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Around the NPB Horn: Alex Ramirez plays in 700 straight

by on Jul.06, 2009 @ 1:19 am, under NPB

CHUNICHI DRAGONS

...Motonobu Tanishige's home run against the Yomiuri Giants on Sunday gave him at least 1 home run in each of his 21 consecutive seasons. The record for catchers belongs to Katsuya Nomura at 25 consecutive seasons with at least 1 home run.

HANSHIN TIGERS

...Hirotaka Egusa has not given up a run over his last 4 appearances (6 IP).

...The last time Norihiro Akahoshi had to take time off because of chronic neck pains was back on May 8th, 2007.

...Kyuji Fujikawa on a roll: in his last two appearances he has struck out all 6 of the batters he faced and picked up 2 saves, requiring only 28 pitches.

...Tomoaki Kanemoto his his 383rd double on Sunday. That ties him for 13th on the All-Time list with Hiromitsu Kadota. He is also 8-for-16 in the month of July.

...Akihiro Yano is feeling better and could be back in action again. Assuming everything is alright, he could get another rehab start on the 11th against Ni-gun Hiroshima.

...The life of a minor leaguer: Yamato Maeda played in a game for the Ni-gun Hanshin on Sunday afternoon and then packed his bags to join the Ichi-gun for a game at Koshien Stadium in the evening.

ORIX BUFFALOES

...The Buffaloes have now lost 5 consecutive Sunday games that were started by Yoshihisa Hirano.

RAKUTEN EAGLES

...Ryohei Isaka left Sunday's game partway through the 7th due to tightness in his left thigh.

SEIBU LIONS

...Hiroyuki Nakajima went 7-for-11 with 3 walks, a homer, 6 runs scored, and 3 RBI during the 3-games series the Lions had against the Rakuten Eagles.

SOFTBANK HAWKS

...It was 459 days ago that the Hawks were in first place in the Pacific League.

YOMIURI GIANTS

...Tetsuya Utsumi has not been able to win any games against the Chunichi Dragons since 2007. Utsumi went 0-5 against them last season and is 0-1 against them this season.

...Alex Ramirez has now played in 700 straight games. The record goes back to August 8th, 2004 when he was still a members of the Yakult Swallows.

OTHER

...Yoshitomo Tsutsugo nailed his 66th career high school home run to surpass Taishi Ohta's 65.