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Chunichi, Yakult, Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima, Yokohama: April 13, 2012

by on Apr.13, 2012 @ 4:46 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Kazuki Yoshimi dropped his start against the Yomiuri Giants on Thursday, ending his twelve-game winning streak.  Yoshimi was just one victory away from setting the franchise record of consecutive regular season victories.

Yakult Swallows

Shinya Miyamoto needs fifteen more hits to reach 2,000.  Miyamoto told reporters on Thursday he thought it would take him about three weeks.

Yomiuri Giants

Scott Mathieson joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts at Yokohama Stadium today and could be added to the active roster as early as Saturday.

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Tomoya Inzen, Ryuichi Kajimae, Daisuke Fujimura, and Daisuke Nakai worked out for about an hour and a half at Giants Stadium today.

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Tony Blanco (CHU) was Tetsuya Utsumi's 1,000th career strikeout victim (8th inning, strikeout swinging).  Utsumi is the 130th pitcher in NPB history to achieve the milestone and the fifth left-handed pitcher in franchise history, behind Hiroshi Nakao, Kazumi Takahashi, Hisao Niura, and Hisanori Takahashi.

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The second round of hearings in the Kiyotake vs Yomiuri lawsuit took place on Thursday.  The next scheduled round of hearings will take place on May 24.

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Chairman Tsuneo Watanabe on the Giants facing the Yokohama Bay Stars and former Giant, Kiyoshi Nakahata, via Sanspo:  "There is a part of me that wants to let [Nakahata] win, but I also want the Giants to win.  It is a tough call."

Hanshin Tigers

Shinjiro Hiyama recorded his career ninety-third pinch-hit RBI on a single to center against Hiroshima on Thursday and moved into a 5th place time on the Central League All-time list.  He is also just five away from tying the franchise record (98), currently held by Hiroshi Yagi.

The pinch-hit hit moved Hiyama into a 3rd place tie on the Central League All-time list.  He now also has 1,998 total bases.

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The Tigers have three ties in their first eleven games of the season.  According to Nikkan Sports, that is second to their 1970 season when they had three in their first nine games.  It should be mentioned that in 1970, there was a 10:20pm time limit on night games, with many of them starting at around 7:00pm.

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Hayata Ito played in a Ni-gun game against Orix on Thursday (started in CF, batted sixth) and went 1-for-3.

Hiroshima Carp

Shota Dobayashi played in Thursday's game despite a hospital visit before pre-game practice (he started feeling discomfort in his abdomen the night before).

Yokohama Bay Stars

Daisuke Miura tossed a complete game shutout on Thursday night.  It was the team's first complete game since July 31, 2010 (Tomokazu Oka vs Yakult) -- the Bay Stars did record two complete games last season, both by Miura, but none were nine innings long, making the team the first in NPB history to go a full season without one nine inning complete game.

It was also the teams first back-to-back shutout victories since 2009 (May 8 and 9 vs Hanshin) and first back-to-back shutouts involving just one pitcher since 2000 (May 2 and 3 vs Hanshin).

The twenty-two career shutouts puts Miura in third on the franchise list behind Noboru Akiyama's twenty-nine and Masaji Hiramatsu's twenty-eight.