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Chunichi, Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima: July 7, 2012

by on Jul.07, 2012 @ 5:45 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Kazuhiro Wada hit a walk-off 1-0 homer in the bottom of the 10th inning on Friday night.  For Wada, it was his fifth walk-off homer and his second 1-0 walk-off homer (May 8, 2010, July 7, 2012) of his career.  He joins Jack Howell (two in 1993) and Tomoaki Kanemoto (2004, 2009) as the only players in the NPB that have two 1-0 walk-off homers.  He is just the second player in franchise history to record a 1-0 walk-off homer (the other was Satoshi Sugiyama on May 31, 1955).  At forty years and zero months, he is also the second player in the Central League to hit a walk-off homer in their forties (Kanemoto hit one in 2009 at the age of forty-one years and one month).  Source: Sponichi 7/7/2012

Yomiuri Giants

Through July 6, the Giants are 29-5-4 when they are the first team to score.  At Tokyo Dome, they are 13-1-2 when they are the first team to score.  Source: Sponichi 7/7/2012

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Michihiro Ogasawara's workouts on Friday included, running, lower body exercises, playing catch, and hitting against a pitching machine.  Source: Sponichi 7/7/2012

Hanshin Tigers

Shinobu Fukuhara tossed a bullpen session at Naruohama on Friday for the first time since his back started acting up.  Said Fukuhara, "There were no problems.  I did not throw at 100%, but I am close."  Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 7/7/2012

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Akihito Fujii started his rehab at the Naruohama training facilities on Friday.  He later told reporters that he still felt pressure near his chest area when he jumped up and down (he was diagnosed with a chest contusion after he took a hard hit during a close play at home plate).  Source: Daily Sports 7/7/2012

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The last time Tomoaki Kanemoto was replaced by a pinch-hitter before he had a chance to step into the batter's box was on July 20, 1999.  Kanemoto has been replaced by pinch-hitters before, but they have come during at bats, like when Ryota Imanari was called on when he fouled a ball off his right knee on May 25 and could not finish the at bat.  Source: Sponichi 7/7/2012

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The Tigers are giving Ikusei INF Tetsuya Sakaguchi a look as a catcher.  In addition to Masahiro Nakatani, that would give Hanshin two emergency Ni-gun back-up catchers behind their starting catcher, Ryohei Hashimoto.  Source: Sanspo 7/7/2012

Hiroshima Carp

Kenta Maeda's start was rained out on Friday.  He will most likely have two more starts before the All-Star break: July 10 vs Yomiuri and July 16 vs Chunichi.  With the change in schedule, Maeda will now have a better shot at starting the All-Star game in Osaka (July 20) on three days of rest -- before the rain-out, his last scheduled start during the first half was set for July 18, making a start at Osaka a little difficult.  Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 7/7/2012