12/2014 ... Dobayashi swung the bat at close to 100 percent on Wednesday.  He could play in his first Ni-gun rehab game on the 24th. Source: Daily Sports 6/12/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Kazuki Yoshimi (right elbow, lower back) pitched in a Ni-gun rehab game against Hanshin on Wednesday.  He pitched two shutout innings in relief and gave up two hits.  His next Ni-gun outing will come on five days of rest against Softbank.  Wednesday's game was Yoshimi's first game in forty-one days.  With no other setbacks, he could join the active roster in early July. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/12/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Shoichi Ino tweaked his back during his start against the Orix Buffaloes on Wednesday.  His next start could be pushed back to the 21st against Seibu at Yokohama if his back does not improve. Source: Sports Hochi 6/12/2014 ... Ino was examined at a hospital in Osaka.  Nothing unusual was found.  He is currently slated to make his next start as originally planned: the 18th against Lotte at Yokohama. Source: Sponichi 6/12/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yasuhiro Ogawa (right hand) resumed bullpen sessions on Wednesday.  He threw thirty-five pitches to a standing catcher. Source: Sanspo 6/12/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Hideto Asamura (left knee) resumed batting practice on Wednesday.  He could make it back to the active roster in time for the start of the regular season on the 27th. Source: Daily Sports 6/12/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani left Wednesday's game against Yomiuri with a cramp in his right calf.  He told reporters on Thursday the leg was fine. Source: Sponichi 6/12/2014

[6/11/2014] Nippon Ham Fighters: Shohei Otani tops 160km/h for the second time this season

by on Jun.11, 2014 @ 9:28 pm, under NPB
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Shohei Otani topped out at 160km/h for the second time this season.

Inning: Top of the 1st
Hitter: Leslie Anderson
Count: 0-1
Outs: 2
Result: ground out to second

Otani ended up leaving the game with one out in the 7th because of tightness in his right leg.

It was reportedly a cramp in his right calf.  Source: Sports Hochi 6/11/2014, Sponichi 6/11/2014