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[7/7/2013] Yakult, Hiroshima, Yokohama

by on Jul.08, 2013 @ 12:37 am, under NPB

Yakult Swallows

Nine of Wladimir Balentien's twenty-eight home runs have come in the fourteen games that 2nd round draft pick Yasuhiro Ogawa has started.

Source: Sanspo 7/7/2013

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Ogawa has nine victories so far.  He has a shot at becoming the first rookie in franchise history to record at least ten victories during the first half of the season since Yoshio Kitagawa in 1959.  His next start will be against Hiroshima at Jingu on the 13th.

Source: Sanspo 7/7/2013

Ogawa is the first pitcher in franchise history to record at least two shutouts in his first year since Tomohito Ito tossed four in 1993.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/7/2013

Hiroshima Carp

Brad Eldred will be demoted because of his recent struggles at the plate -- in his last eighteen trips to the plate: two walks, six strikeouts, and no hits.  Kila Ka'aihue is expected to take Eldred's spot on the active roster.

Source: Sponichi 7/7/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

Tony Blanco hit the Ichiro sign out in left at Tokyo Dome on Saturday.  The reward for reaching the sign: one million yen and a one-year supply of Kirin beer.

"I hope I do not gain too much weight from the beer.  I will use the money to buy a watch," said Blanco.

Source: Sanspo 7/7/2013, Sponichi 7/7/2013