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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

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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

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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

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

Source: Sanspo 10/9/2013