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Nippon Ham Fighters: March 31, 2012

by on Apr.01, 2012 @ 2:38 am, under NPB

Yuki Saito became the first pitcher in the NPB to record his first career complete game victory during an opening day start since Chunichi Dragon Minoru Kakimoto did on April 7, 1962.  The last pitcher to do it in the Pacific League: Mainichi Orion Yoshimi Ebara on March 11, 1950.

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The Fighters offense banged out thirteen hits on Friday.  Sho Nakata was the only player in the starting line-up that did not have a hit.

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Hideki Kuriyama has the number three written on the inside on his cap, in homage to Shigeo Nagashima.  In fact, Kuriyama had Nagashima write the number on his cap.

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The Fighters had until today to sign 1st round draft pick Tomoyuki Sugano.  The organization announced today that they were unable to sign their top draft pick.

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The Fighters won their opening day game on Friday.  It was their first opening day victory since 2008.

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