...Kevin Mench made a nice play in the fourth against the Carp last night. With runners on second and third and 2 out, Shunsuke Ishikawa gave up what appeared to be a single to Masayuki Hasegawa. But Mench charged in, fielded the ball, and threw a strike to first, just in time to nail Hasegawa.
...Norihiro Akahoshi was taken out of the game last night in the top of the 6th due to back pains. He should be ok to go tonight against the Giants.
...Yuya Ando will be making the start against the Giants tonight.
...Yoshinori Sato will be taking the mound tonight against the Yokohama Bay Stars.
...Based on what I could gather, Jamie D'Antona was simply out of the line-up yesterday to give his barking left knee the day off.
...The Swallows will be wearing their away uniforms on the 15th, despite being at home. The team is celebrating it's 40th anniversary with new uniforms and want to give their fans a chance to see their new away uniforms.
YOKOHAMA BAY STARS
...Kimiyasu Kudo was taken off the active roster on the 9th. He will remain with the parent club and continue working on his mechanics. He gave up 8 runs on 9 hits over 5 innings of work in his start on the 8th.
...Shinnosuke Abe was held out of the final game in a 3-game set against the Yokohama Bay Stars last night. The Giants now start a 3-game set against the Hanshin Tigers -- no word on whether or not Abe will be in the line-up tonight.