...Hirokazu Ibata recorded his first hit in 19 plate appearances on Sunday against the Carp.
...Depending on how things go, Akihiro Yano could be ready to re-join the Tigers as early as the 14th (although he'd probably end up actually joining the team on the 15th). He will most likely start in one last Ni-gun game on the 14th (against the Orix) after which a decision will be made on his status.
...Comments from Katsuya Nomura after Sunday's game:
On Rasner's good start:
He did a great job. It's all about control. There's no need for speed. If only the other pitchers on the staff could take what he did and apply it to their outings.
On the sputtering offense (a number of rallies were killed up until the 5th, including a bases loaded, 1 out situation in the 4th):
I think we had a bases loaded, no out situation in Saturday's game, but couldn't score. It's a big issue for us... I guess we just aren't very good at taking on challenges.
On Fernando Seguignol pinch hit in the 7th:
What was that, his first hit in 24 plate appearances? I'm sure he's feeling relieved after that one. The season is long though. Players from warm countries need to sweat more before they can really get going.
On sending Kensuke Uchimura in as a pinch-runner for Takeshi Yamasaki in the 6th with runners on second and third with 1 out (Yamasaki was on third):
I went for the run there. It ended up being a sac fly, but I was planning on sending him on an infield grounder.
On replacing Uchimura later on with pinch-hitter Seguignol:
When you're winning, everything tends to go well.
On the Nomura figures they handed out to the first 7,000 fans:
The figure? It probably isn't my place to say something like this, but 7,000 people wanted that thing? I got a peak at the long lines of people waiting to get the figures... That really made me happy. I really want to give those to get those out to the kids.
...Yasuyuki Kataoka was left out of the starting line-up on Sunday due to swelling in his left foot (he was hit by a pitch the previous day). He will most likely be with the team when they start their next series against the Hawks on Tuesday, but it's likely he'll start on the bench.
...Hisanori Takahashi was struck by a batted ball and lifted after only 1.1 innings of work. He probably won't miss his next start -- he stayed to watch the entire game while icing his left forearm.
...Norichika Aoki was hit twice in Sunday's game against the Bay Stars. Shigeru Takada (manager) wanted to take him out after seeing his outfielder hit a second time, but Aoki said he was alright and played out the rest of the game.
...Ryoji Aikawa was held out of the starting line-up on Sunday due to a flare up in his lower back.