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CL News and Notes: Hayato Sakamoto (YOM) streak of playing in every inning of every game ends at 225

by on Aug.01, 2011 @ 3:41 am, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

For the first time in franchise history, the Tigers have two foreign pitchers with 7 or more wins on the roster in the same season: Jason Standridge (8-2) and Randy Messenger (7-2).

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Daiki Enokida will apparently be shutdown for 3 days in order to give his arm some rest.  The Tigers do not have a timetable on how long they plan to keep Enokida at Ni-gun.

Yomiuri Giants

Hayato Sakamoto's streak of playing in every inning of every game ended at 225 when he was replaced on defense in the 5th inning of tonight's game against the Yakult Swallows.  The streak originally began on 10/10/2009.

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Michihiro Ogasawara batted 8th in tonight's game for the first time since his rookie year in 1997.  Ogasawara has been struggling this season and the Giants trying to wake his bat up by shifting him around in the line-up.

April: 8-for-50, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 16 SO, 6 BB, .160/.250/.180
May: 9-for-37, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 10 SO, 4 BB, .243/.364/.270
June: 12-for-59, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 14 SO, 6 BB, .231/.305/.327
July: 16-for-71, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 14 SO, 5 BB, .225/.273/.282

Hiroshima Carp

Dennis Sarfate saved his 25th game last night and broke John Bale's franchise record of 24 saves (set in 2007) by a foreign pitcher.  Sarfate also sported a new mohawk-style haircut.

Yokohama Bay Stars

The Bay Stars finished out the month of July without any back-to-back victories.