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Ogasawara taken out early; Ramirez reaches 872 games; and more

by on Aug.09, 2010 @ 4:49 pm, under NPB

Michihiro Ogasawara was taken out of last night's game in the 4th on defense since the team had a 6-run lead.  The Giants don't want to push Ogasawara to hard since his back has been acting up as of late.

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Alex Ramirez appeared in his 872nd consecutive game last night, putting him in an 11th place tie with Koji Yamamoto on the All-time list.

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Hideki Asai got the win last night against the Hiroshima Carp.  A somewhat teary-eyed Asai told fans during his Hero Interview that winning the game was like a dream for him and that he put his family through a lot of hardships and that he was glad he could repay them with a win.

It was Asai's first victory since sing 9/17/2008.

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Seth Greisinger worked out at Giants Stadium earlier today -- he did a number of training exercises, including shadow-pitching, and told reporters he thought he'd be able to make his next start.  Based on the current rotation, that could be the 10th (vs Yakult).