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PL News and Notes: Mitsutaka Goto (ORI) becomes 9th player to hit homer out of every spot in the lineup

by on Aug.12, 2011 @ 4:28 pm, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

Koji Akiyama's mother (Misue) passed away in a Kumamoto hospital on Wednesday (8/10) at 8:50pm of heart failure.  She was 85.

Seibu Lions

Yusei Kikuchi could get another start on the 31st (vs Rakuten).  Kikuchi has also gone back to a three-quarters arm slot.

And for those keeping track, the Lions have scored a total 26 runs the the three games Kikuchi has started this year.

Nippon Ham Fighters

Yuki Saito threw 72 pitches in the bullpen yesterday (while going over some of the issues he worked on during his session from the day before).

Orix Buffaloes

Mitsutaka Goto nailed a 2-run homer batting out of the 4th spot last night, making him the 9th player in NPB history to hit a homer out of every spot in the batting order.  The last player to accomplish the feat: Yuki Yoshimura on 6/17/2009.  The last player to accomplish it by hitting a homer out of the 4 spot: Tadahito Iguchi on 4/7/2009.

Goto also recorded the milestone with with 73rd career homer, which is the third fewest.  Akihito Igarashi did it in 26 homers and Hirofumi Ogawa did it in 65 homers.

And the breakdown: 3 batting lead-off; 3 batting second; 23 batting third; 1 batting fourth; 8 batting fifth; 11 batting sixth; 12 batting seventh; 4 batting eighth; 6 batting 9th; and 2 pinch-hit homers.