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NPB All-Star News: Darvish to start for PL, Gonzalez to start for CL

by on Jul.23, 2009 @ 2:07 pm, under NPB

Yu Darvish has officially been announced as the starter for the Pacific League for Game 1 of the All-Star series. Darvish has been the starting pitcher for the PL three years running. Dicky Gonzalez will be the starter for the Central League.

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Hayato Sakamoto will be leading off for the CL All-Stars in Game 1. Michihiro Ogasawara, Alex Ramirez, and Tony Blanco will likely anchor the middle of the line-up.

Jiji Press is reporting this line-up:

SS Sakamoto (YOM)
CF Aoki (YAK)
3B Ogasawara (YOM)
DH Ramirez (YOM)
LF Kanemoto (HAN)
1B Blanco (CHU)
RF Uchikawa (YOK)
C Abe (YOM)
2B Araki (CHU)

And the following pitchers will likely appear (in the order they are listed):
Gonzalez (YOM), Tateyama (YAK), Kawai (CHU), Miura (YOK), Yamaguchi (YOM), Chang-Yong Lim (YAK)

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The Home Run Derby competition match-ups have been announced.

Game 1 @ Sapporo Dome (7/24)

  • Michihiro Ogasawara (YOM) vs Takeya Nakamura (SEI)
  • Atsunori Inaba (HAM) vs. Tony Blanco (CHU)

Game 2 @ MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima (7/25)

  • Hiroyuki Nakajima (SEI) vs Kenta Kurihara (HIR)
  • Takeya Nakamura (SEI) vs. Tony Blanco (CHU)

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Nine NPB All-Stars, including Tadahito Iguchi, Kenta Kurihara, and Hirokazu Ibata, spent their Thursday planting Aodamo trees (used in making baseball bats) in a national forest in Hokkaido Tomakomai. The nine players, together with baseball players from Hokusei Gakuen University High School and Tomakomai Komazawa University, planted 200 trees in all.