CHIBA LOTTE MARINES
...The Marines' fans fought back yesterday with new signs:
We'd rather support Bobby, the man that calls us the world's number 1 fans, than a front office that calls worthless.
Annoying front office, you're actions will forever remain in baseball history, get out!
Front office, do you really have any love for the Marines?
We fans demand a formal apology and a detailed explanation of why you have insulted your fans and caused so much disorder.
The new signs...
Here are some Japanese sites that have some more images:
...Just how bad has Tomoaki Kanemoto's slump been? His batting average dropped from a lofty .607 to .380. Against the Dragons and Carp, he went 2-for-21 with 1 RBI.
NIPPON HAM FIGHTERS
...Sho Nakata continues to hit in Ni-gun. He currently leads the league in home runs (8), total bases (57), and RBI (27). Nakata is also tied for first in strike outs (29) with Giants' rookie, Taishi Ohta.
...Alex Cabrera boarded a plane for the US yesterday to get a second opinion on his fractured right pinky toe at a hospital in Florida. But news of the swine flu have team officials concerned about Cabrera's health.
Said one team rep, "The timing... We didn't think it [swine flu] would start to spread so quickly."
...Nomura's comments after yesterday's game:
Regarding Rick Short's error:
You can't be dropping balls like that. And it was also Kawai's first start in three years, the fielder's can't be holding him back like that. He had 0 earned runs...
On Kawai's pitching:
Much better that I expected. He had some velocity on his pitches, not bad at all. But if the other players are going to drag you down like that...
...Toru Hosokawa was removed from the active rosters today. He was experiencing discomfort in his right elbow.