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Yakult Swallows: April 24, 2010

by on Apr.24, 2010 @ 8:23 am, under NPB

...Aaron Guiel hit a home run on Friday night, his first since 4/9 (vs Hanshin Tigers), a span of 10 games.

...Masato Nakazawa became the Swallows' first rookie pitcher to toss a complete game shutout since 7/6/1994 when Futoshi Yamabe did it against Chunichi.  He is also the first Yakult rookie pitcher to start the season 2-0 since Makoto Fujiwara started out 4-0 back in 1969.  Nakazawa's three hit performance also earned him the game's Hitting Award.  And the last pitcher to win that award: Kazuyuki Yamamoto (HAN) back on 7/20/1972 vs Hiroshima.