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Around the NPB Horn: Giants first to 70 wins this season

by on Sep.03, 2009 @ 4:15 am, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

...Kei Nomoto hit an inside-the-park grand slam during Wednesday's game against Ni-gun Hiroshima and became just the 4th person to accomplish the feat at Ni-gun (at least that's what I'm guessing since Wikipedia mentions 7 cases of inside-the-park grand slams at the Ichi-gun level).

Hanshin Tigers

...Kentaro Sekimoto, battered third, went 0-for-2, and played third during his first rehab game on Wednseday. He was taken out of the game in the 6th.

Assuming Sekimoto's ok, he could re-join the parent club shortly.

...Kodai Sakurai was removed from the active roster on Wednesday due to internal bruising in his right thigh (右太もも裏筋挫傷). It doesn't appear to be serious and the team believes he'll be back before the end of the season.

Nippon Ham Fighters

...Sho Nakata set  a Ni-gun Eastern League record for most home runs in a season when he belted his 27th and 28th home runs against Shonan on Wednesday.

The Western League record is 25.

Orix Buffaloes

...The Buffaloes found out that Keiji Obiki will be out for at least 3 weeks as he works his way back from a fractured ulna in his left hand.

...The Buffaloes announced that Ryan Vogelsong will be returning to Japan on the 9/3. I'm guessing this means his wife gave birth to healthy baby.

Rakuten Eagles

...Takeshi Yamasaki hit his 32nd home run of the year Wednesda night and is now just 1 home run away from tying the record for most home runs by a player over 40.  The current record holder is Hiromitsu Kadota with 33 home runs at the age of 41.

Softbank Hawks

...Tsuyoshi Wada made another start on Wednesday and went 6 innings while giving up 2 runs on 3 hits (he retired the first 6 straight batters on strike outs and surrendered a 2-run homer in the 3rd).  Wada could return to Ichi-gun action sometime between 9/8 and 9/10, assuming everything is alright.

Said Wada, "I'm at about 70-80% right now and I think I'll only continue to improve. And my elbow is feeling good as well."

...The Hawks announced on Wednesday that an unnamed Ni-gun player was diagnosed with the flu.  It is still not known whether or not it is the swine flu.  The team also confirmed that no other players (Ichi-gun or Ni-gun) or staff members have called in with fevers.

Yokohama Bay Stars

...Yuki Yoshimura was given a stern warning and fined 50,000yen for shouting abusive language towards the first base umpire in a game on Tuesday night.

Yomiuri Giants

...With their win on Wednesday night, the Giants became the first team in the NPB to win 70 games this season.

...Michihiro Ogasawara struck out for the 1,000th time in his career in the 1st inning of Wednesday night's game against the Yokohama Bay Stars. He becomes the 45th player in NPB history to strike out that many time.

...Tetsuya Utsumi will likely get the start against the Yakult Swallows on Friday (9/4).


...Pacific League ump Masami Yoshikawa worked in his 1,000th career game on Wednesday night in a match-up between the Softbank Hawks and Orix Buffaloes.  He was the second base coach.