All-Star News and Notes from July 21:
- Game 3 starters: Atsushi Nomi for the Central League and Hiroshi Kisanuki for the Pacific League. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/20/2013
- Yasuhiro Ogawa is the eighth rookie (accomplished nine times) to record a victory during an All-Star series, first since Koji Uehera in 1999 (Game 1). He joined Kenichi Kajima (two victories in 1977) as the only pitchers in Swallows franchise history to record victory during an All-Star Series. At twenty-three years and two months, he is also the youngest pitcher in Yakult franchise history to record an All-Star victory since Masaichi Kaneda won a game in 1957 at the age of twenty-three years and eleven months. Source: Sanspo 7/21/2013, Sponichi 7/21/2013
- Four rookie pitchers made an appearance in Saturday's All-Star game and tied the All-Star record set in 1970 (Game 3, one CL and three PL). Saturday's game was the first in All-Star history to feature four rookie pitches from the same league. Source: Sponichi 7/21/2013
- Hayato Sakamoto has won a Fighting Spirit Award (Kantosho) during the All-Star series three years in a row. He also joined Shigeo Nagashima, Sadaharu Oh, Isao Shibata, and Hideki Matsui as the only players in Giant franchise history to record two All-Star modashos (three hits or more in a game). Source: Sanspo 7/21/2013
- Shintaro Fujinami joined Tsuneo Horiuchi (1966) and Yutaka Entasu (1967) as the only pitchers out of high school in CL history to pitch in an All-Star game. Source: Sports Hochi 7/21/2013
- Shohei Otani became the first rookie out of high school to bat lead-off in an All-Star game on Saturday. Source: Sports Hochi 7/21/2013 ... He is also the fourth rookie out of high school to record a hit in an All- Star game, first since Kazuyoshi Tatsunami in 1988 (Game 1); second rookie out of high school to record an extra base, first since Kazuhiro Kiyohara hit a home run in 1986 (Game 2). He joined Shigeo Nagashima (Games 1 and 2 in 1958), Akinobu Okada (Game 3 in 1980), Tatsunori Hara (Games 1-3 in 1981), and Yoshinobu Takahashi (Games 1 and 2 in 1998) as the fifth rookie in All-Star history to bat lead-off, first for a rookie out of high school. Source: Sponichi 7/21/2013 ... Otani told reporters that if he manages to win an award for Game 3, he will consider donating all or a portion of the award money. Source: Sponichi 7/21/2013
- Takahiro Arai is the first Hanshin play to win an All-Star MVP since Atsushi Fujimoto in 2006 (Game 2). Source: Daily Sports 7/21/2013
- Taichi Ishiyama was caught off-guard when he was called on to pitch in Game 2 on Saturday because he was not scheduled to make an appearance -- he was notified of his outing while getting a massage in the clubhouse in the middle of the 2nd inning. Source: Sanspo 7/21/2013
- Matt Murton approached Nobuhiro Matsuda during PL pre-game batting practice on Saturday to exchange ideas on hitting. "Matsuda is a good hitter. I was curious about his swing, so I went over to ask him about it," said Murton to reporters. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/21/2013
- Kodai Senga struck out five in two innings on Saturday. He was the first pitcher to strike out three in one All-Star inning since Shintaro Ejiri in 2011 (Game 3); first to strike out five in one All-Star game since Daisuke Matsuzaka in 1999 (Game 1); first to strike out five in two All-Star innings since Kimiyasu Kudo in 1991 (Game 1); and first to strike out four in a row in an All-Star game since Yukihiro Nishizaki in 1988 (Game 3). Source: Nikkan Sports 7/21/2013
- At the age of forty-two years and six months, Motonobu Tanishige became the oldest catcher to play out a full All-Star game. He also became the second oldest player to play out a full All-Star game behind Hiromitsu Ochiai in 1996 (Game 1, forty-two years and seven months). Source: Nikkan Sports 7/21/2013
- The Pacific League holds the series lead, 78-74-10.
Sanspo has posted a portion of Shintaro Fujinami's post-game interview with the media:
What did Nishioka think [of your slow pitch]?
Tsuyoshi-san was happy about so I am glad. I got a touch of the yips because throwing a slow pitch all of a sudden can make it difficult to throw strikes.
You must have felt pretty relaxed if you were able to do that.
I did not feel nervous, but I was pressing a bit.
You managed to strike out [Sho] Nakata after that.
Well, he swung at pitches out of the zone after I fell behind 3-1. I think it was intentional, but I am glad I did not issue a walk.
You started throwing from the set position partway through.
I had a had time throwing strikes and was not sure what to do. I struggled with my grip during my bullpen session and I had to prepare a little differently [for this game]. I suppose I had a hard time adjusting to the different situation... The All-Star atmosphere was also different. I was pressing the entire time.
The cheers were very loud.
I suppose. The fans had high expectations. I do not think I came through, but it was nice to receive so much support.
How do you grade your outing today?
About a twenty percent.
Source: Sanspo 7/21/2013