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[2/1/2014] Yokohama Bay Stars News and Notes

by on Feb.02, 2014 @ 2:51 am, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

February 1

  • Daisuke Miura - sixty-three pitches
  • Hisanori Takahashi - forty-seven pitches; mostly fastballs; with an umpire calling balls and strikes
  • Yasutomo Kubo - fifty-three pitches
  • 2nd round draft pick Shingo Hirata - sixty pitches

Source: Daily Sports 2/1/2014, Daily Sports 2/1/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/1/2014, Sanspo 2/1/2014, Sponichi 2/1/2014

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Daisuke Miura left the hotel at 6:15am on Saturday for his morning walk (about thirty minutes).  He plans to hold similar walks everyday during spring camp (not including off-days).

Source: Sponichi 2/1/2014

Miura stayed back in the bullpen after his session to watch other pitchers.  During pre-practice shout-outs, he said he wanted to win one more championship before retiring and asked for everyone's cooperation.

Source: Daily Sports 2/1/2014

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Team owner Makoto Haruta was at the first day of spring camp on Saturday.

Source: Sanpo 2/1/2014

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Takayuki Kajitani is still making his way back from a surgery he had in December last year to correct a blood circulation problem in his left index finger.  He will most likely take things slow during the first block of spring camp.

Source: Daily Sports 2/1/2014

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Kiyoshi Nakahata is planning to wear sunglasses during spring camp this year to keep the sunlight out of his eyes.  But there is also a secondary reason: he does not want players to know where he is looking during workouts.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2014

Nakahata left the hotel at 8:30am on Saturday and spent about twenty minutes walking near the water.

Source: Sponichi 2/1/2014

Nakahata hit grounders to a number of players, including Tony Blanco, during workouts on Saturday.

Source: Sanspo 2/1/2014

[12/25/2013] Hisanori Takahashi signs two-year deal with the Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Dec.25, 2013 @ 10:34 pm, under NPB
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The Yokohama Bay Stars signed Hisanori Takahashi (38) to a two-year deal worth an estimated sixty million yen a year plus incentives.  The Bay Stars will introduce Takahashi during a press conference on the 26th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/25/2013

[UPDATE 12/26 @ 5:11pm]

The Bay Stars held a press conference for Takahashi today.

His two-year deal is reportedly worth an estimated total 100 million yen plus incentives.

Takahashi considered retirement at one point, but changed his mind after thinking about it and talking things through with people around.

Source: Sponichi 12/26/2013Sponichi 12/26/2013, Daily Sports 12/26/2013

[UPDATE 12/27 @ 3:03pm]

Takahashi's interaction with the media

Your impression of the Bay Stars.

The players have changed since I last played in Japan, but I thought they had a good line-up.  I did well against Yokohama, so I also thought it might be good to keep them as an opponent.

Is there anything you learned in the United States that might help here?

Not just things I learned in the United States, but the last fourteen years have been good.  I will try to provide the young players with helpful advice.

What kinds of things did you talk about with [Kiyoshi] Nakahata?

He told me to do my best and to just help lead the young team.

What is your impress of Nakahata?

He will say things are going well, even when things are not going well.  He is always looking forward.  I want to try and soak up some of that positive-thinking.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/27/2013

[12/10/2013] Daisuke Matsuzaka, Wei-Ying Chen, Hisanori Takahashi

by on Dec.10, 2013 @ 3:25 pm, under MLB
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The New York Mets could pursue Daisuke Matsuzaka (33).  From the New York Posts' Mike Puma:

... Alderson also still has interest in Daisuke Matsuzaka and is expected to listen on the possibility of adding veteran Freddy Garcia, who has received a minor league offer from the Braves, but is seeking a major league deal.

Source: New York Post 12/9/2013

From Newsday's Marc Carig:

... As for potential fits, Alderson said Daisuke Matsuzaka, 33, is among those on the Mets' list, though the club has had no significant dialogue with his agents. He went 3-3 with a 4.42 ERA last year. He pitched well down the stretch after signing with the Mets in August.

Source: Newsday 12/9/2013

From MLB.com's Anthony DiComo:

... In recapping Day 1 of the Winter Meetings at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort, Alderson mentioned only two potential rotation targets by name: Johan Santana, whose lead agent has been in contact with the Mets, and Daisuke Matsuzaka, who ended last season with the team.

