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Around the NPB Horn: Some Hanshin Tigers news

by on Jul.22, 2009 @ 2:05 am, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

...Tuesday (7/21) marked the 10 year anniversary of when Tomoaki Kanemoto first began his "every inning," consecutive games streak.

Since July 21, 1999, Kanemoto has played in every inning of the 1,411 games his team has played.

...The Tigers will be giving 23-year-old rookie Sho Ikketsu a good look during the All-Star break to see if he might be able to help the team during their upcoming monster road trip in August. The team will most likely go with a 6-man rotation for the second half of the season.

...The Tigers poor performance on the field is slowly beginning to take it's toll on the economy in the Osaka region. Novotel hotel is reporting heavy losses from customers that are canceling their hotel plans in September because they feel the Tigers won't be playing any meaningful games at that point in the season.

Yomiuri Giants

...Giants' manager Tatsunori Hara turns 51 today.