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Chunich, Yakult, Yomiuri, Hanshin, Yokohama: May 6, 2012

by on May.06, 2012 @ 5:44 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Nobumasa Fukuda entered Saturday's game as a pinch-hitter in the 5th inning.  He remained in the game and made his first Ichi-gun appearance as catcher (two innings).  He then took over at second in the 7th inning for the first time since elementary school.

Fukuda was drafted as a catcher in 2006 and played nine Ni-gun games as catcher in 2007.  He was converted to an infielder in 2008, but when the team traded Keiji Oyama away to the Rakuten Eagles in January this year, he was asked to catch again.

Yakult Swallows

Wladimir Balentien's wife and daughter (born in October 2011) are scheduled to arrive in Japan on May 14.  Orlando Roman's wife and son are slated to arrive on May 11.

Yomiuri Giants

Michihiro Ogasawara (left hamstring) continued work outs at Giants Stadium today -- played some catch, soft toss batting practice, batting practice against a pitching machine.

Hanshin Tigers

Takashi Toritani batted lead-off on Saturday for the first time since October 7, 2010.

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Akihito Fujii returned to the starting line-up as catcher on Saturday for the first time in twenty-five days.

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According to Nikkan SportsTakahiro Arai's homer on Saturday was: the team's first in sixteen games (new franchise record; 580 batters in between homers) and the team's first at Koshien Stadium this year (new franchise record since the start of the two league format; 416th batter).

Yokohama Bay Stars

Not only did every player in the starting line-up have at least one hit on Saturday against the Chunichi Dragons, every position player in the starting line-up also had at least one extra base hit (only Daisuke Miura did not have an extra base hit).

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Yuki Yoshimura hit homers in back-to-back at bats on Saturday for the fourth time in his career.  The other three times: August 7, 2007 vs Yakult at Jingu; June 3, 2008 vs Seibu at Seibu Dome; and July 21, 2008 vs Yakult at Jingu.

Yoshimura's parents celebrated a wedding anniversary on Thursday.  He told reporters after Saturday's game that he was happy he could give his parents a nice wedding anniversary present.

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Tickets with refunds (May 1-6; fifty tickets a game; up to 100% refund during losses and up to 50% during victories or ties): according to Nikkan Sports, more than eighty percent of fans asked for some sort of refund for tickets to games on Tuesday (7-0 loss; almost every fan asked for a refund), Wednesday was rained out, Thursday (3-1 victory; about eighty percent), and Friday (3-3 tie; about eighty percent).  On Saturday, more than half did not ask for any type of refund.