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Yokohama Bay Stars: April 2, 2012

by on Apr.02, 2012 @ 11:40 pm, under NPB

Yoshitomo Tsutsugo worked out at Yokohama Stadium today.  Tsutsugo still can not run at full speed, but has already played in a couple of Ni-gun games.

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The JR Kannai Station has been spruced up with a Yokohama Bay Stars theme.

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Alex Ramirez is expected to make his way into the starting line-up, beginning on Tuesday.

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With his victory on Sunday, Daisuke Miura is now 44-20 against the Hanshin Tigers (good for second among active pitchers).  Masaichi Kaneda holds the record for most victories against Hanshin with seventy-four.  Masahiro Yamamoto leads all active pitchers with forty-five victories.

Miura also extended the team's five or more innings by a starting pitcher streak to three games: Kentaro Takasaki (6 IP), Brandon Mann (5.1 IP), and Miura (7.0 IP).  The last time the Bay Stars' began the season with three starters that threw give or more innings was 2004: Miura (7 IP), Pete Walker (6 IP), and Takashi Saito (6 IP).

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Kiyoshi Nakahata told reporters he started to tear up in the 9th inning, before the end of the game.

"I started the feel something like tears.  I let some loose, even got a watery nose.  I felt like saying 'Stop it!' [to myself] because the game was not even over yet and I was acting as if we had already won.  That kind of break is not very good," said Nakahata.

And via Sanspo: "I am an emotional guy.  Watching players develop, seeing the fans support our team, thinking about how my family and siblings support me, and all the hardworking folks in Fukushima...  When I think about those things [I start to well up].  I was like, how can I do that during the middle of the game, but the tears from my eyes were true tears of gratitude."

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The winning ball from the team's first victory of the season (and under DeNA management) will be put on display at Yokohama Stadium.  There are also plans to sell replicas of the baseball.