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Nippon Ham Fighters: May 2, 2010

by on May.02, 2010 @ 4:23 pm, under NPB

...With a complete game shutout victory on Saturday, Yu Darvish has now recorded at least one complete game shutout since his rookie year in 2005.  It was also his first shutout since 5/23/2009.  His 150 pitches were also a season high.  He now has four starts in which he has thrown 140+ pitches.

Incidentally, the 16 ground ball outs he recorded on Saturday have caused something of a stir (that is, in the sense that Darvish has yet another "side" to him).

...Kensuke Tanaka picked up his fifth 3+ hit game of the season on Saturday.

...Masataka Nashida gave Shinji Takahashi the day off on Saturday due to his recent struggles at the plate (1-for-25 over his last 7 games).