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NPB: Araki picks up his 250th stolen base; Ohta demoted

by on Jul.01, 2009 @ 12:32 pm, under NPB

CHUNICHI DRAGONS

...Masahiro Araki stole his 250th base on Wednesday night against the Hanshin Tigers in the 6th with Shinobu Fukuhara on the mound.

ORIX BUFFALOES

...The Buffaloes announced that they will sell a t-shirt commemorating Koji Yamasaki's second hidden ball trick of his career. The play occurred in a game against the Softbank Hawks on June 30th.

In the bottom of the second with Tanoue on second and Kawasaki in the batter's box, Yamasaki tricked Tanoue into thinking he no longer had the ball, got him to take his lead, and quickly tagged him out for the second out of the inning.

The first time he did it was in 2007 when he was a member of the Carp and they were playing against the Giants.

SEIBU LIONS

...The Lions announced that Alex Graman will be undergoing surgery on his left shoulder, effectively ending any hopes of him returning to the team this season.

The surgery will take place on July 2 (Japan time).

YOKOHAMA BAY STARS

...Kimiyasu Kudo extended his previous Central League record of being the oldest pitcher to win a game when he picked up his second win of the season last night against the Yakult Swallows at the age of 46 years and 1 month. The NPB record belongs to Shinji Hamasaki, who won a game at 48 years and 4 months in 1950.

YOMIURI GIANTS

...Taishi Ohta was demoted to Ni-gun on Wednesday so that he can continue to work on his development.

OTHER

...It has been a full year since Ryozo Kato took over as the Commissioner of the NPB (and both the Central and Pacific League Offices).

...A rep from the Chinese Taipei Baseball Association has suggested that if operating costs for hosting the Asia Series in Japan is too much, that they would consider hosting the event in Taiwain. CTBA officials will likely be visiting Japan in the near future to discuss options in order to keep the series going.