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Around the NPB Horn: Nobuhiro Matsuda’s season could be over

by on Jul.19, 2009 @ 12:38 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

...Hiromitsu Ochiai felt Tony Blanco's blast off the top of the wall in the 4th inning on Sunday against the Yokohama Bay Stars was a home run. The umps felt otherwise and ruled it a home run. After the game, reporters asked Ochiai if he was satisfied with the ruling.

"I don't think I need to tell some newspaper reporter whether or not I was satisfied [with a call]," said Ochiai. "I am completely against replays though. I think it's more important [to introduce measures that might make it easier] to make the right call instead."

Hiroshima Carp

...When Ni-gun Hiroshima beat Softbank on Sunday by the score of 14-0, they accomplished two things:

  1. all 9 players in the starting line-up had a run scored
  2. all players in the starting line-up had at least 1 strike out

Orix Buffaloes

...Alex Cabrera earned the right to become a free agent without the title of foreigner on Sunday (he has accumulated the required 8 years of service time on Ichi-gun rosters). Cabrera is in the middle of a 2-year contract with the Buffaloes.

Softbank Hawks

...Nobuhiro Matsuda was taken off the active roster on Sunday after he was diagnosed with a fractured ulnar styloid protuberance in his right hand (右尺骨茎状突起骨折). No further information is known at this point in time.

...Soichiro Tateoka committed three errors in the 7th inning during a Ni-gun game against Hiroshima on Sunday. 3 errors in an inning ties the league record for most errors in an inning.