NPB wrap 7-5-21

Olympic additions

Japan’s Olympic baseball team has announced two replacement players for the roster, SoftBank Hawks ace Kodai Senga and Nippon Ham Fighters rookie right-hander Hiromi Ito. The pair replace two Giants, ace Tomoyuki Sugano and reliever Kota Nakagawa, who are both currently not fit to go.

Senga, by the way, will make his second start of the season on Tuesday after hurting his ankle in his season debut.

Former Dragons slugger Oshima passes away

Yasunori Oshima, who amassed 2,204 hits in a 24-year career with the Chunichi Dragons and Nippon Ham Fighters, and hit 382 home runs, passed away on June 30 at the age of 70 following a four-year battle with colorectal cancer.

Marines 8, Eagles 1

At Chiba’s Zozo Marine Stadium, Leonys Martin, Yudai Fujioka, Adeiny Hechavarría, and Brandon Laird each homered as the Lotte Marines left a mark on the Rakuten Eagles by completing a three-game sweep and pulling into a tie for second place in the Pacific League 4-1/2 games behind the Orix Buffaloes along with the SoftBank Hawks.

Daiki Iwashits (7-4) allowed a run over seven innings as the Eagles dropped into fourth place. Martin’s home run, to open the scoring in the second, was his PL-best 19th.

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Starting pitchers

Pacific League

Fighters vs Lions: Asahikawa Starffin Stadium 6 pm, 5 am EDT

Takayuki Kato (3-5, 3.73) vs Wataru Matsumoto (7-3, 2.54)

Marines vs Hawks: Zozo Marine Stadium 5:45 pm, 4:45 am EDT

Kota Futaki (3-4, 3.91) vs Kodai Senga (1-0, 0.00)

Buffaloes vs Eagles: Kyocera Dome (Osaka) 6 pm, 5 am EDT

Hitomi Honda (-) vs Takahiro Norimoto (6-3, 3.01)

Central League

Giants vs Dragons: Maebashi Stadium 6 pm, 5 am EDT

Angel Sanchez (5-4, 4.64) vs Yudai Ono (3-6, 3.47)

Swallows vs Tigers: Jingu Stadium 5:30 pm, 4:30 am EDT

Kazuto Taguchi (4-5, 3.39) vs Koyo Aoyagi (7-2, 2.02)

Carp vs BayStars: Mazda Stadium 6 pm, 5 am EDT

Daichi Osera (2-3, 4.05) vs Yuya Sakamoto (2-2, 4.76)

Active roster moves 7/5/2021

Deactivated players can be re-activated from 7/15

Central League




TigersP17Yuta Iwasada
TigersOF97Dan Onodera
DragonsP42Randy Rosario

Pacific League


MarinesP69Hideto Doi
MarinesIF55Adeiny Hechavarria
EaglesP22Kazuhisa Makita
EaglesC26Ginjiro Sumitani


MarinesP60Rikuto Yokoyama
MarinesIF5Hisanori Yasuda
EaglesP13Kohei Morihara
EaglesC44Yuichi Adachi

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