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2003 NPB All-Star Game

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The 2003 NPB All-Star Games were held on July 15 and July 16, 2003. The Central League won once while the other was a tie. Due to injury, Kenjiro Kawasaki didn't pitch any games after he signed a 4-year, 800-million yen contract with the Chunichi Dragons; angry fans decided to satirize him by voting him as the All-Star starter. They were successful, but Kawasaki rejected playing.

Game 1[edit]

Game 1 was held on July 15 at the Osaka Dome with an attendance of 29,797. George Arias's solo homer in the 2nd inning was the first run of this game, and Yoshitomo Tani answered back with a solo homer in the next inning for the PL. The PL then added another three runs by long balls - a solo shot from Kazuo Matsui in the 5th inning and a 2-run homer by Alex Cabrera in the 6th inning. The CL's Shinnosuke Abe then hit a double in the 7th inning, and Yoshinobu Takahashi decreased the PL's lead to one run with a homer. In the 9th inning, Toyohiko Yoshida was on the mound to close the game for the PL. He retired Atsuya Furuta, but Takahashi blasted his 2nd homer of this game to tie it, and he won the MVP. All 8 runs for both sides were scored by homers.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pacific 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 1 4 9 0
Central 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 4 11 0

Players used[edit]

Pacific League Starting Lineup

  1. Kazuo Matsui, SS (Seibu Lions)
  2. Michihiro Ogasawara, 3B (Nippon Ham Fighters)
  3. Tuffy Rhodes, LF (Kintetsu Buffaloes)
  4. Alex Cabrera, 1B (Seibu)
  5. Kenji Johjima, C (Daiei Hawks)
  6. Kazuhiro Wada, DH (Seibu)
  7. Tadahito Iguchi, 2B (Daiei)
  8. Tomochika Tsuboi, RF (Nippon Ham)
  9. Yoshitomo Tani, CF (Orix BlueWave)

Backups Used

Manager

Coaches

Central League Starting Lineup

  1. Makoto Imaoka, 2B (Hanshin Tigers)
  2. Tomohiro Nioka, SS (Yomiuri Giants)
  3. Tomoaki Kanemoto, LF (Hanshin)
  4. Alex Ramirez, DH (Yakult Swallows)
  5. George Arias, 3B (Hanshin)
  6. Kosuke Fukudome, RF (Chunichi Dragons)
  7. Shinjiro Hiyama, 1B (Hanshin)
  8. Akihiro Yano, C (Hanshin)
  9. Norihiro Akahoshi, CF (Hanshin)

Backups Used

Manager

Coaches

Umpires[edit]

Game 2[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Central 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 5 10 1
Pacific 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 3 8 0

The second game was held on July 16 at Zozo Marine Stadium with an attendance of 25,108. Tomoaki Kanemoto opened the game with a solo shot in the first inning, and he added another in the 3rd inning to win the MVP. The PL's Cabrera roared back with a solo homer in the 4th inning, but Kanemoto soon drove in the 3rd run for the CL with a sacrifice fly in the 5th inning. The home run contest continued as Arias crushed a solo shot in the 6th inning, then Ogasawara and Cabrera both homered in the 6th inning to decrease the CL's lead to 2 runs. However, they couldn't score after this inning, and the CL took the series.

Players used[edit]

Central League Starting Lineup

  1. Imaoka, 2B
  2. Tatsunami, 3B
  3. Kanemoto, LF
  4. Ramirez, DH
  5. Takahashi, RF
  6. Arias, 1B
  7. Hiyama, CF
  8. Furuta, C
  9. Fujimoto, SS

Backups Used

Pacific League Starting Lineup

  1. Muramatsu, CF
  2. Ogasawara, 3B
  3. Rhodes, DH
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Johjima, C
  6. Wada, LF
  7. Tsuboi, RF
  8. Iguchi, 2B
  9. Kosaka, SS

Backups Used

Umpires[edit]

  • Sasaki (Home), Nakamura (1B), Nishimoto (2B), Kodera (3B), Watarida (LF), Akimura (RF)

Sources[edit]

Nippon Professional Baseball's All-Star Game

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