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NPB: Rhodes hits 450th, 451st, and 452nd home runs against the Fighters

by on Apr.26, 2009 @ 12:56 pm, under NPB

CHIBA LOTTE MARINES

...Team owner Akio Shigemitsu denied that the team has any interest in moving out of Chiba. This despite the fact that there was an allusion to it in the team's record of proceedings from a recent meeting.

Said Shigemitsu, "I haven't seen the record of proceedings from the meeting. ... The team has a bond with Chiba. We've invested quite a bit of money here, and we're even working on building an indoor training facility [in Chiba]. We're here for the long haul."

NIPPON HAM FIGHTERS

...Atsunori Inaba complained of neck pains and was held out of the starting line-up on Sunday as a precautionary move.

ORIX BUFFALOES

...Tuffy Rhodes cranked 3 home runs out on Sunday against the Nippon Ham Fighters. The first home run he launched (in his second at bat) gave him 450 career home runs, making him the first foreigner to reach that total, and just the 12th player in NPB history to do so. It took Rhodes 1,609 games to reach 450 home runs, making him the second quickest to the milestone behind Sadaharu Oh (1,559 games).

Said Rhodes, "Forget about 450 home runs and a bunch of hits... I never even thought I'd play 13 years here in Japan."

Rhodes' 3 home runs also made him the first player to reach 10 in the NPB this season.

RAKUTEN EAGLES

...Katsuya Nomura is now just 1 win away from 1,500 career victories as a manager.

SOFTBANK HAWKS

...Munenori Kawasaki was held out of the starting line-up on Sunday after suffering a cramp in his left knee area in Saturday night's extra-inning contest against the Eagles. He should be ready to go for Tuesday's game against the Lions.

YOMIURI GIANTS

...Takahiko Nomaguchi was involved in a minor car accident (rear fender bender) while on his way to the stadium for practice. No one was injured. As a precautionary measure, Nomaguchi did get checked out at a hospital; nothing was found.

...Abe Shinnosuke missed his second straight game with discomfort in his shoulder. The Giants will consider him as as day-to-day.