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NPB: Tony Blanco’s homer estimated at 160m; Gary Burnham Jr. portrait contest

by on May.08, 2009 @ 2:17 am, under NPB

CHIBA LOTTE MARINES

...Gary Burnham Jr. fan? Can you draw? Then you might want to swing by the stadium on the 10th because they'll be holding a Gary Burnham Jr. Portrait Contest. The first prize winner will get some signed memorabilia and their own portrait drawn by Gary Burnham Jr. himself.

CHUNICHI DRAGONS

...The estimated distance on Tony Blanco's monster home run was set at about 160m (525 ft). The speakers the ball hit are approximately 50m (164 ft) off the ground. It is a Nagoya Dome first (the dome opened in 1997).

...Kazuyoshi Tatsunami's walk-off hit in last night's game against Hiroshima was the 13th of his career. That's good for 6th on the Dragons' All-Time list.

HANSHIN TIGERS

...Kentaro Sekimoto is currently riding a 7-game hitting streak and has gone 11-for-27 with 3 runs and 5 RBI over the stretch.

...Weichu Lin should be in the starting line-up for the Tigers today.

NIPPON HAM FIGHTERS


Otokonaki will be available starting June 3rd

...Songs that make Yu Darvish cry. Or at least that's the basic theme behind a collection of songs picked to be in a best of CD that will be released on June 3rd title Otokonaki (オトコナキ) and featuring the young pitching ace on the cover. Those interested can purchase the CD at Amazon.jp.

RAKUTEN EAGLES

...The Eagles' golden boy, Masahiro Tanaka, will be making a return either on the 12th or the 13th. Tanaka could have returned sooner, but the team wanted to give him as much time as possible.

YOMIURI GIANTS

...A Michihiro Ogasawara fan? Then tune into NHK BS 1 on the 10th at 7:10pm for a special on him. If you don't have NHK BS 1, don't worry. The same program will air on the NHK Sogo channel on the 11th at 10:45pm.

The name of the program is "スポーツ大陸・魂のフルスイング ~巨人 小笠原道大~" or "The Sports Continent: Spirit's Full Swing - Giants Michihiro Ogasawara".