JAPAN – The Yomiuri Giants star shortstop Hayato Sakamoto broke a Central League record for most consecutive games reaching base to start the season. The old record was 35 consecutive games.
Sakamoto delivered a first inning single in the Giants 4-1 loss to the Yakult Swallows to extend his on base streak to start the season to 36 games, breaking the old record held by Tomoaki Kanemoto back in 1997. The NBP record is 40 games set by Steve Ontiveros in 1983.
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