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[6/28/2013] Yomiuri, Chunichi, Hanshin

by on Jun.28, 2013 @ 6:18 pm, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

Shinnosuke Abe notched his twentieth home run of the season on Thursday.  That gave him seven consecutive seasons of at least twenty home runs and nine seasons of at least twenty over his career.

Seven or more consecutive seasons of at least twenty home runs, franchise history: Sadaharu Oh with nineteen (1962-1980), Tatsunori Hara with twelve (1981-1992), Hideki Matsui with nine (1994-2002).

Seven or more consecutive seasons of at least twenty home runs, NPB catchers: Katsuya Nomura with seventeen (1957-1973), Koichi Tabuchi with seven (1972-1978*).

Nine or more seasons of at least twenty home runs, franchise history: Oh with nineteen, Shigeo Nagashima with thirteen, Hara with twelve, Matsui with nine.

Nine or more seasons of at least twenty home runs, NPB catchers: Nomura with eighteen, Tabuchi with nine*.

* Tabuchi's years with Seibu ars not included because he spent a lot of time as a DH.  If you do include the Seibu years = nine consecutive seasons with at least twenty and thirteen seasons of at least twenty.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/28/2013, Sponichi 6/28/2013

Chunichi Dragons

Takuya Asao pitched in a Ni-gun game against Orix on Thursday.  He entered the game in the 8th and gave up a run (unearned) on one hit over an inning of work.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/28/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Daiki Enokida was scheduled to throw eighty to one-hundred pitches during his Ni-gun start on Thursday, but was limited to just eighteen because of some discomfort in his left elbow.

Source: Sanspo 6/28/2013

If Enokida is not able to make his next start on July 3 against the Yomiuri Giants, Takumi Akiyama could instead get the start -- he was scratched from his Ni-gun start against Hiroshima on Saturday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/28/2013, Daily Sports 6/28/2013, Sponichi 6/28/2013

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Takahiro Arai stayed back after general practices on Thursday for extra workouts -- he spent forty minutes working on his swing with batting coach Jitsuo Mizutani and twenty minutes running extra dashes.

"I talked to coach Mizutani about [taking extra batting practice] today.  Things are not going well, but they also are not going horribly.  It is not like I am swinging at balls out of the strike zone, so things are not that bad.  These things come in waves.  How small or large the waves are depends on how well you adjust.  For me, I need to swing the bat to get myself going.  Today was a good day," said Arai about his workouts.

Source: Sponichi 6/28/2013

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Akihito Fujii took batting practice on Thursday for the first time in four days.

Source: Sanspo 6/28/2013