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PL News and Notes: Chihiro Kaneko (ORI) tosses one inning rehab Ni-gun start against Hanshin

by on May.06, 2011 @ 12:45 am, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

Seiichi Uchikiawa was held out of the starting line-up for the first time this season.  Uchikawa tweaked his right hamstring during yesterday game against the Rakuten Eagles and the Hawks wanted to give him the day off today.

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Yuichi Honda has collected at least 1 hit in all 19 regular season games so far.  If he collects a hit tomorrow, he'll tie Larry Raines' 1954 PL record of 20 consecutive games with a hit to start the season.  The NPB record of 24 games from the start of the season was set by Yutaka Wada (Hanshin) in 1997.

Orix Buffaloes

Chihiro Kaneko started a Ni-gun game against Hanshin today and tossed a shutout inning (1 walk, 1 strikeout, 0 hits 20 pitches).  He also topped out at 146km/h.  This was his first start since going under the knife in February (right elbow).  Kaneko will likely get another start after about a week and pitch around 3 innings.

Other

Kimiyasu Kudo spent his 48th birthday as a special guest at this year's Chibirinpic.  Kudo also plans on starting up his training again in June (his right calf is feeling better) and is hoping to land a spot with a team next year.