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Around the NPB Horn: Munenori steals his 200th career base

by on Sep.07, 2009 @ 1:31 am, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

...Kodai Sakurai underwent 4 hours of rehab on Saturday. He spent most of Friday doing the same. Sakurai's current rehab menu includes receiving treatment on his right hamstring and icing and stretching the area.

...Yamato was taken off the active roster on Saturday after the team suspected that he might have the flu. Tests later came up negative for the flu.

...The team will see how Craig Brazell is feeling before making any decisions about whether or not they should remove him from the active roster.

...The Tigers spent most of Saturday disinfecting Naruohama Stadium and the player dorms in the area after a Ni-gun player was diagnosed with influenza A.

Nippon Ham Fighters

...Yu Darvish held a 40-pitch bullpen session on Sunday.

Orix Buffaloes

...The Buffaloes became the first team in the Pacific League to lose 70 games this year when they dropped their game against the Chiba Lotte Marines, 12-4, on Sunday.

Seibu Lions

...Yasuyuki Kataoka hurt his neck and back in game against the Softbank Hawks on Friday and has been held out of the line-up since. The Lions are hoping he'll be ready to play again on Tuesday.

Softbank Hawks

...Munenori Kawasaki stole his 200th base of his career in the first inning of Sunday's game against the the Seibu Lions. He becomes the 68th player in NPB history to reach that milestone.

Yakult Swallows

...Aaron Guiel was left out of the starting line-up on Sunday after catching a cold (fever and diarrhea). He tests for influenza came up negative.

Yomiuri Giants

...Shinnosuke Abe now has 5 seasons of 20+ home runs in his career, good for third on the All-Time list for catchers. First place belongs to Katsuya Nomura (18 seasons, 20+ HRs) and second place belongs to Koichi Tabuchi (13 seasons, 20+ HRs).

...Interesting headline of the day:

He's a Tiger but a Hara devotee? Tiger Mask visits the Giants.

Tiger Mask, for those that don't know, is a pro wrestler out of Shin-Nichi Pro Wrestling league.


...Former ball player Tsuneo Takabayashi passed away on Saturday at 6:20pm due to complications of acute hepatitis. He was 71.