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All-Star Game 2010: News and Notes (July 25, 2010)

by on Jul.25, 2010 @ 3:57 pm, under NPB

...Yasutomo Kubo tossed an 89km/h palm ball to Takahiro Okada, followed by a 146km/h fastball, during his outing last night.  Kubo tossed a total four palm balls.

...After Craig Brazell hit his game-tying homer in the 8th, six other players joined him in a little home run jig in front of the dugout.  Seems Brazell was a little surprised when the other players joined him since he thought it would only be Alex Ramirez.  Nikkan Sports has an image of the seven players dancing.

...Norichika Aoki told reporters that he was actually aiming for 5 steals in last night's game.  The record for most stolen bases in an All-Star game is four and was set by Kazuo Matsui in 1997 (first game).

...Takahiro Okada went 0-for-6 during the All-Star series.  Okada told reporters he had fun, but really wanted to hit a home run.  On Saturday, Okada became the younger player in the Pacific League to bat fourth (Kazuhiro Kiyohara set the previous record holder in 1990).  Okada also said that he thought he may have been invited to the All-Star series a little early.

According to Nikkan Sports, Buffaloes' batting coach Kozo Shoda plans on making Okada take an extra hours worth of BP when he returns to the team.

...Kenta Maeda picked up a few pointers on how to throw a slider from Yu Darvish.  Maeda told reporters that while he probably won't be able to start using Darvish's tips this season, he plans on incorporating them into his practice session.

...Masahiko Morino collected a hit in 5 straight at bats and fell 1 hit short of tying the All-Star record.

...For the first time in his five All-Star appearances, Toshiya Sugiuchi held the CL to 0 runs.  In his prior four appearances, Sugiuchi was 1-2 with a 10.50 ERA.

...Other than Takeshi Yamasaki, five other players in their 40s have hit homers at an All-Star Game: Hiromitsu Kadota, Hiromitsu Ochiai, Sachio Kinugasa, Tomoaki Kanemoto, and Sadaharu Oh.  As mentioned yesterday, none of them have hit two homers during an All-Star series other than Yamasaki.  Yamasaki is also the 17th player in All-Star history to hit 2 or more homers in consecutive at bats.  Of those 17, Yamasaki is the 4th to hit homers in consecutive at bats spanning two games.