CHIBA LOTTE MARINES
...A couple of names that have been mentioned as being potential replacements for Bobby next season: Norifumi Nishimura (Marines' head coach) and Yoshihiko Takahashi (Marines' batting coach).
...Norihiro Akahoshi took the day off yesterday (Monday) and hopes to be in the starting line-up tonight against the Chunichi Dragons.
...Akihiro Yano could be making his last start at Ni-gun as he works his way back from right elbow surgery during the off-season and tightness in his left calf. Depending on how he does in the game and how he's doing tomorrow, he could be back with the parent club as early as tomorrow.
...Kevin Mench is currently 6-for-32 over 8 games. It appears his job is safe for now.
Said batting coach Yutaka Wada, "There are currently no plans to platoon him. And dropping him to Ni-gun won't really be an option until he's had a chance to face all the teams at least once. At this point, every player on the team is trying to get on the right track. ... We do need him to hit. Mench is currently our only foreign position player. It would be nice if he could compete a little with Kodai Sakurai."
...Yuya Ando appears to be ok after suffering a slight strain during his last start against the Giants on the 10th.
...Aarom Baldiris is trying to state his case that he belongs with the parent club, instead of at Ni-gun. So far in 11 games he is 15-for-43 with 2 homers and 10 RBI. He's a third baseman by trade, but he can also play so first.
...Kan Ohtake will be going for the team's third straight complete game shut-out this season. If he's successful, it'll be the first time in 28 years that the Carp have managed such a feat.
NIPPON HAM FIGHTERS
...Makoto Kaneko has been awarded the first Sanspo MVP of the Week. 9 G, 15-for-29, 11 RBI
...Sho Nakata went 2-for-4 (which included 2 strike outs) in his most recent game at Ni-gun. The home run was actually his second in as many games; Nakata now has 4 home runs on the season.
...Hideo Nomo will be traveling with the team for it's 3 games series against the Nippon Ham Fighters. This is coming on the heels of 2 starting pitchers getting demoted to Ni-gun (Satoshi Makoto and Yoshihisa Hirano).
...Masahiro Tanaka will be going for his first win against the Lotte Marines tonight. Over his first two seasons, Tanaka is 0-2 with an 8.75 ERA against the Marines (23.3 IP, 35 H, 24 R).
...Fernando Seguignol should be returning to the starting line-up today after being benched a game for rest. Up until his pinch hit single on Sunday, Seguignol was mired in a bit of a mini-slump -- no hits in 24 plate appearances.
...Hiromoto Ohkubo was fined 200,000yen for striking a female acquaintance. At the time the news first hit the media, Ohkubo said that "The truth will be revealed when the prosecutors make their judgment."
...The white dog that has become the talk of Softbank mobile services TV commercials was named the commanding officer of the Softbank Hawks' Cheering Squad. He was presented with a uniform that had the number 0103 on it (which can read as "otousan" in Japanese, or "father").
...The team is continuing to monitor Hisanori Takahashi after he was hit by a batted ball in his start on the 12th against the Tigers. He is currently set to re-join the team for practice today.