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Japanese high school pitcher follows 232-pitch effort with 159-pitch performance

03/30/2013 01:53 EDT | Updated 05/29/2013 05:12 EDT
OSAKA, Japan - Japanese high school pitcher Tomohiro Anraku led his team to a 4-1 win with a 159-pitch effort on Saturday, just four days after throwing 232 pitches in one game at the national high school baseball tournament.

The 16-year-old Anraku struck out eight batters in a complete-game win as Saibi high school advanced to the quarterfinals of the annual spring tournament.

On Tuesday, the 1 .87-meter, 85-kilogram (6-foot-1, 185 pound) right-hander threw 232 pitches over 13 innings in a 4-3 win in which he struck out 13 batters.

High pitch totals are fairly common in Japanese baseball. Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka once threw 250 pitches in a single game during a high school tournament in which he pitched 36 innings over four days.

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