NISHINOMIYA, HYOGO PREFECTURE – Matt Murton, who broke Japan’s single-season hits record in his debut season in 2010, tied the Hanshin Tigers’ team record for games played by a foreign-registered player on Wednesday.
Playing against the Yokohama BayStars at Koshien Stadium, Murton took the field for the 703rd time, matching the club record set by Willie Kirkland from 1968 to 1973. The Tigers are Japan’s second-oldest pro franchise.
Venezuelan outfielder Alex Ramirez, who retired last season, holds the record for foreign-born players in Japan with 1,744 appearances.
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