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NPB news: Aug. 18, 2022

Sorry folks, but I’m going to need to keep this super short tonight, since I have an early morning podcast recording, think you’ll enjoy that, and a hospital visit to get an appointment for hip surgery.

So here are the scores:

  • Tigers 10, Swallows 2 — Mel Rojas broke up a scoreless game with a three-run third-inning homer off Cy Sneed (6-5) and the Tigers, losers of eight straight, poured it on late.
  • BayStars 4, Giants 3 — DeNA extended its franchise-record home winning streak to 14 games after the third straight game with a tie-breaking homer, after Neftali Soto did those honors for two days, it was Keita Sano’s turn. The win pulled DeNA to within six games of the first-place Swallows.
  • Dragons 6, Carp 1 — The Dragons avoided being swept on the road, which is a moral victory for Japan’s worst road team. Dayan Viciedo doubled in a pair of first-inning runs and scored another.
  • Lions 8, Hawks 5 — Brian O’Grady broke a first-inning tie with a three-run homer as Seibu took two of three from the second-place Hawks to increase their PL lead to 2-1/2 games.
  • Eagles 2, Fighters 1 — Rakuten battling tooth and nail with Orix for the third playoff spot, sweep their series in Sapporo.

On Friday, Roki Sasaki, who was rained out of his start against Orix on Wednesday, will start against Rakuten. He’s 0-1 against them in three starts this year with a 4.70 ERA.

Friday’s starting pitchers

Eagles vs Marines: Miyagi Stadium 6 pm, 5 am EDT

Takayuki Kishi (7-6, 3.21) vs Roki Sasaki (6-3, 1.96)

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

Tatsuya Imai (3-1, 2.70) vs Yoshinobu Yamamoto (10-5, 1.70)

Hawks vs Fighters: Fukuoka Dome 6 pm, 5 am EDT

Yugo Bando (0-0, 3.12) vs Cody Ponce (2-3, 3.58)

Giants vs Tigers: Tokyo Dome 6 pm, 5 am EDT

Iori Yamasaki (4-3, 3.25) vs Yuki Nishi (8-7, 2.19)

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

Shinichi Onuki (9-4, 2.44) vs Shogo Tamamura (1-1, 3.60)

Dragons vs Swallows: Nagoya Dome 6 pm, 5 am EDT

Yudai Ono (5-7, 2.70) vs Yasuhiro Ogawa (5-7, 2.89)

Active roster moves 8/18/2022

Deactivated players can be re-activated from 8/28

Central League


TigersP15Junya Nishi
TigersIF51Takumu Nakano
BayStarsP42Fernando Romero


TigersOF32Kota Inoue
DragonsP17Yuya Yanagi
BayStarsC36Shuto Takajo

Pacific League


EaglesP41Yoshinao Kamata
FightersC30Shingo Usami


BuffaloesOF27Kendai Gen
EaglesP71Kazuki Yoshikawa
FightersP62Daiki Mochizuki
FightersC65Yuki Umebayashi

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When are they coming?

When we have outstanding young talents such as 20-year-old Lotte Marines right-hander Roki Sasaki, the youngest pitcher to throw a perfect game, Orix Buffaloes ace Yoshinobu Yamamoto, or Yakult Swallows third baseman Munetaka Murakami, who is shattering home run records at the age of 22, people in the States begin asking when they’re coming to MLB.

It’s not obvious in most cases.

Japanese players can’t just walk away until they have nine years of service time in Japan’s major leagues. Their Japanese teams can make them available through the posting system, but that is 100 percent up to the teams — unless the team has a contractual obligation to post the player.

This kind of agreement, unimaginable in MLB, is one of the little nuggets in Japan’s salary and contract structure.

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