... Matsuzaka, 33, seems safer from a durability standpoint despite his own injury-plagued history. But the right-hander's upside is limited given his 5.41 ERA since 2009. Matsuzaka could not find any team willing to give him a big league contract last winter, and he may be similarly hard-pressed to do so this year.

Source: MLB.com 12/9/2013

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Wei-Ying Chen (28) visited Nagoya Stadium on Monday for the first time since leaving the Chunichi Dragons for the Majors after the 2011 season.  He did some light workouts and spent some time in the training room.  He arrived in Japan on the 8th and will be returning to Taiwan on the 12th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/10/2013Daily Sports 12/10/2013

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The Yakult Swallows are very much interested in Hisanori Takahashi (38).  Takahashi is open to a return to Japan.

Source: Sponichi 12/10/2013

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Yakult senryokugai Itsuki Shoda (32) wants to continue his career.  In addition to playing in Japan, he has also spent time in Taiwan (2010) and the United States (2011).  He is open to playing anywhere in the world.

Source: Sponichi 12/10/2013

[12/5/2013] Shunsuke Watanabe, Hisanori Takahashi

by on Dec.05, 2013 @ 10:35 pm, under MLB, NPB
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A number of MLB teams have shown some interest in Shunsuke Watanabe.  Watanabe is currently working out in the Kanto region.  He is taking one-day off for every three days of workouts.

Source: Sponichi 12/5/2013, Daily Sports 12/5/2013

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The Yakult Swallows and Yokohama Bay Stars are reportedly interested in Hisanori Takahashi.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/5/2013

[12/4/2013] Hisanori Takahashi, Gosuke Katoh, Posting System

by on Dec.04, 2013 @ 11:37 pm, under MLB, NPB
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Hisanori Takahashi returned to Japan on Tuesday and told reporters he was open to returning to Japan next year.

"I do not know whether it will be baseball or yakyu, my agent is handling it for me.  I just want to be ready either way," said Takahashi to reporters.

Source: Sponichi 12/4/2013

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Gosuke Katoh made Topps Short Season-A/Rookie All-Star Team at second base.

Gosuke Katoh (19) of Poway, Calif., paced the Gulf Coast League with a .924 OPS and tied for the league lead with half a dozen homers. The Yankees second baseman hit .310 and was second in the GCL in slugging percentage (.522). Katoh also was among the top 10 in the league in on-base percentage (.402), hits (57) and batting average. The New York Yankees drafted Katoh in the second round out of high school in this year's June Draft.

Source: MLB.com 12/2/2013 via Sponichi 12/4/2013

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The NPB resumed posting system discussions with the MLB today over the telephone.  NPB Secretary General Atsushi Ihara told reporters negotiations were forward moving.  The two sides are scheduled to speak again on Thursday.

Source: NHK 12/4/2013

Prior reports have suggested that the MLB is looking to implement a max threshold of about twenty million US dollars on bids, but the NPB is thought to be seeking a higher limit.

Source: Asahi Shimbun 12/4/2013, Mainichi Shimbun 12/4/2013

[8/30/2013] Norichika Aoki, Hiroyuki Nakajima, Hisanori Takahashi

by on Aug.30, 2013 @ 3:38 pm, under MLB
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From August 29:

Hitters

Player Tm Last Gm Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG Other
Norichika Aoki MIL 8/29 MIL 4
PIT 0
PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .284 Entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Yovani Gallardo in the top of the 8th. G5. ... Did not make the starting line-up for the third time in last seven games because of tendinitis in his right knee. [MLB.com Player News 8/29/2013]
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 8/27 DNP                    
Hiroyuki Nakajima OAK 8/29 FRE 2
SRC 3
3B 4 0 2 1 0 1   .291 Batted second. 1B9, 1B7 (RBI), Ks, G5.
Hirotoshi Onaka TEX 8/28 DNP                    
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 8/28 DNP                    
Gosuke Katoh NYY 8/29 GCLNYY1 3
GCLTOR 8
2B 3 0 0 0 1 3   .310 Batted third. Ks, BB, Ks, Ks.
Kensuke Tanaka SF 8/29 FRE 2
SRC 3
LF 4 0 0 0 0 3   .329 Batted second. Kl, Ks, Ks, G6.

