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[10/31/2013] Nippon Series News and Notes

by on Nov.01, 2013 @ 12:21 am, under NPB

Possible Starters for Game 6

Tomoyuki Sugano (Yomiuri) vs Masahiro Tanaka (Rakuten)

Rakuten Eagles

Takahiro Norimoto was in the bullpen for Game 4 and pitched in relief in Game 5.  Masahiro Tanaka was lined up to start Game 6 once Wataru Karashima was named the Game 5 starter.  If the series goes seven, Manabu Mima might be ok to start the game.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/31/2013

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Andruw Jones is the fourth player to hit home runs in both the World Series and the Nippon Series.  The other three: Johnny Logan with the Milwaukee Braves and Nankai Hawks; Roy White with the New York Yankees and Yomiuri Giants; and Hideki Matsui with the Yomiuri Giants and New York Yankees.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2013

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Yu Darvish was a guest commentator for Nippon TV's broadcast of Game 4.  He met Masahiro Tanaka before the game.

Source: Tokyo Sports 10/31/2013

Yomiuri Giants

Scott Mathieson picked up a win on Wednesday and became just the fifth foreign pitcher in franchise history to record a Nippon Series win.  The other three: Clyde Wright (1976, Game 5, starter), Darrell May (2000, Game 6, starter), Dicky Gonzalez (2009, Game 1, starter), Wirfin Obispo (2009, Game 3, starter).

Source: Sanspo 10/31/2013

TV Ratings for Game 4

Sendai Region: average - 40.3%, peak - 49.5%
Kanto Region: average - 20.3%, peak - 30.1%

Source: Daily Sports 10/31/2013, Sponichi 10/31/203

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