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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.

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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).

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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).

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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.

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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)