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[6/29/2013] Chunichi, Hanshin, Yokohama

by on Jun.29, 2013 @ 11:49 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Motonobu Tanishige has caught three no-hitters over his career: Kenshin Kawakami on August 1, 2002; Masahiro Yamamoto on September 16, 2006; and Daisuke Yamai on June 28, 2013.  The NPB high of four is held by Kazuo Satake (once with Taiyo and three times with Kokutestu) and Hiromi Wada (four times with Nishitetsu).  Satake also has the CL high with three.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/29/2013

Hanshin Tigers

The Tigers decided to shuffle 1st round draft pick Shintaro Fujinami's schedule by moving his next start from Sunday to some time during an upcoming three-game series against the Yomiuri Giants that begins on July 2.

"We want to mix things up a bit.  [Pitching on Sundays] means a lot of day games," said pitching coach Kiyooki Nakanishi.

He continued, "It will be good for him to get a better idea for what it means to pitch against the Giants.  He has more to gain, even if he gets hit."

Source: Sponichi 6/29/2013

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Hayata Ito took about forty minutes of extra fielding practice in the outfield before the start of pre-game practices on Friday.  He also stayed back after the game for an extra forty minutes to work on his swing (he checked video from the game and practiced his swing in front of a mirror).  First to the park, last to leave.

Source: Sanspo 6/29/2013

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The Tigers lead the NPB with five pitchers that have recorded at least one save so far this year: Yasutomo Kubo (six), Yuya Ando (one), Kazuya Tsutsui (one), Shinobu Fukuhara (one), and Kosuke Kato (one).  The last time they had this many was in 2006: Kyuji Fujikawa (seventeen), Tomoyuki Kubota (sixteen), Jeff Williams (three), Darwin Cubillan (two), and Makoto Yoshino (one).

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/29/2013

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Matt Murton's parents arrived in Japan on the 26th.  They were at Friday night's game.

Through Friday, Murton is 38-for-106 with four home runs and nineteen RBI at Koshien.

Source: Sanspo 6/29/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

Tony Blanco stayed back for about forty minutes of extra batting practice after Friday night's no-hit loss to the Chunichi Dragons.

Source: Sanspo 6/29/2013