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Hanshin Tigers: Tomoaki Kanemoto oldest player in CL to hit a homer at 43 years, 1 month

by on May.03, 2011 @ 7:07 pm, under NPB

Tomoaki Kanemoto became the oldest player in the CL to hit a homer at the age of 43 years and 1 month (the homer came in the 2nd inning of Shun Tono).  The previous record-holder was Hiromitsu Ochiai (playing for the Yomiuri Giants at the time) when he hit a homer in 1996 at the age of 42 years and 8 months.  The NPB record is held by Yoshiyuki Iwamoto (1957 with Toei) at 45 years and 5 months.

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The Tigers hit back-to-back-to-back homers in the game: Takashi Toritani, Takahiro Arai, and Craig Brazell.  The last time the 3-5 batters hit consecutive homers in one game against the Yomiuri Giants: 4/17/1985 -- Randy Bass, Masayuki Kakefu, Akinobu Okada.

Overall, it was the 9th time three players hit homers consecutively and the 4th time the 3-5 batters did it.

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Atsushi Nomi recorded his 8th straight win against the Yomiuri Giants (going back to his first victory on 7/19/2009) and tied the franchise record set by Shigeru Kobayashi in 1979 and Tadayoshi Kajioka between 1947-1948.

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Yuya Ando started a Ni-gun game against Orix today and was tossed from the game after he hit a batter in the head in the 5th.  He was scheduled to toss about 100 pitches during the start, but only ended up throwing 61 (4 IP, 1 R).  Ando's next rehab start will likely take place during a three game series against Orix (at Naruohama) that begins on 5/10.  The pitch count limit will probably be dropped for that start.