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NPB: Tuffy hits 444th career HR – tied for 12th with Nagashima; and more

by on Apr.08, 2009 @ 11:55 am, under NPB

CHIBA LOTTE MARINES

...19-year-old Ken Ikeda (Ikusei) announced that he will be retiring from baseball due to personal reasons.

CHUNICHI DRAGONS

...Motonobu Tanishige was taken off the active roster on Wednesday due to the injury he suffered to his right leg against the Swallows on Tuesday.

HIROSHIMA CARP

...Marty Brown was given a warning and a 50,000yen fine for arguing a close play and for getting thrown out of a game on Tuesday.

ORIX BUFFALOES

...Tuffy Rhodes hit his 444th career home run off Lions' starter Kazuhisa Ishii (ex-NY Met) in the 4th.

Rhodes is now tied for 12th on the All-Time HR list with Shigeo Nagashima.

OTHER

...Isao Ojimi, a scout for the NY Mets, was in the stands watching Chuo University pitcher Hirokazu Sawamura's start on Tuesday. Sawamura ended up pitching a complete game while giving up an unearned run on a hit, 3 walks, and 11 strike outs -- he topped out at 151km/h on the gun.