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Around the NPB Horn: Tetsuya Yamaguchi pitches in his 71st game of the season

by on Sep.28, 2009 @ 1:00 am, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

...Kazuki Inoue officially retired after Sunday's game against the Hanshin Tigers.  Playing in his last game, Inoue was in the starting line-up in right field and batted 6th.  He finished the day 0-for-4: strike out, fly out to right, strike out, ground out to second.

Inoue was presented flowers by Akihiro Yano and Kazuyoshi Tatsunami during a ceremony at the end of the game.

Chiba Lotte Marines

...Benny Agbayani hit a  home run in his last at bat at Chiba Marine Stadium in the 2nd inning of  Sunday's game against the Orix Buffaloes.

An announcement was made prior to the at bat that it was to be his last.

Orix Buffaloes

...With their game that ended in a tie on Sunday, the Buffaloes are now guaranteed a last place finish.

Softbank Hawks

...Justin Germano was taken off the active roster on Sunday after he complained of pain in his right Achilles tendon during practice.

Yomiuri Giants

...Tetsuya Yamaguchi set a new club record for appearances by a pitcher in a season with his 71st.  That broke the previous club record of 70 set by Brian Sikorski in 2005.

...The Ni-gun team clinched the Eastern League title on Sunday with a 9-5 victory over Lotte.  It marked the 23rd time the Ni-gun has taken the EL title.

...The Giants announced that Adrian Burnside and Edgardo Alfonzo will be returning to the States some time in the very near future.

Alfonzo will be returning to the States for surgery on his left knee while Burnside will be returning to the States since the Giants have no plans for using him the rest of the season.

Both players likely won't be returning to the club next season.

One comment on “Around the NPB Horn: Tetsuya Yamaguchi pitches in his 71st game of the season

  1. Deanna

    I’ve been yelling “KAZUKI!!!!! YOU SUCK!!!” for three years now, only partly as a joke, but in reality I feel kind of bad for him finishing off with such a crappy season. It really wasn’t going to get any better, though… wonder what he’ll do next.

    Man, that bites about the Giants ni-gun. I was really hoping the Sea Rex would win the league. It was ridiculously close (if they win today, it’ll be 61-47 vs. 60-46-2, .566 to .565 basically.)

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