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Yakult, Hanshin, Yokohama: June 23, 2012

by on Jun.23, 2012 @ 9:34 am, under NPB

Yakult Swallows

Hiroyasu Tanaka recorded the 250th sac hit of his career on Friday.  He is the fourteenth player in NPB history to reach the milestone.  At 826 games, he is also the second quickest to 250 (the quickest was Masahiro Kawai at 723 games).

Tanaka's first sac hit came on August 5, 2006.

Source: Sponichi 6/23/2012, Sanspo 6/23/2012

Hanshin Tigers

On Friday, Matt Murton batted lead-off for the first time since April 30.  He also struck out with runners on first and second and two out in the bottom of the 7th.  While playing catch to warm up before the start of the top of the 8th, Murton made four wild throws to Yamato, two of which went into the camera well on the first base side and prompted some heckling from the crowd.

The Tigers could take Murton off the active roster if they determine doing so would help him.

Source: Sponichi 6/23/2012

Murton is 3-for-36 with a slash line of .083/.132/.083 so far in thirteen games this month.  He is also hitless in his last fourteen trips to the plate.

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Takahiro Arai returned to the clean-up spot on Friday for the first time since May 3.

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Kyuji Fujikawa's worked out at the indoor training facilities at Koshien on Friday.  His workouts included a game of catch and some light running.  Fujikawa will continue his rehab at the Naruohama training facilities today.  Source: Sanspo 6/23/2012

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Kenji Jojima did some pool training during rehab on Friday.  The load on Jojima's lower body was increased by upping the water flow and having him walk at a faster pace.  Source: Sanspo 6/23/2012

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Former pro wrestler Antonio Inoki made an appearance on the field at Koshien Stadium on Friday after the top of the 6th inning.  Source: Sanspo 6/23/2012

Yokohama Bay Stars

GM Shigeru Takada on Clayton Hamilton, via Sports Hochi: "There is a problem in skill level.  Ichi-gun seems just a bit out of reach.  There are a number of different ways to think about this, but we decided that it makes no sense to hold on to him because we have other players that can replace him."

Sponichi has a slightly different quote: "If we have other young players that match his skill set, then we will use them over him.  We also felt a timely decision would allow him to move."