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NPB news: July 29, 2022

We had news of Roki Sasaki Friday, when we learned that the Yomiuri Giants have produced a note from their mother asking for special treatment, doubleheaders might be back, and there were all-star games during the week. And then we had real baseball on Friday.

A pretty busy day, so let’s get to it!

Golden slumbers

I woke up after Japan’s All-Star games put me to sleep for a couple of days. During the week, the PL won both games with solo homers by two different players, ostensibly with the same bat.

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NPB news July 21, 2022

Here’s Thursday’s COVID scorecard.

Chunichi 2, DeNA 1, Lotte 1, Nippon Ham 1. Those are not runs but suspected cases of COVID-19 from their major league rosters. Among those were DeNA’s two-time home run champ, Neftali Soto, and Nippon Ham’s all-star third baseman Yuki James Nomura, who has been exhibiting symptoms but had yet to test positive.

They were dwarfed by the Yomiuri Giants’ toll in recent days. The team reported a total of 38 new infections, including coaches and staff, on Wednesday night, including a large chunk of their starting roster and ace pitcher Tomoyuki Sugano.

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On Thursday, the Giants announced they had suspended baseball activities after 41 players within the organization had tested positive in the past three days.

NPB also announced that it’s next commissioner will be 79-year-old Sadayuki Sakakibara, the former chairman of the Japan Business Federation and that he’ll replace the outgoing Atsushi Saito in November in one of Japan’s least important jobs.

Pacific League TV is again making things difficult, so no highlights tonight.

Thursday’s games

Buffaloes 4, Fighters 3: At Osaka Dome, Masataka Yoshida tied it with his second home run in two nights, a two-run sixth-inning shot off Cody Ponce (1-2). Yutaro Sugimoto singled, Joe McCarthy doubled and both scored on a ground ball to third, and an error by reserve infielder Takuya Kori, whose first career homer had put the Fighters up 2-0 in the fifth.

Marines 5, Lions 4: At Chiba Marine Stadium, Hiromi Oka singled in two runs in the ninth to tie it and Akito Takabe singled in the winning run as Kaima Taira (1-3), standing in for closer Taishi Masuda, blew a 4-2 lead.

Takashi Ogino and Shogo Nakamura reached in the first and scored off Seibu’s Tatsuya Imai with Toshiya Sato singling in one run to cap the rally. Seibu came back against Kota Futaki in the fourth on Hotaka Yamakawa’s 29th home run, and took the lead in the sixth, when Takeya Nakamura doubled in three.

Marines reliever Seiya Dohi, who pitched in just one game in the bigs last season, and hadn’t won since 2019, worked a scoreless ninth in his season debut to pick up the win.

Hawks 7, Eagles 0: At Fukuoka Dome, Kodai Senga (8-3) struck out eight over eight innings in a game that started as a tight pitchers’ duel against Rakuten veteran Takayuki Kishi (6-5).

Kenta Imamiya singled and scored the first of his three runs in the second, on a Takuya Kai double, and Yuki Yanagita opened the game u pwith a two-run fifth-inning triple.

Friday’s starting pitchers

Lions vs Eagles: Seibu Dome 6 pm, 5 am EDT

Yutaro Watanabe (0-1, 7.56) vs Takahiro Norimoto (6-4, 3.08)

Buffaloes vs Hawks: Osaka Dome 6 pm, 5 am EDT

Hiroya Miyagi (6-5, 3.53) vs Kazuki Sugiyama (1-3, 7.04)

Swallows vs Carp: Jingu Stadium 6 pm, 5 am EDT

Yasuhiro Ogawa (5-4, 2.51) vs Daichi Osera (7-5, 3.95)

Tigers vs BayStars: Koshien Stadium 6 pm, 5 am EDT

Koyo Aoyagi (10-1, 1.37) vs Yuya Sakamoto (0-2, 6.38)

Active roster moves 7/21/2022

Deactivated players can be re-activated from 7/31

Central League


SwallowsP47Keiji Takahashi
SwallowsIF7Seiichi Uchikawa
GiantsP11Ryuta Heinai
GiantsP18Tomoyuki Sugano
GiantsP31Yuji Akahoshi
GiantsP97Haruto Inoue
GiantsP99Matt Shoemaker
GiantsC24Takumi Oshiro
GiantsC27Yukinori Kishida
GiantsIF00Dai Yuasa
GiantsIF10Sho Nakata
GiantsIF25Kazuma Okamoto
GiantsIF52Takumi Kitamura
GiantsIF61Riku Masuda
GiantsOF8Yoshihiro Maru
DragonsP99Yohan Tavarez
DragonsOF52Shohei Kato

Pacific League


BuffaloesP21Daichi Takeyasu
MarinesIF55Adeiny Hechavarria
HawksP53Keisuke Izumi
FightersOF67Shoto Kataoka


BuffaloesP15Ren Mukunoki
HawksP60Ryota Nakamura
FightersP59Haruka Nemoto
FightersIF24Yuki Nomura

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