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NPB: Hanks to throw out ceremonial pitch for Giants on May 8th

by on May.02, 2009 @ 6:00 am, under NPB


...The WBC trophy will be on display at the Koshien until May 4th. Uniforms worn by Kyuji Fujikawa and Minoru Iwata will also be on display with the trophy.

...Tomoyuki Kubota is scheduled to toss some pitches during batting practice on the 4th. That should entail about 10 minutes worth of work, or about 50 some-odd pitches.

...The Tigers will be handing out special limited edition baseball cards (73 kinds) to all games at the Koshien and the Kyocera Dome during inter-league play (12 games in all). Fans will also have a chance to win a Hanshin Tote Bag if their card pack comes with a winning coupon.

The Tigers will also be selling a few items especially for inter-league play.


...Yu Darvish suffered a leg cramp while pitching against the Lions in the 6th inning yesterday. But he managed to recover and toss 132 pitches over 9 innings while striking out 11.


...Tom Hanks will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch on May 8th when the Giants play host to the Chunichi Dragons. Hanks will be in Japan promoting his new film, Angels & Demons. 20 fans in attendance will have a chance to win a pair of tickets to the film.

...Edgardo Alfonzo was taken off the active roster yesterday due to poor performance. Seung-Yeop Lee is also in danger of being dropped as well. Through 23 games he's batting .190 with 4 homers and 8 RBIs.

0 comments on “NPB: Hanks to throw out ceremonial pitch for Giants on May 8th

  1. knucklehead7

    Lee has shown good power during his NPB career, but outside of the 2006 season, he hasn’t been very good at getting on base. Do you think the Giants plan to use Odajima as the starter for now to see how he fares?

  2. Gwynar

    My guess is that the Giants are hoping Alfonzo or Lee manages to turn things around. Odajima really isn’t much of a starting first baseman, so I can’t imagine him being a permanent solution at first.

    In looking at their Ni-gun roster, they have players like Hiroki Nakazawa and Daijiro Tanaka (I think he’s listed as an OF, but he also plays first base) that are much younger and probably more capable than Odajima.