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[4/3/2016] Yokohama Bay Stars reach agreement with Mike Zagurski

by on Apr.04, 2016 @ 2:52 am, under NPB
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The Yokohama Bay Stars announced on April  3 that they reached an agreement with Mike Zagurski. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated thirty-five million yen.

Zagurski was a member of the Hiroshima Carp last year. He pitched in nineteen games and recorded a 2.40 ERA over fifteen innings.

Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 4/3/2016

[3/30/2016] Nippon Ham trades Yoshiaki Fujioka to Yokohama for cash

by on Mar.30, 2016 @ 10:28 pm, under NPB
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The Nippon Ham Fighters and Yokohama Bay Stars announced today that they reached an agreement that will send thirty-one-year-old pitcher Yoshiaki Fujioka to Yokohama for cash. Uniform and press conference information will be released at a later date.

Source: Nippon Ham announcement, Yokohama announcement

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[3/26/2016] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Mar.27, 2016 @ 9:17 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tomoyuki Sugano won his opening day start on March 25. He has won the opening day game three years in a row. No other pitcher in franchise history has won three straight opening day starts, beginning with their first career opening day start. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/26/2016
  • Yoshinobu Takahshi recorded his first managerial victory on opening day. He joined Hideo Fujimoto (1944), Shigeru Mizuhara (1950), and Motoshi Fujita (1981) as the only rookie managers in franchise history to win their first opening day game. Source: Sanspo 3/26/2016 ... Since the start of the two-league format, eight people have managed a team the year after they retired as players: Soichi Fujita (1954, loss), Shigeru Sugishita (1959, win), Kazuhisa Inao (1970, loss), Shigeo Nagashima (1975, loss), Yoshinori Hirose (1978, loss), Michiyo Arito (1987, loss), Tsutomu Ito (2004, loss), and Takahashi (2016, win). Source: Nikkan Sports 3/26/2016
  • Tetsuya Utsumi started a Ni-gun game against Nippon Ham on March 24. He gave up a run on two hits over five innings of work. He topped out at 139km/h. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/24/2016
  • The Giants announced that they signed Nihon University to an official sponsor contract for the 2016 season. As part of the agreement, the organization will host a Nihon University Day on May 5, July 7, and August 19. Source: official announcement

Hanshin Tigers

  • First round draft pick Shun Takayama recorded a hit in his first career plate appearance on March 25 and became the first rookie in franchise history to collect a hit in his first plate appearance during an opening day game while batting lead-off since the start of the two-league format. Source: Sanspo 3/26/2016
  • Taichi Okazaki has two RBIs to his name: one he recorded on April 7, 2009 and the other on March 26, 2016. Source: Sponichi 3/26/2016
  • Matt Hague picked up his first NPB hit and RBI in his first plate appearance on March 25 and became the first foreign player to accomplish the feat during an opening day game since Hal Breeden on April 4, 1976. Shane Spencer was the last foreign player in franchise history to record a hit (no RBI) in his first plate appearance during an opening day game on April 1, 2005. Source: Sanspo 3/26/2016, Daily Sports 3/25/2016
  • Randy Messenger recorded a stolen base on opening day. He became the first foreign pitcher in franchise history to steal a base and the first Hanshin pitcher since Shigeru Kobayashi on August 20, 1981. Source: Daily Sports 3/26/2016
  • The Tigers announced that lawyer and former Osaka prosecutor Shigeo Sasaki will join the team as an adviser, effective April 1. Source: Daily Sports 3/24/2016

Hiroshima Carp

  • The Carp visited Hiroshima Gokoku Shrine on March 24 to pray for a successful season. Source: Daily Sports 3/24/2016

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons stopped an eleven-game losing streak at Kyocera Dome in games against the Hanshin Tigers on March 25. Source: Sponichi 3/25/2016
  • Yudai Ono found out he was going to start the opening day game after a bullpen session on February 1. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/26/2016 ... Ono won his opening day start on March 25 and became the first left-handed Chunichi pitcher to win an opening day game since Masahiro Yamamoto in 2001. Source: Sponichi 3/25/2016

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Shoichi Ino won his opening day start on March 25. The last Yokohama pitcher to win an opening day start was Yuji Yoshimi in 2003. Source: Sponichi 3/26/2016