September 5 vs Yomiuri at Alpen Stadium – Azuma got the win and became the first rookie in NPB history to start their careers 4-0 in four starts against the Giants. The previous record of three was held by Kazuyoshi Matsuura (1936), Yukio Muramatsu (1939), Nobuo Nakatani (1947), and Hiroshi Gondo (1961).
Azuma likes to eat bananas while waiting in the dugout for his turn to pitch.
Azuma has two images stitched on the inside of all of his gloves: a pile of poo in gold thread and a star in white thread. The pile of golden poo represents kin-un (financial luck) and the white star represents shiroboshi (victories).
Source: Sanspo 2/15/2018