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[4/10/2013] Yomiuri, Chunichi, Yakult, Yokohama

by on Apr.10, 2013 @ 6:03 pm, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

The Giants seven-game winning streak (7-0-1) to start the season ended on Tuesday with a 2-0 shutout loss to Hanshin.  Yomiuri is the twelfth team in NPB history to begin the season with a seven or more game winning streak.  They are also the third team to have their streak end with a shutout.  The other two: Hanshin's seven-game winning streak ended with a 4-0 shutout loss to Hankyu on May 15, 1938; Seibu's eight-game winning streak ended with a 5-0 shutout loss to Kintentsu on April 19, 1991.

Source: Sponichi 4/10/2013

Chunichi Dragons

Takeshi Yamasaki is getting extra work at Ni-gun.  He got a pinch-hit at bat in a Ni-gun game against Hiroshima on Tuesday and grounded out to third.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/10/2013

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Masahiro Yamamoto set some records on Tuesday night:

- At forty-seven years and seven months, he is the third oldest pitcher in NPB history (first in the CL; extended his own record) to pitch in a game.  The other two: Shinji Hamazaki at forty-eight years and ten months with Hankyu in 1950 and Yoshio Yuasa at forty-eight years and one month with Mainichi in 1950.
- Second oldest pitcher in NPB history to record a victory.  The other: Hamazaki at forty-eight years and four months on May 7, 1950.
- Oldest pitcher in NPB history to win a game he started (extended his own record).
- Moved into sole possession of second with twenty-seven active years of service (first in CL).  Kimiyasu Kudo holds first with twenty-nine years.

Source: Sponichi 4/10/2013

Yakult Swallows

Ryo Hidaka was taken off the active roster on the 6th with pain in his left elbow.  He is scheduled to have the elbow examined at a hospital on Thursday.

Source: Sanspo 4/10/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

When Kan Otake (Hiroshima) hit a grounder to Takehiro Ishikawa in the 3rd inning with two out and the bases loaded on Tuesday night, he turned to second to get the final out of the inning.  One problem: Takayuki Kajitani was not at second to take the throw.  Ishikawa quickly recovered and made the throw to first, but it was too late: two runs scored and Otake was safe at first.  The inning continued and three more runs scored before the end of the inning.

Kajitani was shipped off to Ni-gun today for his inability to cover second.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/9/2013