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Around the NPB Horn: Ramirez – 150+hits 8 season in a row, new NPB record

by on Aug.30, 2009 @ 12:14 pm, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

...Masataka Nashida is in the second year of a 2-year contract. It appears as though Nashida will get an extension and that an announcement could be made on Monday (8/31).

...Eiichi Koyano was struck in the area above his right eye in the top of the 8th on a throw from the center fielder. Koyano was taken out of the game and his status, moving forward, is not yet known.

Orix Buffaloes

...Tomotaka Sakaguchi picked up his 40th of the month. The last Buffaloes' player to hit 40+ was Ichiro Suzuki in April and May of 1994 and August of 1996.

Sakaguchi is also working on a 12-game hitting streak.

Yakult Swallows

...The Swallows take on the Tigers next and will likely go with Shohei Tateyama and Masanori Ishikawa for the first two games of the 3-game series.

...Ryota Igarashi was taken off the active roster on Sunday with acute lower back pains. He apparently tweaked the area while fielding a bunt in a game against the Chunichi Dragons on the 29th. The team doesn't expect him to be out any longer than the 10-day minimum.

Yomiuri Giants

...Alex Ramirez's single in the top of the 1st in Sunday's game against the Hanshin Tigers gave him 150+ hits in 8 consecutive seasons, breaking the old record of 7 straight seasons he held with former Seibu Lion Kazuo Matsui.

Ramirez will now turn his attention towards picking up 17 more RBIs to get to 100 on the season. If and when he does, it will give him 100+ RBIs in 7 straight seasons, a record held by Sadaharu Oh.


...The NPB announced on the 30th that an error charged to Takumi Kuriyama in a game between the Orix Buffaloes and Seibu Lions on the 29th has been re-assigned to Yutaro Ohsaki. The error occurred in the 8th inning and allowed the runner at second, Fumihiro Suzuki, to advance to third.

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