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Chunichi, Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima, Yokohama: April 23, 2012

by on Apr.23, 2012 @ 5:21 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Masahiro Yamamoto's RBI on Sunday was his first since September 5, 2008.

According to Nikkan Sports: At forty-years and eight months, it made Yamamoto just the second player, at or above forty-six years of age, in NPB history to collect an RBI.  The other: Shinji Hamazaki collected RBIs at forty-six years and eight months (August 10, 1948) and at forty-eight and four months (April 30, 1950).

Yamamoto did break the CL record of forty-four years and zero months that was set by Tomoaki Kanemoto on July 13, 2012.

Yomiuri Giants

The Giants are seven games under .500 after playing twenty games.

Via Nikkan Sports: The Giants have started the season seven games under .500 after twenty or fewer games three other times in franchise history: after fifteen games in 1947; after eighteen games in 1957; and after sixteen games in 1984.  Only three teams in NPB history have managed to finish in first after falling seven or more games under .500: the 1963 Nishitetsu Lions (seven games), the 1988 Chunichi Dragons (seven games), and the 2007 Nippon Ham Fighters (eight games).

Hanshin Tigers

Akihito Fujii wore a catcher's mask on Sunday and caught about twenty pitches.  He also took some batting practice against a pitching machine.


Daiki Enokida's streak of holds in as many appearances, from the start of season, ended at eight on Sunday.  That tied an NPB record.


Yamato's two triples on Sunday night tied a Central League record for most triples in one game.  Akihiro Yano and Norihiro Akahoshi (both in 2002) were the last two Tigers that achieved the feat.

The NPB record of three triples in one game was set by five different players: Fumito Horio (1936), Tetsuharu Kawakami (1939), Kozo Kawai (1948), Kazuo Kageyama (1951), and Satoru Yoshioka (1976).

Hiroshima Carp

Tomonori Maeda is the thirty-third player in NPB history to record 350 doubles.  He is also third on the All-time franchise list for career doubles, behind Sachio Kinugasa (373) and Koji Yamamoto (372).

Yokohama Bay Stars

According to Sponichi, Kiyoshi Nakahata promised to give Brandon Mann a small bonus if he got through Sunday's game without issuing a walk.  Mann ended up walking two batters.


Clayton Hamilton will likely be demoted to Ni-gun after his rough outing on Sunday: 2 IP, 53 NP, 14 BF, 6 H, 1 SO, 2 BB, 7 R, 7 ER.  Atori will most likely replace Hamilton on the active roster.