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Chunichi, Yakult, Hanshin, Hiroshima: August 1, 2012

by on Aug.01, 2012 @ 5:48 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

The Dragons snapped a fifteen-game Kanto road losing streak (0-15-2) on Tuesday.

Yakult Swallows

Wladimir Balentien was left out of the starting line-up on Tuesday because of his right hamstring. Source: Daily Sports 8/1/2012

Balentien was evaluated at a hospital today and diagnosed with a right gluteal muscle strain.  He will be removed from the active roster on Thursday.  Source: Nikkan Sports 8/1/2012

Hanshin Tigers

With runners on second and third and one out in the 4th inning on Tuesday night, Yutaka Wada decided to send a pinch-hitter in for Randy Messenger because he wanted to apply pressure and play aggressive baseball.  Source: Sanspo 8/1/2012


At forty-four years and three month, Tomoaki Kanemoto extended his own mark for oldest player to record a triple in the Central League on Tuesday night.  Source: Sanspo 8/1/2012

Kanemoto set the CL mark last year on September 23 (vs Yomiuri) at the age of forty-three years and five months.  The NPB record of forty-eight years and four months was set by Shinji Hamazaki on April 30, 1950.  Source: Sponichi 8/1/2012

Kanemoto has made adjustments to his pre-game workouts due to the summer heat, like: opting to do more indoor workouts so that he can take the field about twenty minutes later; and decreasing the number of baseballs he chases during fielding practice.  Source: Sports Hochi 8/1/2012

For the second year in a row, Kanemoto turned down an All-Star invite.  Last year, it was because he felt he did not belong based on his numbers; this year, he wanted time to prepare for the second-half.  Source: Daily Sports 8/1/2012


Hiroaki Saiuchi started a Ni-gun game against Orix on Tuesday and tossed five shutout innings.  Final line: 5 IP, 67 NP, 18 BF, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 0 SO, 0 R, 0 ER.  Source: Daily Sports 8/1/2012


To-Lucky made an appearance at a PR event for the Avengers on Tuesday.  Source: Daily Sports 7/31/2012

Hiroshima Carp

The Carp recorded their second tie in as many games on Tuesday for the first time since 2002 (August 1 vs Yakult and August 2 vs Yomiuri).  Source: Sponichi 8/1/2012


Takeru Imamura extended his scoreless appearances streak to twenty-four games and set a new franchise record.  Source: Nikkan Sports 7/31/2012