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Yakult, Yomiuri, Hanshin, Yokohama: May 1, 2012

by on May.01, 2012 @ 11:57 pm, under NPB

Yakult Swallows

Shinya Miyamoto collected three hits tonight against the Yokohama Bay Stars and is now one hit away from 2,000.

Miyamoto also committed an error in the third inning tonight, ending consecutive chances without an error streak at 257 (CL record).

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Wladimir Balentien hit three homers tonight against the Yokohama Bay Stars.

Yomiuri Giants

Shuichi Murata batted fourth today for the first time since joining the Yomiuri Giants and became the seventy-six clean-up hitter in franchise history.

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Ryosuke Miyaguni recorded his first Ichi-gun shutout, hit, and RBI of his career tonight.

Hanshin Tigers

The Tigers offense is now scoreless over thirty-one consecutive innings.

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Shinta Hifumi got some playing time in the outfield during an Ikusei game today: he took over in left in the 7th inning and even collected a hit to left in his at bat in the 8th inning.

Yokohama Bay Stars

Yoshitomo Tsutsugo joined the Ichi-gun team for pre-practice today -- he took batting and fielding practice and also ran the bases.

"There is practically zero pain.  I thought it might take longer because there was inflammation inside the bone, but things have progressed a lot more quickly," said Tsutsugo.

Depending on how things go, Tsutsugo could find himself back on the active roster as early as May 3 (vs Yakult at Yokohama).