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[10/28/2013] Nippon Series News and Notes

by on Oct.29, 2013 @ 3:51 am, under NPB

Announced Starters for Game 3

Manabu Mima (Rakuten) vs Toshiya Sugiuchi (Yomiuri)

Yomiuri Giants

There will be no same-day tickets for Games 3 through 5 at Tokyo Dome.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/28/2013

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Daisuke Nakai joined Ichi-gun workouts at Tokyo Dome on Monday.  He hurt his left knee in August and told reporters he was fully healed and ready to go.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/28/2013

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Toshiya Sugiuchi tossed a bullpen session on Sunday.

Source: Sanspo 10/28/2013

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Tomoyuki Sugano is the third rookie in franchise history to start a Nippon Series game.  The other two: Tsuneo Horiuchi in 1966 (loss) and Hisanori Takahashi in 2000 (win).

Source: Sanspo 10/28/2013

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The Giants had scouts working on a full report on Masahiro Tanaka since August.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/28/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Andruw Jones took some fielding practice in left during workouts at Tokyo Dome on Monday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/28/2013

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Manabu Mima threw fifty-four pitches in the bullpen on Sunday.

Source: Sanspo 10/28/2013

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Masahiro Tanaka is the third pitcher in Nippon Series history to record at least on strikeout in every inning of a game.  The other two: Takashi Nishimoto (Game 2 in 1981) and Takayuki Kishi (Game 4 in 2008).  He is the seventh player to strike out twelve or more hitters in one Nippon Series game, first since Yu Darvish struck out thirteen in 2007 (Game 1).  He is also just the second pitcher to start a Nippon Series game after going undefeated in a season while pitching in enough innings to qualify for pitching titles.  The other pitcher: Shigekuni Mashiba in 1981.  Of the two, only Tanaka recorded a Nippon Series win.

The Eagles are the first team to have two pitchers record ten or more strikeouts in back-to-back Nippon Series games.

Source: Sponichi 10/28/2013

TV Ratings

Game 1

Sendai Region - average: 41.2%, peak: 51.8%
Kanto Region - average: 22.5%, peak: 36.7%
Kansai Region - average: 20.0%

Game 2

Sendai Region - average: 40.2%, peak: 50.3%
Kanto Region - average: 20.3%, peak: 30.7%
Kansai Region - average: 21.3%

Source: Sanspo 10/28/2013, Daily Sports 10/28/2013