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2011 All-Star Game News and Notes: July 24, 2011

by on Jul.24, 2011 @ 10:54 am, under NPB

Hiromitsu Ochiai told reporters yesterday that doesn't mind using pitchers in up to 2 All-Star games.  He then added Daiki Enokida (HAN) and Yuya Kubo (YOM) won't be pitching today.


Sho Nakata (HAM) may be trying too hard to hit the ball hard.  Through two ASG, Nakata is 0-for-7 (1 SO, 5 FO, 1 GO).


Daiki Enokida (HAN) became the fourth rookie in Hanshin Tiger's franchise history to pitch in consecutive All-Star games.  The other three: Kazunori Nishimura (1955), Minoru Murayama (1959), and Yutaka Enatsu (1967).  He's also the first rookie since Hideo Nomo (1970, Kintetsu) to pitch in an All-Star game on consecutive days (no travel days).


Hayato Sakamoto became the 7th player in Yomiuri Giants' franchise history to collect 3-hits (including a homer) during an All-Star game.  At 22 years and 7 months, he's also the 2nd younger Giant to hit a homer during an All-Star game -- behind Sadaharu Oh at 22 years and 2 months and ahead of Hideki Matsui at 23 years and 1 month.


Hirotoshi Masui (HAM) threw 5 pitches yesterday, all fastballs, all 150km/h or higher:

Keiichi Hirano (HAN) - strikeout looking on a fastball (150km/h), ground out to second on a fastball (150km/h)

Hayato Sakamoto (YOM) - foul out to the catcher on a fastball (150km/h)

Wladimir Balentien (YAK) - strikeout swinging on a fastball (150km/h), foul out to first on a fastball (151km/h)