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[7/17/2013] Yakult Swallows, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jul.17, 2013 @ 6:48 pm, under NPB

Yakult Swallows

The Swallows will end the first-half in last place for the first time since 1986.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/16/2013

Hanshin Tigers

The Tigers are planning to play an intra-squad game at Koshien during the All-Star break on the 21st.  Ichi-gun middle-relievers and starting pitchers currently at Ni-gun -- like Minoru Iwata, Takumi Akiyama, Ken Nishimura, and Tomoyuki Kubota -- will likely have opportunities to pitch during the game.  The Tigers are hoping to find a sixth starter for the beginning of the second-half.

The top candidate right now might be Iwata -- he started a Ni-gun game against Orix on Tuesday and allowed one run on six hits (no walks) over six innings and struck out three.

Source: Sanspo 7/17/2013

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Tsuyoshi Nishioka became the 273rd player in NPB history to reach the 1,000 hit milestone during Tuesday night's game against the Yomiuri Giants -- he recorded the hit in the 2nd inning off Tomoyuki Sugano.  Nishioka picked up his first hit on June 28, 2003.

The Tigers have already started selling some merchandise to commemorate the milestone.

Source: Sponichi 7/16/2013, Nikkan Sports 7/16/2013

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Kosuke Kato relieved Jason Standridge in the 7th inning of Tuesday night's game against Yomiuri and was replaced after throwing just one pitch (result: game-tying two-run double).  He ended up getting the loss because the runner he allowed later crossed the plate as the go-ahead run.

Kato became the twenty-fifth pitcher in NPB history (accomplished twenty-six times) -- first since Hitoshi Fujie on October 7, 2012 -- to lose a game on one pitch.  Eleven of the pitchers have been from the CL.  Kato was the first in franchise history.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/17/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

The Bay Stars will not end the first-half in last place for the first time since 2007.

Source: Sanspo 7/17/2013

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