...Akinobu Shimizu was thrown out of a game against the Softbank Hawks on Saturday for hitting Hidenori Tanoue on the head.
...The Tigers still have one spot open in the rotation. As of now, the rotation will probably consist of Yuya Ando, Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi, Minoru Iwata, Yasutomo Kubo, and Shinobu Fukuhara.
...Daiyu Kanemura is being promoted to Ichi-gun.
NIPPON HAM FIGHTERS
...Hichori Morimoto was suffering from a minor back strain and finally returned to the line-up on Sunday against the Rakuten Eagles.
Morimoto went 0-for-3 in the game.
...Kenta Maeda gave up 3 runs (all earned) on 7 hits (including 2 doubles), 1 walk, and 2 strike outs over 5 innings of work against the Hanshin Tigers on Sunday.
...26,083 fans were on hand at Sunday's game between the Carp and Hanshin Tigers at the old Hiroshima Municipal Stadium. It was the last game to be played at the stadium. The Carp wore there new uniforms for the first time this year during the game.
The game ended in a 3-3 tie.
The ol' stadium at Hiroshima...
The first official Home Run Girls for the new Mazda Stadium were also officially introduced at the game today.
Hiroshima Home Run Girls
RAKUTEN GOLDEN EAGLES
...The Eagles are thinking about trying Marcus Gwyn out for the rotation this season after using him in a relief role last season.
Gwyn gave up 2 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits, 0 walks, and 3 strike outs over 4 innings of work.
While the Eagles might go with the following four foreigners, Fernando Seguignol, Rick Short, Darrell Rasner, and Matt Childers, it's possible that things will change if Gwyn can also pitch effectively as a starter.
Said Nomura, "Pitching is more important so maybe it'll be better to take Rick out..."
...The Lions didn't have a very good game against the Chiba Lotte Marines on Sunday.
Takayuki Kishi had another rocky start, giving up 3 runs (all earned) on 6 hits (5 consecutive in the second), 5 walks (!), and 4 strike outs over 5 innings of work.
The Lotte Marines also managed to steal 7 bases in the game.
...Shota Ohba is on the cusp of being eliminated as an option from the starting rotation. While his start on Sunday wasn't awful (2 runs, 1 earned over 5 innings of work), the fact that he gave up 6 hits and 6 walks is potential cause for concern.
...Jamie D'Antona went 1-for-3 against the Buffaloes on Sunday while Aaron Guiel went 2-for-3 with a 2-run home run and 2 RBIs.
...Ricky Barrett was demoted to Ni-gun on Saturday. The Swallows were hoping to use him as a bridge to the closer, but he hasn't been overly effective in that role (3.86 ERA over 7 appearances and averaging about a walk an inning).
Since the Swallows still have a couple holes in the rotation, they're also thinking about trying Barrett out as starter at Ni-gun.
YOKOHAMA BAY STARS
...Dan Johnson has been struggling a little at the plate but went 1-for-2 with a solo home run (his third) and a walk. The Bay Stars are hoping that he'll be able to make up for some of the power that the team will miss with Murata on the DL.
...Shuichi Murata was checked out at a Yokohama Hospital on Sunday and was told that it'll take about 6 weeks for a full recovery.
Said Murata, "I'd like to try and get back by Interleague play. ... I want to first focus on getting better. And when I get back on the field, I want to be at 100%."
...Takanori Suzuki, who retired last year and is currently a coach at Ni-gun, participated in a special ceremonial retirement game against the Yomiuri Giants on Sunday. Suzuki entered the game for one at bat in the bottom of the 3rd inning as a pinch-hitter and hit a solo home run.
The second day of the 81st Annual National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament was rained out.
Results from the Day 1 Konko Osaka 10 Kurashikiko 11 Chukyo Daichukyo 5 Kamimuragakuen 1 Koseigakuin 1 Imabari Nishi 2