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CL News and Notes: 14 career pinch-hit homers for Shinjiro Hiyama (HAN)

by on May.14, 2011 @ 11:52 pm, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

Shinjiro Hiyama recorded his 14 career pinch-hit homer today.  That's good for 5th on the all-time list.  He now also has 87 pinch-hit RBIs.

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The Tigers are 0-5 in 5 games against foreign starters this year (Maximo Nelson twice; Carlos Torres, Bryan Bullington, and Wei-Ying Chen once each).

Yomiuri Giants

During today's Ni-gun game against Seibu:

Tetsuya Yamaguchi entered the game in the 6th and retired the side in order; he also topped out at 143km/h. ... Shinnosuke Abe was the starting catcher and batted fifth.  He went 1-for-4.  While Abe only played into the 5th on Friday, he played through a full 9 inning game today (he caught 6 different pitchers)..

Yokohama Bay Stars

Luis Enrique Gonzalez worked out with the Ichi-gun roster at Yokohama Stadium today.  His tryout will start tomorrow and will include a bullpen session in front of the coaches.  Said Gonzalez, "I have faith in my fastball.  I also want to show them that I can mix it well with my off-speed pitches."