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Nippon Ham Fighters: June 20, 2010

by on Jun.20, 2010 @ 3:05 pm, under NPB

...Yu Darvish must love pitching against the Orix Buffaloes.  Since 6/29/2007, Darvish is 8-0 in 11 starts.

Darvish also threw 29 fast change-ups yesterday.  Of those 29, ten also hit 140km/h or higher on the radar gun (the others were in the low to mid 130km/h range).

Said Darvish of his speedier change, "They couldn't tell it apart from the fastball.  Whether or not that's good or bad is another issue, but it did seem like an effective pitch."

He also added, "This change is similar to my four-seamer.  That's why it's hard to tell them apart, even though there's a 5-6km/h difference in speed."