You never know what surprises major league baseball's opening day might bring, but we'll go out on a limb and guarantee you won't see Justin Verlander or Clayton Kershaw throw 232 pitches today. In other words, neither ace will do what 16-year-old Japanese phenom Tomohiro Anraku (that's him in the video above) did in a 13-inning complete game win last week.
Baseball America reports that Anraku struck out 13, walked five and allowed 10 hits in Saibi's 4-3 win. The performance came in Japan's national high school invitational tournament, "Spring Koshien."
While teams in Latin America and the United States typically limit young pitchers' workloads, Japanese throwing programs generally emphasize throwing frequency. Baseball America points out that Cleveland Indians pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka threw 250 pitches in a 17-inning complete game in a Japanese high school tournament when he was 17, one day after pitching a nine-inning complete game. Two days later, Matsuzaka threw a nine-inning no-hitter in the championship game.
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