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CL News and Notes: Rookie Shinji Ohara (YOK) appears in his 60th game of the year

by on Sep.20, 2011 @ 6:34 am, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

Takashi Toritani is in the middle of a 12-game hitting streak.

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Tomoaki Kanemoto played in his first full game since 8/4 (vs Yomiuri) on Monday.

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Kentaro Sekimoto started working out outdoors at Naruohama on Monday -- he played some catch and fielded some grounders -- before getting treatment for his back.  He is scheduled for some outdoor BP today.

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Akihito Fujii led off the 7th with a triple on Sunday, his first since 6/25/2005.

Yakult Swallows

The Swallows became the first team in the CL to win 60 games this season on Monday.

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Ryoji Aikawa knocked out a homer on Monday night, despite 2 fractures in his right thumb (he suffered the injury on 8/26 and was told it would require about 6 weeks for a full recovery).

Aikawa has been wearing a protector on his thumb since the fracture and is also using a lighter bat.

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Junji Ogawa wasn't pleased that Kazuhiro Hatakeyama didn't run harder on pop fly single he hit in the bottom of the 9th, Sunday night.

"That's a hit Hatakeyama needs to get to second on," said Ogawa.  "He can't pull that kind of stuff.  With runners on second and third, the defense changes [and you don't know what might happen]."

In response to Ogawa's comments, Hatakeyama simply said, "I only thought about getting to first."

Hiroshima Carp

Jun Hirose was left out of the starting line-up Monday after he took an HBP off his right wrist during Sunday's game against the Hanshin Tigers.  Hirose also did not take part in pre-game practices and instead got treatment for the wrist.  He was available off the bench.

Yokohama Bay Stars

Lefty Shinji Ohara became 11th player in NPB history to appear in 60 games during his rookie year on Monday.  Tadashi Settsu (SOF) set the rookie record of 70 in 2009 while Hitoki Iwase set the rookie left-handed record of 65 in 1999.

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Hiroyuki Fukuyama told reporters Monday night that his balk was the result of not being able to see the sign and wanting to double-check after beginning his motion.