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[7/3/2013] Yakult, Hanshin, Yokohama

by on Jul.03, 2013 @ 6:32 pm, under NPB

Yakult Swallows

Wladimir Balentien is prepping his swing a little earlier this year to get a better look at the ball.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/3/2013

Balentien has a shot at joining Orestes Destrade (1990-1992) as the only foreign players in NPB history to win three home run titles in a row.

Source: Sponichi 7/3/2013

Hanshin Tigers

1st round draft pick Shintaro Fujinami threw about forty pitches in the bullpen at Koshien on Tuesday.

Source: Daily Sports 7/3/2013

Fujinami's start today was rained out and will not be rescheduled to Thursday -- Jason Standridge has already been announced as the starter.

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Takashi Toritani played in his 1,247th consecutive game on Tuesday and moved into sole possession of fourth on the all-time list.  The streak began in his first year on September 9, 2004.

Source: Sponichi 7/3/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

2nd round draft pick Kazuki Mishima struck out ten hitters in Tuesday's game against the Yakult Swallows and became the first rookie pitcher in franchise history to record double-digit strikeouts in a game since Takeo Kawamura in 1997.

Source: Sanspo 7/3/2013