[5/11/2016] Yu Sato wins first game

Yu Sato won his start against the Yokohama Bay Stars on May 10 and became the fifteenth rookie in franchise history to win his first Ichi-gun game, first since Kenshin Kawakami on April 9, 1998. Of the fifteen, Tsutomu Ina (August 16, 1953), Hiroshi Gondo (April 9, 1961), and Sato are the only ones to pick up their first victories in starts on the road.

Number of Central League Rookies that Won their First Games since 2000

Yakult Hiroshima Yomiuri Hanshin Yokohama Chunichi
5 5 3 3 3 1

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/11/2016, Sanspo 5/11/2016

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