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NPB news: April 12, 2023

Wednesday brought another day in Japanese baseball, and another gem from a rookie pitcher. Two veterans, however, did not get off easy in their league games against Japan WBC teammates. In other surprises, the Chunichi Dragons scored a bunch of runs, the Swallows’ bullpen, unscored upon through 10 games, gave up a bunch, and Lotte’s hefty first baseman Seiya Inoue had a vision of himself that included speed.

Wednesday’s games

Dragons 5, Carp 2: At Nagoya Dome,  Dragons right-hander Koji Fukutani retired the first nine batters before Ryoma Nishikawa singled in two with one out and the bases loaded.

Second-chance draft acquisition Seiya Hosoya singled and scored in the bottom of the fourth on Ryuku Tsuchida sac fly off Atsushi Endo (1-1).

Zoilo Almonte, back in Japan for the first time since he played for the Dragons from 2018 to 2020, homered to lead off the Dragons’ sixth to tie it. Hosoya doubled and scored on a Takumi Kinoshita single, and new import Aristedes Aquino made it 5-2 with a two-run pinch-hit home run. Raidel Martinez earned his third save.

Dragons-Carp highlights

Tigers 2, Giants 1, 10-innings: At Tokyo Dome, rookie right-hander Shoki Murakami retired all 21 batters he faced, but failed to earn his first win as a pro. He was pulled for a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning, and his replacement, Daichi Ishii surrendered the lead on Kazuma Okamoto’s first home run.

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NPB news: Dec. 12, 2022

There was more free agent news on Monday, when we also learned that the park that wasn’t built exactly right according to Nippon Professional Baseball may not need to be remodeled after the 2023 season after all because Japan’s application of rules resembles nothing so much as it does a game of telephone.

One comes and one goes

On Friday, SoftBank Hawks ace Kodai Senga reached an agreement on a five-year $75 million deal with the New York Mets, according to MLB.com. The Hawks don’t get a penny because posting is not in their business plan, but like the Mets, a few million dollars here and there isn’t going to cause the too much grief.

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