The results of the HR Derby:
Hiroyuki Nakajima 2 - Kenta Kurihara 2 (Kurihara advances base on the rules)
Takeya Nakamura 3 - Tony Blanco 2
Takeya Nakamura 6 - Kenta Kurihara 5
Awards from Game 2:
Top Player - 3M yen money prize
Nobuhiko Matsunaka (Softbank Hawks)
Best Batter - 1M yen money prize
Hirokazu Ibata (Chunichi Dragons)
Best Pitcher - 1M yen money prize
Chihiro Kaneko (Orix Buffaloes)
Best Play - 1M yen money prize
Hiroyuki Nakajima (Seibu Lions)
Mazda Axela - Mazda Alexa
Masato Akamatsu (Hiroshima Reds)
Ceremonial First Pitch: Hiroshima Carp Jr. Team
Yu Darvish had his right shoulder checked out on Saturday and was diagnosed with a bruise in the middle area of his right deltoid muscle (右三角筋中央部の打撲).
"There was some internal bleeding," said the chief trainer. "But it appeared to have gotten all muscle because we didn't see any problems with the underlying bone. We'll wait for the pain to go away before we start things back up again."
Incidentally, this isn't the first time Darvish had difficulties during an All-Star game. Although he tossed 2 innings last season, he suffered a bloody nose at the tail end of his outing. Some papers are calling it the All-Star Game Curse.
Shinya Miyamoto hit his first ASG home run in his 5th appearance.
Some All-Star records over the 2 games:
- Highest batting average: Hirokazu Ibata - .857 (6-for-7)
- Doubles: Hirokazu Ibata - 3
- Sac flies: Masahiro Araki - 2
- Doubles by a team: Central League - 9
- Most hits: Hirokazu Ibata - 6 (tied)
- Team extra base hits: Central League - 12 (third time)
- Team sac flies: Central League - 2 (second time)