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NPB news: Sept. 15, 2022

It was Pacific League Thursday, and with each of the top-three teams playing a second-division club, there was, like in interleague, a chance for some real shift in the standings. Roki Sasaki, who was pulled after throwing 58 pitches in five innings on Wednesday, apparently did not recover sufficiently overnight to make Lotte think he would be able to make his next start, and was deactivated.

This is the 20-year-old’s first season in the rotation. In 2020, his first season, Sasaki didn’t pitch in a single official game at any level, with the team explaining that he was unable to recover quickly enough from his bullpens and simulated games.

Thursday also gave us the next Tiger – or former Tiger – to announce the end was near. This shouldn’t come as a surprise considering how old Hanshin’s roster was a few years back, when Takashi Toritani, Kosuke Fukudome, Yoshio Itoi and Atsushi Nomi were all together in pinstripes.

Fukudome, who turned 45 in April, entered the season as Japan’s oldest active player, followed by Nomi, who turned 43 in May. On Thursday, the lefty, currently with the Orix Buffaloes as a player coach, announced that he didn’t want to be next season’s oldest.

The former Tigers ace has a career record of 104-93 with four saves and a 3.35 ERA over 473 career games.

The games:

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NPB news: Aug. 14, 2022

Jesse Biddle made his Japan starting debut on Sunday against veteran Tsuyoshi Wada, the Nippon Ham Fighters ran into more than their share of base running outs and still came out smelling like manager Tsuyoshi Shinjo’s perfume of the day, while their opponents could have loaded the bases in every inning and still come up empty.

Gregory “El Coffee” Polanco supplied the Giants defense with the necessary buzz, Swallows manager Tsuyoshi Shinjo decided seven straight losses was the right time for some lineup juggling.

Let’s get to the games shall we?

Sunday’s games

Buffaloes 10, Hawks 2: At Fukuoka Dome, Biddle (4-4), making his first pro start since 2015, when he started all 24 of his games, 15 for Double-A Reading, and nine for Triple-A Lehigh Valley, threw five shutout innings, and Wada (3-4) melted down on a series of good swings against progressively worse pitches in a seven-run fourth inning.

Yuma Mune got the end of the bat on a decent low-and-away slider and lined it over short for a one-out single. On a run-and-hit, Kotaro Kurebayashi lined a high straight fastball for an RBI double. Wada floated a slider away but up and Joe McCarthy lined it to center. Tatsuya Yamaashi lined a first-pitch changeup to left for an RBI single. Torai Fushimi smashed a high flat fastball past short to load them up.

Shuhei Fukuda lined the first pitch he saw in the zone, another high straight fastball, to the wall in right for a two-run double. Reliever Arata Shiino surrendered a two-run double to Keita Nakagawa and walked Masataka Yoshida, and and RBI single to Mune.

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