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Around the NPB Horn: Brazell hits 2-homers in the 5th; Rami-chan collects 1,500th hit

by on Aug.26, 2009 @ 2:18 pm, under NPB

Chiba Lotte Marines

...The Marines won a game with 1 hit (a home run) on Wednesday night against the Softbank Hawks for the first time in the Pacific League since April 12, 1991 when the Nippon Ham Fighters beat the Orix Buffaloes with a solo homer by Fujio Tamura. The feat has only been accomplished four other times in league history (10 times if you include games that were won by a non-home run hit).

Incidentally, it was also Toshiaki Imae's birthday (he was the one that hit the home-run).

...Tadahito Iguchi appeared in his 1,000th NPB game on Wednesday night. He joins 432 other players that have also accomplished the feat.

Hanshin Tigers

...Craig Brazell hit 2 home runs in the 5th innings. But perhaps more importantly, he also found out that he was the father of a bouncing baby boy after launching his first homer.

The last time a Tiger hit 2 homers in the same inning was Masayuki Kakefu back on August 24th, 1982. The last foreigner to do it was Willie Kirkland in 1969. Brazell is the 4th Tiger to accomplish the feat (10th within the Central League).

Nippon Ham Fighters

...Shugo Fujii gained his national FA rights on Wednesday with 8 years of services.

Seibu Lions

...Big blow for the Lions: Takeya Nakamura will be taken off the active roster on Thursday (8/27) due to his injury in his left thigh area. Nakamura was informed at a hospital that it will take at least another 4-5 days before the inflammation goes away. The team originally thought his injury wouldn't require a stint off the active roster.

...After getting hit by a foul ball while sitting in the dugout during Tuesday's game against the Rakuten Eagles, Lions' manager Hisanobu Watanabe was taken to the hospital for X-rays after the game. He was diagnosed with a bruise on his right hand.

Softbank Hawks

...The Hawks announced on Wendesday that Chris Aguila will be returning to the US sometime last this month.

...Nobuhiko Matsunaka was not in the starting line-up again for the 4th straight game. His right knee continues to bother him.

Yomiuri Giants

...Alex Ramirez collected his 1,500th hit during Wednesday night's game against the Chunichi Dragons with Yudai Kawai on the mound. Ramirez also reached the milestone in his 1,236th game, breaking the record of 1,237 set by Leron Lee on May 15th, 1987.