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NPB Wrap 4-16-21

Hawks activate Stewart for 1st time

Carter Stewart Jr, the first marquee American amateur to turn pro with a Japanese pro club, was added to the SoftBank Hawks’ active roster for the first time on Friday.

The 21-year-old Stewart is 2-0 this season in three games with the Hawks’ Western League farm club. In 14 innings, he has allowed five runs, two earned, while giving up 17 hits but no home runs. He has walked three while striking out 15.

Hayato Sakamoto

Sakamoto ties shortstop record

Giants captain Hayato Sakamoto tied Takashi Toritani’s NPB record for games at shortstop with his 1,777th on Thursday, Hochi Shimbun reported.

The 32-year-old also hit his 382nd career double, making all but a lock to become the youngest player in NPB history to reach 400 doubles. Toritani played short in 1,761 games with the Hanshin Tigers and has 16 games there since joining the Lotte Marines last year.

Bill James’ “favorite toy” career assessment projection gives Sakamoto a 34 percent chance of becoming the second player with 3,000 hits in NPB history after Isao Harimoto, and zero percent chance of meeting Ichiro Suzuki’s top-flight pro career total of 4,367.

Lions imports on deck

The four Seibu Lions imports who were unable to enter Japan before the start of the season, first baseman Ernesto Mejia, utility man Cory Spangenberg, and starting pitchers Zach Neal and Matt Dermody, have all completed their quarantines after arriving in Japan on April 2, SponichiAnnex reported Friday. Mejia and Spangenberg are slated to play an Eastern League game on Sunday.

“It’s still early days and our young players have been doing a good job for us, so there’s no need to push them back too quickly,” manager Hatsuhiko Tsuji said. “I don’t intend to call them up so they can get one pinch-hitting plate appearance. I want them when they’re game fit and ready.”

If things go as expected, the pair could be available to play against the Rakuten Eagles next Friday (April 23). The plan for Neal and Dermody is for each to get two tune-up games on the farm.

Carp’s Cron fit and ready to play

First-year Hiroshima Carp import Kevin Cron, deactivated on April 5 due to the dreaded “lack of lower body fitness,” went 1-for-3 in Thursday’s Western League game against Chunichi, Daily Sports reported Friday. Cron drove in the game’s first run and left for a defensive replacement in the sixth inning. Afterward, the 28-year-old reported he was fit and ready to go.

He said since his deactivation he’s been able to get plenty of sleep and has been able to get in some hard work has moved well and been able to enjoy playing ball.

30-something Swallows freed from quarantine

The Yakult Swallows have played well since they’ve had to do without a handful of players deactivated due to the coronavirus, but Hochi Shimbun reported Friday that on-base machine Norichika Aoki (39) first baseman Seiichi Uchikawa (38) and infielder Shingo Kawabata (33)  would be activated Friday.

The three former batting champs — who between them have one less than Ichiro Suzuki had before he moved to the major leagues – each played in two Eastern League games, and will now be available for the weekend series at Koshien Stadium against the Central League-leading Hanshin Tigers.

Starting pitchers

Pacific League

Fighters vs Eagles: Tokyo Dome 2 pm, 1 am EDT

Naoyuki Uwasawa (0-2, 6.23) vs Masahiro Tanaka (-)

Lions vs Hawks: MetLife Dome 5:45 pm, 4:45 am EDT

Shota Hamaya (1-2, 5.68) vs Rei Takahashi (0-1, 5.94)

Buffaloes vs Marines: Kyocera Dome (Osaka) 2 pm, 1 am EDT

Sachiya Yamasaki (0-1, 3.27) vs Manabu Mima (1-0, 2.41)

Central League

BayStars vs Giants: Yokohama Stadium 2 pm, 1 am EDT

Taiga Kamichatani (0-1, 6.00) vs Shosei Togo (1-1, 3.38)

Dragons vs Carp: Vantelin Dome (Nagoya) 2 pm, 1 am EDT

Yuya Yanagi (0-1, 2.50) vs Allen Kuri (3-0, 2.37)

Tigers vs Swallows: Koshien Stadium 2 pm, 1 am EDT

Koyo Aoyagi (2-0, 1.35) vs Yasuhiro Ogawa (1-0, 1.93)

Active roster moves 4/16/2021

Deactivated players can be re-activated from 4/26

Central League


BayStarsP20Yuya Sakamoto
BayStarsIF66Kouki Yamashita
BayStarsOF61Tatsuo Ebina
CarpP39Yasunori Kikuchi
CarpP66Atsushi Endoh
CarpC22Shosei Nakamura
SwallowsP19Masanori Ishikawa
SwallowsIF7Seiichi Uchikawa
SwallowsOF23Norichika Aoki


