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Mazda All-Star Game 2012 Updates: July 21, 2012

by on Jul.21, 2012 @ 3:28 pm, under NPB

Some updates from July 21 (post will be updated throughout the day, as needed):

Koji Akiyama changed his mind and decided to go with Yoshihisa Naruse as his game two starter over Mitsuo Yoshikawa.

The last time Naruse pitched in an All-Star Game (8/1/2008) he gave up eight runs (seven earned) on eleven hits over two innings of work.

Yoshikawa will make an appearance in the game out of the bullpen.

Source: Sponichi 7/21/2012

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Shota Dobayashi (Hiroshima) will make the starting line-up today at lead-off.  Source: Nikkan Sports 7/20/2012

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Dai-Kang Yoh (Nippon Ham) hit a homer to lead-off the game for the Pacific League on Friday night.  He is the first player since Yoshinobu Takahashi (2001) to hit a lead-off homer in an All-Star game and the first player since Masahiko Morino (2007) to hit a home run in his first All-Star game/AB.  Source: Daily Sports 7/21/2012

Yoh is also just the second player to hit a lead-off homer in his first All-Star game/AB.  The other: Art Lopez in 1968.  Source: Sponichi 7/21/2012

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Toshiya Sugiuchi (Yomiuri) is just the second player to record All-Star victories in each league.  The other: Hideki Irabu (Lotte, Hanshin).  He is also the third player to record a victory for two different teams.  The other two: Yutakak Enatsu (Hanshin, Hiroshima) and Irabu.  Source: Sponichi 7/21/2012

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Norihiro Nakamura (Yokohama) won the MVP for Friday's game.  He is the fifth player in NPB history to win an All-Star MVP in both leagues (Kintetsu, Yokhama).  The other four: Hiromitsu Ochiai (Lotte, Yomiuri), Kazuhiro Kiyohara (Seibu, Yomiuri), Tsuyoshi Shinjo (Hanshin, Nippon Ham), and Takeshi Yamasaki (Chunichi, Rakuten).  He is also the first Yokohama player to hit a home run during an All-Star game since Robert Rose in 2000.  Nakamura has now hit five home runs during an All-Star game (four in the PL and one in the CL).  Source: Sponichi 7/21/2012