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NPB news: April 2, 2023

Kaima Taira made his first start after asking the team during last winter’s contract negotiations to rescue him from his late relief role, while Yakult’s top draft pick last autumn also made his debut as a starter, while Hanshin’s top pick also made a little noise, as did the Lotte Marines and Hiroshima Carp, who’d been shut out in their first two games, and one of Japan’s two rookie managers got his first win.

Sunday saw Japan firsts for Matt Davidson, David McKinnon and Marwin Gonzalez, and the weird timing to call for a pinch-hitter by a manager other than Tatsunori Hara, so let’s get to it.

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Giants 3, Dragons 2: At Tokyo Dome, Yoshihiro Maru cracked his first home run to break a 2-2 eighth-inning tie, and Taisei Ota, who was unavailable due to “lack of fitness” after the WBC when Yomiuri blew a ninth-inning lead on Opening Day, recorded his first save as the Giants scored without much help from Sho Nakata. After driving in all of the Giants’ five runs in their first two games, Nakata was held to a walk in four plate appearances.

Yoshihiro Maru’s tie-breaking home run.
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NPB News: April 13, 2022

The coronavirus is marching through the NPB schedule like William Tecumseh Sherman’s road trip through Georgia. Although no additional games were canceled Wednesday, the Hanshin Tigers lost their scheduled starting pitchers for Thursday, Masashi Ito, and Friday, Shintaro Fujinami.

Meanwhile, Tsuyoshi Shinjo and the Nippon Ham Fighters put their only winning streak on the line at Seibu Dome, where they come face to face with “the whip.”

Ready to go? Let’s get started.

Lions 4, Fighters 3: At Seibu Dome, Junichiro Kishi singled and scored on a first-inning Brian O’Grady double off right-hander Kazuaki Tateno (1-1). Wu Nien-ting then singled in O’Grady for a 2-0 Lions lead.

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