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[6/6/2013] Yomiuri, Hiroshima, Hanshin

by on Jun.06, 2013 @ 6:09 pm, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

Ni-gun practices begin at 9:30am.  When Michihiro Ogasawara was down at Ni-gun, he woke up at 5:45am every day and spent about an hour traveling to the Ni-gun facilities in Kawasaki from his home in Ichikawa, Chiba.  He was always the first at the stadium and usually began his workouts by himself before 8:00am.

Source: Sanspo 6/6/2013

Ogasawara collected a pinch-hit walk-off home run on Wednesday.  That gave him three walk-off home runs (August 7, 2005 vs Seibu, September 10, 2010 vs Hiroshima, June 5, 2013 vs Nippon Ham) and two pinch-hit home runs (July 7, 1998 vs Kintetsu) over his career.

Thirteen players, including Ogasawara, have hit fourteen pinch-hit walk-off home runs in franchise history.

Only two pinch-hit walk-off home runs have been hit during Inter-league play in NPB history: Masaaki Koike's pinch-hit walk-off home run against Orix on June 19, 2011 and Ogasawara's on Wednesday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/6/2013

At thirty-nine years and seven months, Ogasawara set a new franchise record for oldest player to hit a walk-off home run.  The previous record of thirty-seven years and four months was set by Shigeo Nagashima on July 16, 1973.  Yoshiyuki Iwamoto set the NPB record of forty-four years and one month on April 19, 1956.

Source: Sponichi 6/6/2013

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Former Yomiuri Giant batting practice pitcher Hideyuki Hirata died of lung cancer on April 2.  He was fifty-eight.

Hirata was originally drafted by the Hiroshima Carp in 1976 and spent one year in the organization before a trade sent him to Lotte.  He retired two years later in 1981.

Source: Sanspo 6/6/2013

Hiroshima Carp

The Carp had moth problems during the game on Wednesday.

Source: Sanspo 6/6/2013, Sponichi 6/6/2013

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Kenta Maeda played some catch on Wednesday for the second time since he was taken off the active roster with pain in his right side.  He threw the ball at a distance of about forty meters.

"I feel no pain," said Maeda.  "They stopped me before things got bad.  I plan to return in the shortest amount of time."

Source: Daily Sports 6/5/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Blaine Boyer is scheduled to pitch in Ni-gun games on the 7th and 9th (both against Softbank).  If he pitches well, he could be called up in time for the Nippon Ham series that begins on the 12th.

Source: Sanspo 6/6/2013, Daily Sports 6/6/2013

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After Wednesday's game, the uniform number seven has recorded the most number of hits in franchise history: 5,790.  Second most is the number six at 5,789.

Source: Sponichi 6/6/2013

General

Three Central League teams recorded walk-off victories on Wednesday night (Yomiuri, Hanshin, Chunichi).  The last time three teams finished with walk-off victories in one day was on July 5, 2011 (CL two and PL one).  This was the second time it happened during Inter-league play (June 17, 2007 = Nippon Ham, Seibu, Orix) and the first time all three winning teams were from the CL.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/6/2013

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The Eastern League announced today that the Futures team will play three games against a mixed Shikoku Island League plus team next month: July 2 at Ageo Municipal Stadium and July 3, 4 at Omiya Park Stadium.  Admission will be free.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/6/2013