Pitchers

Player Tm Last Gm Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Other
Yu Darvish TEX 8/24 DNP                     Next start: August 30 vs Twins.
Kyuji Fujikawa CHC 5/26 DNP                      
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA 8/27 DNP                     Next start: September 1 vs Astros.
Hiroki Kuroda NYY 8/28 DNP                      
Daisuke Matsuzaka NYM 8/28 DNP                     Next start: September 2 vs Braves.
Toru Murata CLE 8/27 DNP                      
Hideki Okajima OAK 8/27 DNP                      
Hisanori Takahashi COL 8/29 LVG 10
CSP 7
29-21 8 2.0 2 0 0 0 1 0 4.25 Entered the game in the top of the 5th with Colorado Springs down 10-1. Left the game in the top of the 7th Colorado Springs down 10-3.
Yoshinori Tateyama NYY 8/28 DNP                      
Junichi Tazawa BOS 8/24 DNP                      
Koji Uehara BOS 8/28 DNP                      
Tsuyoshi Wada BAL 8/26 DNP                      

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[8/27/2013] Ichiro Suzuki, Tsuyoshi Wada

by on Aug.27, 2013 @ 4:37 pm, under MLB
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From August 26:

Hitters

Player Tm Last Gm Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG Other
Norichika Aoki MIL 8/25 DNP                    
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 8/25 DNP                    
Hiroyuki Nakajima OAK 8/25 DNP                    
Hirotoshi Onaka TEX 8/25 DNP                    
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 8/26 NYY 2
TOR 5
RF/CF 4 0 1 0 0 1 1 .270 Batted eighth. Ks, 1B8, G1, G4. Committed a costly fielding error in the bottom of the 5th. Moved from right to center in the bottom of the 7th.
Gosuke Katoh NYY 8/26 GCLPHI 8
GCLNYY 6
2B 3 0 0 0 2 0   .312 Batted third. G6, BB, BB, L4, F5.
Kensuke Tanaka SF 8/26 FRE 7
SRC 0
LF 3 0 1 1 0 1   .331 Batted second. G5, Kl, 1B6 (PO/CS), HBP. Replaced on defense in the bottom of the 7th.

Pitchers

Player Tm Last Gm Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Other
Yu Darvish TEX 8/24 DNP                     Next start: August 30 vs Twins.
Kyuji Fujikawa CHC 5/26 DNP                      
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA 8/21 DNP                     Next start: August 27 vs Rangers.
Hiroki Kuroda NYY 8/23 DNP                     Next start: August 28 vs Blue Jays.
Daisuke Matsuzaka NYM 8/23 DNP                     Next start: August 28 vs Phillies.
Toru Murata CLE 8/22 DNP                     Next start: August 27 vs Erie.
Hideki Okajima OAK 8/23 DNP                      
Hisanori Takahashi COL 8/26 G2: LVG 10
CSP 9
39-23 11 2.1 4 3 3 0 4 2 4.41 Entered the game in the top of the 3rd with runners on first and second, two out, and Colorado Springs down 6-2. Did not allow either inherited runner to score. Was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the 5th. (WP 1).
Yoshinori Tateyama NYY 8/24 DNP                      
Junichi Tazawa BOS 8/24 DNP                      
Koji Uehara BOS 8/24 DNP                      
Tsuyoshi Wada BAL 8/26 NOR 13
GWI 1
102-68 28 7.0 9 1 1 2 6 0 4.28 Left the game in the bottom of the 8th with Norfolk up 13-1. (W, 5-6).

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[8/24/2013] Norichika Aoki, Hiroki Kuroda, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Kensuke Tanaka

by on Aug.24, 2013 @ 5:10 pm, under MLB
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From August 23:

