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2011 All-Star Game News and Notes: July 14, 2011

by on Jul.14, 2011 @ 3:20 pm, under NPB

Four rookies will be participating in this year's All-Star series: Daiki Enokida (HAN), Kazuhisa Makita (SEI), Yuki Saito (HAM), and Hirokazu Sawamura (YOM).  This marks the 6th time four or more rookies made it to the All-Star roster, first since 1999.

Note: No rookies made it to the roster last year and Tadashi Settsu (SOF) was the only rookie on the All-Star roster in 2009.


Sawamura is the first Yomiuri Giant rookie to make the All-Star roster since Hiroshi Kisanuki in 2003.


Koji Akiyama has mentioned that Saito will probably pitch in the 3rd game of the All-Star series (7/24).  The buzz right now is that Saito could relieve starter Masahiro Tanaka.