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Chunichi, Yomiuri, Hanshin, Yokohama: April 11, 2012

by on Apr.11, 2012 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Takuya Asao picked up his first hold on April 21, 2007 and notched his record-breaking 142nd hold on April 10, 2012.

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Motonobu Tanishige became the thirteen player in NPB history to record 1,000 career walks on Tuesday night (6th inning, Jumpei Ono on the mound for the Yomiuri Giants).  Tanishige picked up his first career walk on April 25, 1989 (9th inning, Makoto Kito).

Yomiuri Giants

Shuichi Murata hit a homer for the Yomiuri Giants tonight.  That gave the team its first homer of the season in its eleventh game of the year.  It also prevented the team from tying the franchise record of eleven homerless games to start the season, set in 1938 (Spring).

The ten games to start the season without a homer did, however, set a franchise record for the two-league era: the previous high of nine games was set in 1955, 1959, and 1975.

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Yoshiyuki Kamei (broken nose) participated in pre-game practices today and told reporters he was doing fine.

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Ryuya Matsumoto and Nobutaka Imamura tossed live batting practice today at Giants Stadium for the first time since turning pro.  Each pitcher faced four batters.

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Through ten games, the Giants were 2-7-1.  According to Sponichi, it was the fourth time in franchise history that the team started the season with two or fewer losses through its first ten games.  They also mention that Tatsunori Hara started with the same record in 2008 and still managed to finish in first.

Hanshin Tigers

Hayata Ito played in a Ni-gun game against Orix on Tuesday (CF, batted second) and went 2-for-4 (single to center, infield single).

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Nikkan Sports notes that Yutaka Wada made it into first place for the first time in his ninth game since becoming the new manager of the team.  Past Hanshin managers: it took Katsuya Nomura fifty-two games to make make it into first in his first season at the helm in 1999; Senichi Hoshino three games in 2002; Akinobu Okada four games in 2004; and Akinobu Mayumi never made it to first in 2009.

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GM Eiichi Takano told reporters that he opened the line of communications with Kyuji Fujikawa after Sunday's game.

Yokohama Bay Stars

Shun Yamaguchi shaved his hair down as a sign to show remorse for his poor performance.