Hitters

Player Tm Last Gm Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG Other
Norichika Aoki MIL 8/23 MIL 6
CIN 4
RF 4 0 3 1 1 0 0 .282 Batted lead-off. E5t, 1B7 (RBI), 1B7, 1B4, BB.
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 8/23 TOR 4
HOU 12
2B 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .218 Entered the game at second in the bottom of the 7th. G4.
Hiroyuki Nakajima OAK 8/23 G1: SCR 4
CSP 5
2B 2 0 2 1 1 0   .296 Batted seventh. 2B9, 1B8 (RBI), BB.
Hirotoshi Onaka TEX 8/23 AZLTEX 4
AZLSFG 7
RF 4 0 0 0 0 2   .300 Batted seventh. Ks, Kl, F6, F9.
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 8/23 NYY 2
TBR 7
RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .271 Batted sixth. G3, G6, G4, G1.
Gosuke Katoh NYY 8/23 GCLNYY1 3
GCLPIT 7
2B 4 1 2 1 0 1   .325 Batted third. 2B9 (RBI; R), 1B7, Ks, F7.
Kensuke Tanaka SF 8/23 FRE 8
LVG 9
LF 5 2 3 2 1 0   .332 Batted fifth. 1B9 (R), F7, HR9[1] (two RBI), BB, 1B7, F7.

Pitchers

Player Tm Last Gm Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Other
Yu Darvish TEX 8/18 DNP                     Next start: August 24 vs White Sox.
Kyuji Fujikawa CHC 5/26 DNP                      
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA 8/21 DNP                     Next start: August 27 vs Rangers.
Hiroki Kuroda NYY 8/23 NYY 2
TBR 7
104-64 26 6.0 9 7 7 1 3 4 2.71 Left the game in the bottom of the 7th with New York down 7-2. (L, 11-9).
Daisuke Matsuzaka NYM 8/23 DET 6
NYM 1
86-58 22 5.0 6 5 5 1 4 2 9.00 Was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the 5th with New York down 5-1. (L, 0-1). [MLB Highlight, post-game press conference]
Toru Murata CLE 8/22 DNP                      
Hideki Okajima OAK 8/23 G2: SRC 4
CSP 1
14-11 5 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 3.32 Entered the game in the bottom of the 6th with the score tied at one.
Hisanori Takahashi COL 8/23 G2: SRC 4
CSP 1
26-21 8 2.1 2 2 2 0 2 0 4.07 Entered the game in the top of the 6th with a runner on first, one out, and the score tied at one. Left the game in the top of the 8th with runners on first and second, two out, and the score tied at one. Both runners he left on base scored after he left on a three-run home run. (L, 2-1).
Yoshinori Tateyama NYY 8/21 DNP                      
Junichi Tazawa BOS 8/20 DNP                      
Koji Uehara BOS 8/21 DNP                      
Tsuyoshi Wada BAL 8/18 DNP                     Next start: August 25 vs Durham.

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Six MLB teams, including the Yankees and Giants, were at the Lotte-Rakuten game on Friday.

Source: Sponichi 8/24/2013

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[8/20/2013] Norichika Aoki, Daisuke Matsuzaka

by on Aug.20, 2013 @ 3:57 pm, under MLB
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From August 19:

Hitters

Player Tm Last Gm Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG Other
Norichika Aoki MIL 8/19 STL 8
MIL 5
RF 5 1 2 1 0 0 2 .278 Batted lead-off. G4, 1B9, HR9[7] (RBI), G5, L7.
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 8/15 DNP                    
Hiroyuki Nakajima OAK 8/19 TUC 13
SRC 3
2B/SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .289 Batted sixth. F9, F3, Ks, F7. Moved from second to short in the top of the 7th.
Hirotoshi Onaka TEX 8/18 DNP                    
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 8/18 DNP                    
Gosuke Katoh NYY 8/19 GCLNYY1 1
GCLATL 0
2B 3 1 1 0 0 0   .315 Batted third. F8, 1B8 (R), G3.
Kensuke Tanaka SF 8/19 REN 1
FRE 3
LF 3 1 0 0 0 0   .328 Batted sixth. G4, F4, E4t (force; R).

