[6/18/2016] Tetsuto Yamada has home runs against eleven different teams this season

Tetsuto Yamada hit a home run against the Seibu Lions on June 17 and became the fifteenth player* since the start of Inter-league play to hit home runs against eleven different teams in one season. Four other Yakult players have also hit home runs against eleven different teams in one season: Alex Ramirez (2006), Adam Riggs (2006), Aaron Guiel (2007) and Wladimir Balentien (2013).

Nine players achieved the milestone in 2005 and 2006 when Inter-league player consisted of thirty-six games. Seven between 2007 and 2014 when teams played twenty-four games. Yamada is the first since the Inter-league season was shortened to eighteen in 2015.

Yamada (his seventieth game of the season) joined Tyrone Woods (2008, his sixty-second game of the season) and Balentien (his fiftieth game of the season) as the only players to accomplish the feat before the end of Inter-league play.

* Accomplished seventeen times by fifteen different players.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/18/2016, Sponichi 6/18/2016, Sanspo 6/18/2016

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