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Chunichi, Yakult, Yomiuri, Hanshin, Yokohama: July 15, 2012

by on Jul.15, 2012 @ 5:46 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

At forty-three years and eight months, Takeshi Yamasaki became the oldest player in franchise history to hit a home run on Saturday.  The previous high of forty-one years and five months belonged to Takahiro Saeki.

He also...

...is one of seven other players to hit at least one home run in twenty-two or more consecutive seasons.
...is one of six other players to hit a home run in the season they turned forty-four.
...set a new personal record for plate appearances between home runs: previous record = ninety-one, new record = one-hundred-thirty-nine.

And the Dragons are the first team to field three players over forty that have hit home runs in the same year: Motonobu Tanishige, Kazuhiro Wada, and Yamasaki.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/14/2012, Nikkan Sports 7/15/2012, Sponichi 7/15/2012

Yakult Swallows

Today's Birthdays: Ryosuke Morioka (28)

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Shinya Miyamoto was named a public relations ambassador of his native city, Suita, Osaka.  Source: Nikkan Sports 7/14/2012

Yomiuri Giants

Going into Saturday's game against the Chunichi Dragons, Shinnosuke Abe was 8-for-47 with one homer and four RBI against Hitoki Iwase over his career.  And against Iwase at Nagoya: 3-for-23 with one RBI (bases loaded walk).  Source: Sponichi 7/15/2012

Hanshin Tigers

Hayata Ito was added to the active roster today.

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Akihito Fujii continued his rehab training at Naruohama on Saturday.  His workouts included running, playing catch at a distance of about forty meters, shagging baseballs in the outfield during outdoor batting practice, and lightly swinging the bat.  The team trainer told reporters that Fujii was feeling better than he was on Friday.  Source: Sponichi 7/15/2012

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Keiichi Hirano played in his 1,000th career game on Saturday.  Source: Daily Sports 7/14/2012

Yokohama Bay Stars

Shintaro Ejiri and Shogo Yamamoto were taken off the active roster today to make room for Shinji Ohara and Takehiro Fukuda.  Source: Sanspo 7/15/2012