BayStarsIF0Daisuke Nakai
BayStarsOF00Shumei Miyamoto
CarpP14Daichi Osera
CarpC62Tomoki Ishihara
SwallowsP53Hiroki Hasegawa
SwallowsC33Soma Uchiyama
SwallowsOF8Shota Nakayama

Pacific League


HawksP2Carter Stewart, Jr.
EaglesP32Alan Busenitz
EaglesIF24Fumiya Kurokawa
FightersP36Drew VerHagen
FightersOF61Yuma Imagawa
BuffaloesP35Motoki Higa


HawksP18Shota Takeda
EaglesP52Taisei Tsurusaki
EaglesP57Ryota Takinaka
EaglesOF38Masaki Iwami
BuffaloesP16Yoshihisa Hirano

NPB WRAP 4-3-21

Taguchi gets revenge but not payback

At Tokyo Dome, Kazuto Taguchi (1-1) hurled his best stuff at his former teammates on Saturday in his first start against the Central League’s Yomiuri Giants since his March trade to the Yakult Swallows.

The Giants, however, survived seven scoreless innings from Taguchi and Munetaka Murakami’s first-inning two-run homer off Shosei Togo with two runs off Yakult’s bullpen in their 2-2 nine-inning tie.

The Giants, who lost 2-0 the night before on Murakami’s third homer of the year, pitched around him after that. He twice led off innings that went nowhere after two failed bunts.

Taguchi, one of Japan’s slowest starting pitchers, with an average fastball velocity during his years in the Giants’ rotation of less than 138 kph, had a better fastball than he had even as a reliever over the past three seasons in a Giants uniform.

That and near-perfect command of his secondary pitches allowed him to throw seven scoreless innings. He allowed five hits, including one to reserve infielder Taishi Hirooka–whom he was traded for– while walking one, hitting one, striking out six and getting two double plays.

The Giants got on the board n the eighth on two-out doubles by Zelous Wheeler and Hayato Sakamoto off right-hander Noboru Shimizu, who ended the inning by striking out slugger Kazuma Okamoto on 10 pitches. Wheeler went 2-for-4, while Sakamoto had three hits.

Togo walked three and struck out seven while hitting one over eight innings. Rubby De La Rosa worked the ninth before the hosts tied it off closer Taichi Ishiyama, who surrendered a one-out single from Hiroyuki Nakajima and Akihiro Wakabayashi’s two-out pinch-hit RBI double.

Giants-Swallows highlights

At Yokohama Stadium, Allen Kuri (2-0) allowed three runs on six hits and no walks over six innings, and up and coming catcher Shogo Sakakura blasted a grand slam, lifting the Hiroshima Carp to a 7-3 win, extending the DeNA BayStars’ franchise-worst season-opening winless streak to eight games.

At Osaka’s Kyocera Dome, reserve utility infielder Yasutaka Yamamoto singled in the game’s only run as the Hanshin Tigers walked off 1-0 winners over the Chunichi Dragons. Robert Suarez worked a 1-2-3 ninth for the Tigers to earn his first win.

Kosuke Fukudome, who returned to the Nagoya-based Dragons, where he began his pro career 22 years ago, doubled in the second for his first hit after being cast off by the Tigers over the winter. He went 1-for-3. He was walked intentionally, struck out and grounded into a double play.

At Fukuoka’s PayPay Dome, reserve infielder Wu Nien-ting went 3-for-4 with a walks and a double and five RBIs as the Seibu Lions handed the defending Pacific League champion SoftBank Hawks their fourth-straight loss.

Seibu’s Shota Hamaya (1-1), their second pick in the 2019 draft, allowed a run over five innings, while Rei Takahashi (0-1), the PL’s 2019 rookie of the year, walked six, hit two and gave up five runs over six innings.

The Lions took a six-run lead into the ninth but had to call upon closer Tatsushi Masuda, who faced one batter, veteran Yuya Hasegawa and retired him to snuff out a late rally and earn his second save.

Lions lose Tonosaki

Lions second baseman Shuta Tonosaki suffered a fractured left fibula when a pitch hit him near his ankle to force in a first-inning run. The Lions are already without cleanup hitter and 2018 MVP Hotaka Yamakawa after the slugger miss-stepped rounding first base on a home run.

The Lions’ four-player foreign contingent, right-hander Zach Neal, new lefty Matt Dermody, first baseman Ernesto Mejia and utility man Cory Spangenberg only arrived in Japan on Friday and now must undergo 14 days of quarantine before joining the team.

