NPB Update

Some bullet points on the NPB after the fourth day of the season.

For the first time in NPB history the teams in the Pacific League have gone without a homerun. Counter to that for the first time ever for a foreign player in his first season in the NPB Dayan Viciedo hit a homerun in each of his first three games. After four games Viciedo is hitting .563, leading the Central League.

Shohei Otani made his hitting debut at the DH spot in the fourth game of the season after losing on the mound on opening day. He went 2 for 3 with a homerun and five RBIs, ending the Pacific League homerless drought. Included in that line was a sacrifice fly. His homerun was a three run blast and he contributed an RBI single in the five run sixth as Nippon Ham Fighters ripped the Orix Buffaloes 13-3.

Tsuyoshi Wada made his return to the NPB and lost in his opener to the Seibu Lions 6-2. The Lion bats seemed to find his pitches quite inviting slapping Wada around for 10 hits and four runs in just six innings. Takeya Nakamura and Hideto Asamura each got two hits against him while both players finished the day with four hits in five at bats.

The Yomiuri Giants have started out the season 4-0, sweeping the defending Central League champion Yakult Swallows in three games. Yakult has stumbled to 0-4 to start the season.

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