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[7/1/2013] Yomiuri, Chunichi, Hiroshima, Hanshin, Yokohama

by on Jul.01, 2013 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

At forty years and four months, Yoshitomo Tani became just the second player in franchise history to bat lead-off in a game in his forties.  The other was Yuko Minamimura in 1957 -- his last game as a lead-off hitter was on June 15, 1957 at the age of forty years and one month.

Minamimura batted lead-off in four games in 1957 and went 1-for-13 with no RBI.

Source: Sponichi 7/1/2013

Chunichi Dragons

The Dragons will sell a number of items commemorating Daisuke Yamai's recent no-hitter -- t-shirt, tote bag, and a replica autographed ball.  The merchandise will become available on the 3rd.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/1/2013

Hiroshima Carp

Kenta Maeda is not scheduled to earn his international FA option until after the 2017 season (assuming he does not miss any time until then).

Source: Sanspo 7/1/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Daiki Enokida started a Ni-gun game against Hiroshima on Sunday and gave up four runs (two earned) on six hits over three innings of work.  He walked one, hit one, and struck out none.  Assuming no problems, he should get an Ichi-gun start on July 6 against Hiroshima (at Mazda Stadium).

Source: Sanspo 7/1/2013


Matt Murton is in the final year of a two-year deal.  The Tigers understand that he is still interested in playing in the Majors and MLB teams are showing interest in him again this year.  In an effort to improve their chances at keeping the thirty-one-year-old outfielder in Japan for a bit longer, the front office is planning to begin contract extension talks with his agent before the season ends.

Source: Sanspo 7/1/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

Norihiro Nakamura moved into sole possession of third on the all-time list for walk-off hits with his sixteenth on Sunday.  That trails Kazuhiro Kiyohara's twenty and Katsuya Nomura's nineteen.  Sadaharu Oh is now in fourth with fifteen.

Source: Sponichi 7/1/2013

At thirty-nine years and eleven months, Nakamura also set a new franchise record for oldest player to collect a walk-off hit.  The previous record of thirty-nine years and five months was set by Riichi Kodama on August 3, 1958.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/1/2013