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Yomiuri Giants: March 4, 2012

by on Mar.04, 2012 @ 11:52 pm, under NPB

D.J. Houlton was hit on the right hand by a come-backer to the mound in the 3rd inning of today's game against the Hiroshima Carp.  He was taken to the hospital for an examination and was diagnosed with a contusion on the back of his right hand.  There was no damage to the bones.

The injury does not appear to be serious but he will most likely skip his next outing.

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Scott Mathieson started a Kyoiku League game against the Rakuten Eagles today and did not allow a run or a hit over three innings of work.  He did walk two, hit one, and strikeout one.  His also topped out at 150km/h.

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The 2011 draft class greeted fans at the entrance gates at Tokyo Dome before today's game.

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The Giants announced today that AKB48 will sing the National Anthem on Opening Day.

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According to Sanspo, Tetsuya Utsumi will be the opening day starter; Toshiya Sugiuchi will start the second game of the season.

Nikkan Sports and Sponichi also point to Utsumi as the opening day starter, but make no mention of Sugiuchi as being the number two starter.

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Sugiuchi became the first Giants' pitcher to take the mound at Tokyo Dome while wearing the number eighteen since Masumi Kuwata on April 13, 2006.