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CL News and Notes: Chunichi Dragons still have not figured out how to hit Yu Darvish (HAM)

by on Jun.09, 2011 @ 1:41 am, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

The Dragons still haven't figured out how to hit Yu Darvish (CHU).  Since the 2007 Nippon Series, the Dragons have been shutout by Darvish through 38 consecutive innings.

5 shutout innings (7 strikeouts) on 11/1/2007 (Nagoya Dome)

8 shutout innings (10 strikeouts) on 6/13/2009 (Sapporo Dome)

7 shutout innings (7 strikeouts) on 6/12/2010 (Sapporo Dome)

9 shutout innings (11 strikeouts) on 5/25/2011 (Nagoya Dome)

9 shutout innings (10 strikeouts) on 6/8/2011 (Sapporo Dome)

Hanshin Tigers

Kai-Wen Cheng started a Ni-gun game against Chunichi today and tossed 5 shutout, no-hit innings.

Yomiuri Giants

Yoshiyuki Kamei and Yoshinobu Takahashi both played in Ni-gun games against Yokohama today -- Kamei started at third, batted first, and went 0-for-2 through 8 innings while Takahashi started in right, batted third, and went 0-for-1 through 5 innings.

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Taishi Ota got some playing time in the OF during today's Ni-gun game against Yokohama -- he took over in left in the 8th inning.  Said Ota, "I was surprised [they put me in].  I wasn't even prepared.  But who knows where you can find a starting job, so I'll do my best to expand my [skills]."