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Around the NPB Horn: Ogasawara drives in his 1,000th RBI

by on Aug.27, 2009 @ 2:43 pm, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

...Tomoaki Kanemoto picked up his 1,234th career walk in last Wednesday night's game against the Yokohama Bay Stars. That ties him with former Hankyu Braves fleet-footed base stealer Yutaka Fukumoto for 7th place on the All-Time list.

...Craig Brazell after hitting two home runs in one inning:

"This is great! I'm happy that I was able to help the team win. After hitting the first one out, I received news that my son was born, so the second home run felt even better."

And for anyone wondering, Brazell named his baby Trot.

...The Tigers were hoping that Kentaro Sekimoto would be able to appear in his first rehab game some time this month, but it appears as though that won't happen until early next month. The team wants to make sure he's 100% before inserting him into any games and from the sounds of things, he's still at about 70-80%.

Sekimoto will now likely focus on making a start in a Ni-gun practice game against Industrial League Nihon Seimei on August 2nd and / or an intra-squad game set for August 3rd.

Hiroshima Carp

...Both Scott McClain and Marty Brown were ejected from Thursday night's game against the Yakult Swallows. McClain was ejected first after arguing a check-swing strike on the second pitch of the at-bat. Brown followed.

It was Brown's 8th career ejection, most for a manager in NPB history.

...The Carp announced that they drew 23,363 on Thursday night to give them a running total attendance of 1,454,395 for the current season. That breaks the previous attendance record of 1,454,000 set at the old stadium in 1979.

Orix Buffaloes

...Hiroyuki Oze was diagnosed with a sprained right ankle and will require about 3 weeks for a full recovery. He suffered the injury Wednesday night in a game against the Nippon Ham Fighters.

...Tuffy Rhodes was thrown out of Thursday night's game after arguing ball and strikes in the 8th inning. It was his 14th career ejection, which is good for 1st on the All-Time list.

Seibu Lions

...13 old-timers from the 1980's Seibu team lined up to throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Thursday night's game.

Softbank Hawks

...Tsuyoshi Wada started a game against Ni-gun Hanshin on Thursday and tossed 5 innings while giving up 2 runs on 3 hits.

Yokohama Bay Stars

...Seiichi Uchikawa was held out of Thursday's starting line-up after complaining of nausea (vomiting) and diarrhea. Uchikawa was getting treatment at a hospital and was not in the dugout at the start of the game. While at the hospital, Uchikawa will also be tested for the swine flu.

...A fan fell roughly 5 meters from the outfield stands onto the field during Thursday night's game at Yokohama Stadium. The fan was identified as a 36-year-old man from Shizuoka prefecture who was at the game with family and friends.

A witness says that the man, drunk, climbed over a 1-meter high fence to get closer to the action when he slipped and fell.

The man lost consciousness after falling and had to be resuscitated before being taken to an area hospital.

Yomiuri Giants

...Michihiro Ogaswara drove in his 1,000th career RBI after hitting a 2-run homer in the third inning off Chunichi Dragons' starter Kazuki Yoshimi on Thursday night. He becomes the 36th player to reach the milestone.

...Yoshinobu Takahashi is set to re-join the parent club on Friday.


...Former owner of the Kintetsu Buffaloes, Yoshinori Ueyama, passed away on August 25th, 2009 at 11:25pm. Ueyama suffered from complications due to pneumonia. He was 94.

Ueyama was the owner of the Kintentsu Buffaloes between 1989 and 1998.