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[10/9/2013] Yomiuri Giants, Yakult Swallows, Hanshin Tigers

by on Oct.09, 2013 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

The Giants held a party in Tokyo today to celebrate their CL pennant.  About 1,500 people attended the function.

Source: Sponichi 10/9/2013


The Giants have recorded walk-off victories in their last game of the regular season three years in a row: Hisayoshi Chono in 2011, Kenji Yano in 2012, and Shuichi Murata in 2013.

Source: Sponichi 10/9/2013

Yakult Swallows

Yasuhiro Ogawa is the fourth rookie pitcher to lead the league in wins and winning percentage since the start of the two-league format.  The other three: Isamu Kida in 1980, Hideo Nomo in 1990, and Koji Uehara in 1999.

Source: Daily Sports 10/9/2013


Shinya Miyamoto was tossed into the air by Yomiuri and Yakult players after Tuesday's game against the Yomiuri Giants.  Ryoji Aikawa, Shinnosuke Abe, and Yoshinobu Takahashi organized the surprise mini-celebration.

Source: Sponichi 10/9/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Takashi Toritani joined Taira Fujita (1972-1973) and Masaru Uno (1984-1984) as the only players in NPB history (since the start of the two-league format) to play every inning of every game at short over two consecutive seasons.  Takuro Ishii (2005-2006) was close, but played a few innings at third in two games in 2006 (April 22 and 23).

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/9/2013


Randy Messenger is the first foreign player in franchise history to win a strikeout title.

Source: Sanspo 10/9/2013