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[4/29/2013] Yomiuri, Hiroshima, Hanshin

by on Apr.29, 2013 @ 6:01 pm, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

Tetsuya Utsumi turned thirty-one today.

Hiroshima Carp

Kan Otake started feeling tightness in his back before practices on Sunday.  He is not traveling with the team right now -- he stayed back in Hiroshima and the team will monitor him over the next few days before deciding on his status.  There is a chance he will be taken off the active roster.

Source: Daily Sports 4/29/2013

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Kenta Maeda is currently slated to start a game against Hanshin at Koshien on May 1 (Otake's start).  He tossed a bullpen session at Koshien today.

Source: Daily Sports 4/29/2013, Sponichi 4/29/2013

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Fred Lewis became the tenth (five CL, five PL) foreign player, first since Darnell Coles (Chunichin) in 1996, to lead-off a game with their first NPB home run.  He was also a triple away from joining Alex Ochoa as the only players in NPB history to record cycles in both the MLB and NPB.

Source: Sponichi 4/29/2013

Hanshin Tigers

1st round draft pick Shintaro Fujinami won his start on Sunday and became the first rookie drafted out of high school in NPB history, since the start of the draft, to record three victories before the end of April.  He is also just the fifth rookie out of high school since the start of the two league format to win three or more games before the end of April.  The other four: Masatoshi Gondo (four victories in 1953; one in relief), Takao Kajimoto (four victories 1954; none in relief), Hiromasa Ariyoshi (three victories in 1955), Yukio Ozaki (five victories 1962; four in relief).

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/29/2013

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Team owner Nobuo Minami will visit Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Anaheim during his trip to the US.

Source: Sanspo 4/29/2013

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Tsutenkaku has once against extended their free admission offer to visitors named Shintaro or Fujinami -- the offer will be good through to May 5.  So far 142 visitors have taken advantage of the offer (through to Sunday).

Source: Sanspo 4/29/2013