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[11/15/2014] Suzuki Japan All-Star Series: News and Notes

by on Nov.16, 2014 @ 4:11 am, under Samurai Japan

Notes

  • Robinson Cano was removed from Saturday's game after he was hit by a pitch during his third at bat in the 7th inning. John Farrell told reporters it was the right pinky toe. Source: Sponichi 11/15/2014 ... Cano was examined at a hospital in Tokyo and diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture in his right pinky toe. He will require three to four weeks for a full recovery. Source: Sponichi 11/15/2014, MLB.com 11/15/2014
  • Samurai Japan recorded a no-hitter on Saturday. It as the third no-hitter recorded during a Japan-US series. The previous two: 5-0 by the MLB against All-Japan on November 11, 1990 (Game 8) and 2-0 by the Orioles against Yomiuri on November 2, 1971 (Game 7). Source: Daily Sports 11/15/2014
  • Japan will win its first series against the US since Japan went 4-3-1 in 1990. Source: Daily Sports 11/15/2014
  • Nobuhiro Matsuda was issued an intentional walk during Friday's game and became the first Japanese player to record an intentional walk during a Japan-US game since Hideki Matsui in 1996 (Game 5). Source: Sports Hochi 11/15/2014, Sponichi 11/15/2014
  • Yuki Yanagita drove in four runs during Friday's game and became the first Japanese player to record four RBI in a Japan-US game since Hideki Matsui in 1996 (Game 7). Source: Sponichi 11/15/2014
  • Hisashi Iwakuma does not plan on participating in anymore Japan-US games in the future. Before the start, he told reporters he was unprepared and tired. He did not want anyone expecting too much from him. He also said he almost considered turning down the invite to play. Source: Sponichi 11/15/2014, Tokyo Sports 11/14/2014
  • Scouts from about ten MLB teams, including the Blue Jays, Rangers, and Red Sox, were at Friday's game at Tokyo Dome. Source: Daily Sports 11/15/2014, Sports Hochi 11/15/2014, Sponichi 11/15/2014