At Rakuten Seimei Park, it was another Saturday with a battalion of Rakuten Eagles relievers in place of Masahiro Tanaka as seven pitchers held the Orix Buffaloes in check in a 3-2 win.

The Eagles scored three off Taishi Yamaoka (0-2) over four innings. Eagles closer Yuki Matsui struck out two in the ninth to record his third save.

Steven Moya went 1-for-3 and scored the Buffaloes’ first run after doubling to open the fourth.

Tanaka could debut on 17th

Masahiro Tanaka will make his season debut as early as Saturday, April 10, Rakuten Eagles manager Kazuhisa Ishii Sponichi Annex has reported.

Tanaka was deactivated just before Opening Day last week with a soleus muscle injury in his right calf and was expected to be out of action for three weeks.

“At the earliest, it will be the 10th,” Ishii said Saturday. “The next opportunity will be the 17th. Barring that it will be the 20th-something on a Saturday.”

The plan is for the right-hander to skip a rehab outing on the farm and go straight to the Pacific League active roster. Next Saturday’s game will be at home against the SoftBank Hawks. The Eagles are scheduled to visit the Fighters at Tokyo Dome the following week.

Ishii denied the team was rushing their returning former ace, who was originally scheduled for the start at Tokyo Dome.

“He could pitch before that. It might not require him to be out until the 17th,” Ishii said. “It’s not like we’re rushing him. If Tanaka’s fit, he could go on the 10th. If we think, ‘Let’s wait,’ we’ll wait another week and look at the 17th. It all depends on how he feels.”

At Sapporo Dome, Shogo Nakamura drove in three runs for the second straight game for the Lotte Marines, who came from behind to beat the Nippon Ham Fighters 6-5 for their third straight win.

Marines closer Naoya Masuda worked around a one-out Sho Nakata double to notch his first save, while Takashi Toritani, who joined Lotte a year ago after being discarded by Hanshin, became the 44th player to score 1,000 career runs.

Japan’s career leader in runs scored is Sadaharu Oh with 1,967. Oh leads the runner-up former Hankyu Braves leadoff man and career stolen base king Yutaka Fukumoto by 311 runs. Toritani was playing in his 2,218th game.

Here are the top five:

1Sadaharu Oh1,967(1959-1980)2,831
2Yutaka Fukumoto1,656(1969-1988)2,401
3Isao Harimoto1,523(1959-1981)2,752
4Katsuya Nomura1,509(1954-1980)3,017
5Tomoaki Kanemoto1,430(1992-2012)2,578

Stewart throws 5 scoreless innings

Carter Stewart Jr. threw five scoreless innings for the SoftBank Hawks’ Western League farm team on Saturday in a 7-0 win over the WL Chunichi Dragons , Pacific League Insight reported.

The story said Stewart allowed a hit in each inning but didn’t buckle under pressure. He allowed six hits and a walk while striking out five.

In his only previous outing this season, Stewart allowed a run on five hits over two innings while walking one and striking out three.

Stewart joined the Hawks on a six-year deal in 2019.

Starting pitchers

Pacific League

Fighters vs Marines: Sapporo Dome 2 pm, 1 am EDT

Takayuki Kato (1-0, 3.60) vs Shota Suzuki (0-0, 3.60)

Eagles vs Buffaloes: Rakuten Seimei Park Miyagi 1 pm, 12 midnight EDT

Takahisa Hayakawa (1-0, 0.00) vs Hiroya Miyagi (1-0, 1.29)

Hawks vs Lions: PayPay Dome 1 pm, 12 midnight EDT

Tsuyoshi Wada (0-0, 2.70) vs Katsunori Hirai (1-0, 0.00)

Central League

Giants vs Swallows: Tokyo Dome 2 pm, 1 am EDT

Nobutaka Imamura (0-0, 1.29) vs Yuto Kanakubo (-)

BayStars vs Carp: Yokohama Stadium 2 pm, 1 am EDT

Kosuke Sakaguchi (-) vs Yusuke Nomura (0-0, 0.00)

Tigers vs Dragons: Kyocera Dome (Osaka) 2 pm, 1 am EDT

Joe Gunkel (1-0, 0.00) vs Shinnosuke Ogasawara (0-0, 0.00)

Active roster moves 4/3/2021

Deactivated players can be re-activated from 4/13

Central League


SwallowsOF0Hidetaka Namiki


GiantsP23Ryoma Nogami
SwallowsP28Daiki Yoshida

Pacific League


EaglesP23Hayato Yuge
EaglesP62Naoto Nishiguchi
FightersC22Shinya Tsuruoka


LionsIF49Brandon Taiga Tysinger
EaglesP40Takuma Uchima
FightersP18Kosei Yoshida