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NPB news: April 25, 2024

In today’s blog, there are notes about a new stadium sponsor in Fukuoka, where apparently it is no longer enough to PayPay, and a beefcake approach to cheesecake as a ballpark food choice at Fighters’ home games in May. But first, Thursday’s games, where a guy who grew up idolizing Daisuke Matsuzaka and dreaming of pitching for the Seibu Lions as a child in Brazil earned his first win for the club, the Rakuten Eagles’ “Lions Club” left a mark on the Nippon Ham Fighters, a couple of Giants stars from the previous decade had a night, and a Swallows player went from goat to hero.

Thursday’s games

Lions 3, Buffaloes 2: At Osaka UFO Dome, right-hander Bo Takahashi (1-1) earned his first win in Japan for the Seibu Lions, the team he followed as a child in Brazil, allowing a run over 5-2/3 innings.

Takeya Nakamura, whose leadoff homer the night before sparked a late three-run comeback, completed by a Yuji Kaneko RBI single, kept things rolling in the first by plating Kaneko with a one-out double off Luis Castillo (1-2). Seibu’s Jesus Aguilar singled in two in the third and Albert Abreu struck out two in a 1-2-3 ninth to record his sixth save.

The Lions’ win snapped a four-game losing streak, while Orix lost its first game after a four-game unbeaten run. Nakamura became the first 40-year-old in Japanese pro baseball to double in five consecutive games.

Nakamura, who really hates to mince words, even when hero interview protocols call for him to tell white lies was asked about the record.

“Whatever,” he said. “I don’t care. Records like that I just don’t care. I want to hit home runs, not doubles.”

“I grew up watching Japanese baseball. My idol was Daisuke Matsuzaka, so I grew up watching him with Seibu. Being here with the Seibu Lions is a blessing.”

— Rodrigo Hitoshi “Bo” Kaimochi Takahashi on July 2, 2023
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NPB news: April 6, 2024

In Japan on Saturday, Teruaki Sato did in the Swallows again, a SoftBank rookie had a heck of a homecoming in Sendai, where Livan Moinelo once more came up empty after a solid performance and Yuki Yanagita won a Hiroshima-connection throw-down. Seiya Hosoka, who started the season 0-for-14, helped out a favorite veteran teammate with his third homer, and new Orix import Anderson Espinoza continued to deal.

On a future programming note, I was at Jingu Stadium today, where I talked with Munetaka Murakami, Domingo Santana and Sheldon Neuse, where despite the crappy situation for the media, I got a few interesting bits to share with you in the coming weeks.

Saturday’s games

Tigers 4, Swallows 3: At Jingu “Tokyo’s Sacrifice to Corporate Greed and Governmental Malfeasance” Stadium, the Tigers’ Teruaki Sato sank the Swallows for the second straight day with a tie-breaking home run.

The Swallows loaded the bases in the third against Kotaro Otake (1-1) with a one-out walk and two singles for Domingo Santa to single in Norichika Aoki and Hideki Nagaoka‘s sac fly to plate Jose Osuna. After facing the minimum over three innings, Kojiro Yoshimura (0-1) surrendered a leadoff homer to Koji Chikamoto in the fourth. Takumu Nakano then singled and scored the tying run on a Yusuke Oyama single, but Yoshimura followed with three straight outs to keep it tied.

The Tigers untied it in the seventh. Ukyo Maekawa singled and came home when Sato, whose 10th-inning homer proved decisive Friday, repeated the feat.

Takeshi Miyamoto drew a leadoff walk in the home half, went to third on an Aoki double and scored on a ground out, but that was it for the Swallowers.

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