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Takahiro Norimoto’s favorite NPB All-Star memory is of watching Norichika Aoki propel the Central League to a 10-8 win over the Pacific League with a ninth-inning two-run home run in Game 1 of the 2009 All-Star Series.

For Tomoyuki Sugano, it’s when Kyuji Fujikawa rared back and challenged Alex Cabrera with four consecutive fastballs, after informing the Seibu Lions slugger what was coming, in 2006.

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