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[3/29/2013] Yomiuri, Chunichi, Hanshin, Yokohma

by on Mar.29, 2013 @ 5:31 pm, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

Ryosuke Miyaguni could become the first pitcher in franchise history to win an opening day game in his twenties since Sadao Kondo in 1946.

Source: Sanspo 3/29/2013

At twenty years and eleven months, he will be the second youngest player in franchise history to start an opening day game.  The other, at twenty years and zero months, is Masumi Kuwata.

Source: Sponichi 3/29/2013

Chunichi Dragons

This will be Motonobu Tanishige's twenty-fifth season.  He has played in twenty-three of the past twenty-five opening day games (he did not play in 1989 and 1993) and has made the starting line-up in twenty straight (twenty-two in all).

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/29/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Randy Messenger will be the third foreign pitcher in franchise history, first since Matt Keough in 1987, to get an opening day start.  If he wins, he will be the first foreign pitcher in franchise history to do so since Gene Bacque in 1965.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/29/2013

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Sankei Sports will once against give away coupons for free Yoshinoya beef bowls based on Matt Murton's performance at the plate: for every multi-hit game he records this season, five Sankei Sports readers will get coupons for ten regular sized beef bowls and an autographed photo.  A modasho or a home run will result in an added bonus prize for one lucky winner: a personalized Hanshin rice bowl.

Source: Sanspo 3/29/2013

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Yutaka Wada took 1st round draft pick Shintaro Fujinami out to a sushi dinner after the two attended the CL fan meeting on the 25th.

Source: Sanspo 3/29/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

Shugo Fujii has not tossed a complete game of his last 103 appearances.  His last complete game came on September 10, 2006.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/29/2013

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Tony Blanco took forty swings during batting practice on Thursday and hit four over the fence.

Source: Sanspo 3/29/2013

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Former diana members will open a cheerleading school for girls in April.

Source: Sponichi 3/29/2013

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