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NPB Bullet Points: Darvish K's 1000, Iwakuma Throws 147, Kanemoto Still Runs

by Patrick Newman (Apr 26, 2011)

News and notes from around NPB. Japanese links only tonight.

  • Yu Darvish recorded his 1000th career strikeout on the 26th, picking up the win over Softbank. Darvish reached the milestone in 1058.2 innings pitched, the seventh fastest pace in NPB history.
  • Darvish didn't have the top game of the night though, as Hisashi Iwakuma struck out 13 Seibu Lions, going the distance for a 147 pitch shutout.
  • Veteran Hanshin slugger Tomoaki Kanemoto became the oldest player to steal a base in NPB history, when he swiped second in the eight in against Hiroshima on the 27. "Aniki" is 43 years and 23 days old.
  • Yokohama is bringing back lefty Stephen Randolph. Randolph worked out for the BayStars following the placement of Brent Leach on the restricted list.\
  • Daily Sports reports that Brian Bannister has informed the Yomiuri Giants that he has no plans to pitch in the US or Japan this season.
  • Television ratings for Yuki Saito's pro debut on the 17th peaked at 29.4% of Hokkaido homes, the highest ever for a regular season Nippon Ham Fighters game.
  • Now on sale at the Lotteria in Chiba's QVC Marine Field: Saburo Burgers.
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