NPB news: May 2, 2022

There was no pro baseball on Monday in Japan, although this is pretty much the norm, it’s not the norm for Japan’s long extended spring “Golden Week” holiday.

The string of national holidays usually means day baseball on Monday for one of the two leagues, but this year’s Monday falls on one of the non holidays, so it’s pretty much like normal except, all 18 games played between May 3 and 5 will start at 1 or 2 pm, so there’s that.

On Tuesday, Masahiro Tanaka will go against one of Japan’s better lefties, Nippon Ham’s Takayuki Kato. The other big PL duel will be a rematch between Yoshinobu Yamamoto and SoftBank’s Shuta Ishikawa, who outpitched the Orix ace on April 19.

On Monday, Ishikawa would have none of the hype, Nikkan Sports reported, while I take another look at the great Junya Nishi what if the Hanshin Tigers have done well to prevent. We also saw the Hawks make a decision on Freddy Galvis.

Shall we get started?

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NPB news: May 1, 2022

We had an unusual intentional walk, some big home runs, a big game by another 20-year-old rookie pitcher out of the same first round that gave us Hiroya Miyagi, Roki Sasaki and Yasunobu Okugawa.

The Giants have lost their captain for the time being after Hayato Sakamoto stumbled on the turf Saturday and was deactivated due to medial collateral ligament damage in his right knee.

Seibu’s Wu Nien-ting, and Lotte’s Leonys Martin were also deactivated, Wu after testing positive for COVID-19, Martin, ostensibly because he wasn’t hitting.

On that note, shall we get started?

Lions 2, Buffaloes 1: At Osaka Dome, Seibu snuffed out a pair of late rallies, and Hotaka Yamakawa blasted his league-leading ninth home run off Jesse Biddle (3-1) in the ninth inning.

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