CHIBA LOTTE MARINES
...Tsuyoshi Nishioka was finally back in the line-up on Friday after missing 4 straight games due to tightness in his right thigh.
...Infield Non-Reserved tickets for home games will go on sale at local post offices in the Chiba area (262 total offices) starting from the 13th. It will be the first time that post offices carry NPB baseball tickets of any kind.
Tickets sold at the post offices will be slightly cheaper (2,000yen for adults and 1,000yen for kids, normally 2,300yen for adults and 1,200yen for children) and can be upgraded to reserved seats on weekday games when seats are available.
...Hiroshima Municipal Stadium also opened to a lopsided loss: 15-1 on July 24th, 1957 vs the Hanshin Tigers.
...After beating Hisashi Iwakuma, the media is already looking forward to a potential match-up between Hideaki Wakui and Yu Darvish on the 17th.
...Jamie D'Antona was not in the starting line-up again.
...Shinnosuke Abe missed another game after taking a foul tip off his right knee. Kazunari Tsuruoka, who started in his place, also isn't quite 100% -- he's still recovering from a batted ball that hit him in the instep of his left foot during the spring.
...Space Astronaut Koichi Wakata (currently on a space mission aboard the International Space Station) will be "virtually" throwing out the first pitch for Sunday's game against the Hanshin Tigers. Footage of Wakata that was shot earlier in the month will be used for the ceremony.
...Sadaharu Oh announced that he will do his part to help get the Olympics to Tokyo in 2016.
Said Oh, "So many fans in Japan got behind the WBC that it seems to me that a whole lot more would be excited to see the Olympics come to Tokyo. I'm not really sure what I can do, but I'll do whatever I can to help."