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Count down to Opening Day 2024

Japan’s preseason exhibitions, or “open season,” has now closed, and Nippon Professional Baseball’s two major leagues will open for business Friday. But before we get there, there are a few news items worth sharing: a slight injury, a promotion for one new import and demotion and resignation for another.

In another story that has nothing to do with the season, but everything to do with NPB, MLB has ordered its teams to sever all working agreements with the four foreign pro baseball organizations it currently recognizes.

Wada likely to miss Hawks home opener

Forty-two-year-old lefty Tsuyoshi “Bad ass” Wada, may miss the SoftBank Hawks’ home opener on Tuesday with a bad finger.

In a minor league tune-up start at the Hawks’ minor league park, Tamahome Stadium Chikugo against the Hiroshima Carp, Wada was struck by a ball on his left middle finger.

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NPB news: Sept. 25, 2023

Tsuyoshi Wada pitched SoftBank into second place on Monday, while Masahiro Tanaka and Hiromi Ito locked up in a pitching duel

Hawks 10, Marines 1: At Chiba Marine Stadium, Lotte went into a crucial game against SoftBank having deactivated seven players on COVID exemptions over three days including Roki Sasaki, and then ran into a good game from 42-year-old Tsuyoshi Wada (7-6), who struck out eight while allowing a run over five innings.

Kensuke Kondo hit a solo homer, his 24th, in the second off Kazuya Ojima (8-6), who must have only been a close contact when he was deactivated for COVID on Friday. Mike Brosseau, whom I interviewed for this week’s Japan Baseball Weekly Podcast, doubled to set up the tying run in the fourth.

SoftBank took the lead for good on 20-year-old Tomoya Inoue’s first major league homer leading off a three-run fourth. Inoue was the Hawks’ first-round 2020 draft signing after they failed to win the rights to Teruaki Sato in a four-way lottery. Back-to-back walks forced in another run before Kondo delivered a sac fly. The Hawks put this one in the bank in a five-run seventh.

Eagles 9, Fighters 1: At Kitahiroshima Taxpayers Burden Field, Masahiro Tanaka left with the score tied 1-1 after seven innings against Hiromi Ito (7-10), who was charged with five ninth-inning runs with veteran pinch-hitter Ginji Akaminai delivering a one-out RBI single to break the deadlock. Tanaka struck out seven without a walk, while allowing three hits.

The win lifted the Eagles into third place, one back of the Hawks while leading Lotte on winning-percentage points.

Deniers 1, Giants 0: At Yokohama Stadium, fourth-place Yomiuri fell three games back of DeNA after rookie shortstop Takuma Hayashi singled in Toshiro Miyazaki in the second inning off Yohander Méndez (5-5). DeNA’s Shinichi Onuki (4-4) struck out 11 over 6-1/3 innings, and the bullpen carried the rest of the load with Yuhei Morihara getting his 17th save.

Buffaloes 4, Lions 3: At Osaka UFO Dome, Seibu took a 3-2 fourth-inning lead after rookie Ryuhei Sotani walked the bases loaded with no outs, but a Marwin Gonzalez single and a Yuma Mune triple for his second RBI of the game tied it in the seventh. Former Lion Tomoya Mori broke the tie in the eighth with a solo homer, his 18th.

Dragons 2, Tigers 1: At Nagoya Dome, Teruaki Sato led off Hanshin’s second with his 22nd homer, but Tigers starter Shoki Murakami (10-6) had one tough inning in the home half. A one-out Takaya Ishikawa single and a Takuya Kinoshita double set up Ryuku Tsuchida’s two-run single, and that was all for the CL’s meaningless game of the night.

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