Pitchers

Player Tm Last Gm Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Other
Yu Darvish TEX 8/18 DNP                     Next Start: August 24 vs White Sox.
Kyuji Fujikawa CHC 5/26 DNP                      
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA 8/16 DNP                     Next start: August 21 vs Athletics.
Hiroki Kuroda NYY 8/17 DNP                      
Daisuke Matsuzaka CLE 8/19 NOR 7
COL 2
85-52 22 4.0 8 5 5 3 6 1 3.92 Left the game in the top of the 5th Columbus down 5-0. (L, 5-8).
Toru Murata CLE 8/17 DNP                      
Hideki Okajima OAK 8/19 TUC 13
SRC 3
27-20 7 2.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 3.40 Entered the game in the top of the 7th with Sacramento down 13-2.
Hisanori Takahashi COL 8/19 CSP 0
TAC 1
8-4 2 0.1 0 0 0 1 0 0 3.88 Entered the game in the bottom of the 11th with runners on first and second, one out, and the score tied at zero. He walked the first batter he face to load the bases and allowed the winning run to score on a ground out to short.
Yoshinori Tateyama NYY 8/18 DNP                      
Junichi Tazawa BOS 8/18 DNP                      
Koji Uehara BOS 8/17 DNP                      
Tsuyoshi Wada BAL 8/18 DNP                      

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[8/17/2013] Norichika Aoki, Hiroyuki Nakajima, Ichiro Suzuki, Hisashi Iwakuma

by on Aug.17, 2013 @ 4:50 pm, under MLB
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From August 16:

Hitters

Player Tm Last Gm Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG Other
Norichika Aoki MIL 8/16 CIN 6
MIL 7
RF 5 0 0 0 0 1 1 .276 Batted lead-off. G6, G6, Ks, L8, Fo2.
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 8/15 DNP                   Placed on paternity leave list. Wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a boy, in Toronto.
Hiroyuki Nakajima OAK 8/15 DNP                   From a Susan Slusser tweet on Friday: "#Athletics outright Hiro Nakajima to @RiverCats, which means he is off the 40-man roster. Could be prelude to adding someone to 40-man?" She also tweeted, "...they appear to need a roster spot"
Hirotoshi Onaka TEX 8/16 AZLARI 0
AZLTEX 4
RF 3 2 1 0 1 0   .231 Batted ninth. 1B7 (R), F7, G4 (force; SB[1]; R), BB.
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 8/16 NYY 10
BOS 3
RF 5 1 1 1 0 1 4 .274 Batted seventh. F8, G4, Kl, G4 (force), 1B1 (RBI, R). Five away from 4,000 NPB + MLB hits.
Gosuke Katoh NYY 8/15 DNP                    
Kensuke Tanaka SF 8/16 REN 2
FRE 5
LF 1 0 0 1 2 0   .324 Batted seventh. BB, F7, BB, SF9 (RBI). Replaced on defense in the top of the 8th.

Pitchers

Player Tm Last Gm Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Other
Yu Darvish TEX 8/12 DNP                     Next start: August 18 vs Mariners.
Kyuji Fujikawa CHC 5/26 DNP                      
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA 8/16 SEA 3
TEX 1
94-57 26 7.0 4 1 1 3 8 0 2.95 Left the game in the bottom of the 8th with Seattle up 2-1. (W, 11-6).
Hiroki Kuroda NYY 8/12 DNP                     Next start: August 17 vs Red Sox.
Daisuke Matsuzaka CLE 8/14 DNP                      
Toru Murata CLE 8/10 DNP                     Next start: August 17 vs Reading.
Hideki Okajima OAK 8/15 DNP                      
Hisanori Takahashi COL 8/16 CSP 8
TAC 9
41-26 12 3.0 2 0 0 2 4 0 3.91 Entered the game in the bottom of the 10th with the score tied at six. Left the game in the bottom of the 13th with the score still tied at six. (IBB 1).
Yoshinori Tateyama NYY 8/15 DNP                      
Junichi Tazawa BOS 8/15 DNP                      
Koji Uehara BOS 8/13 DNP                      
Tsuyoshi Wada BAL 8/12 DNP                     Next start: August 18 vs Columbus.

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Seven MLB teams, including the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Giants, and Padres, were at Friday night's Rakuten-Seibu game at Seibu Dome.

Source: Sponichi 8/17/2013

According to Sanspo, eight teams were at the game: Yankees, Red Sox, Angels, Dodgers, Padres, Nationals, Giants, and Braves.

Source: Sanspo 8/17/2013

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Hideki Matsui will reportedly replace Alex Rodriquez's character in the upcoming animated children's film, Henry & Me.

Source: CBS New York 8/14/2013

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Former Yomiuri Giant Hiroki Sanada set a new CPBL record with the Brother Elephants by notching his twenty-seventh hold of the year during a game on the 15th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/17/2013

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