...The WBC trophy will be on display at the Koshien until May 4th. Uniforms worn by Kyuji Fujikawa and Minoru Iwata will also be on display with the trophy.
...Tomoyuki Kubota is scheduled to toss some pitches during batting practice on the 4th. That should entail about 10 minutes worth of work, or about 50 some-odd pitches.
...The Tigers will be handing out special limited edition baseball cards (73 kinds) to all games at the Koshien and the Kyocera Dome during inter-league play (12 games in all). Fans will also have a chance to win a Hanshin Tote Bag if their card pack comes with a winning coupon.
The Tigers will also be selling a few items especially for inter-league play.
NIPPON HAM FIGHTERS
...Yu Darvish suffered a leg cramp while pitching against the Lions in the 6th inning yesterday. But he managed to recover and toss 132 pitches over 9 innings while striking out 11.
...Tom Hanks will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch on May 8th when the Giants play host to the Chunichi Dragons. Hanks will be in Japan promoting his new film, Angels & Demons. 20 fans in attendance will have a chance to win a pair of tickets to the film.
...Edgardo Alfonzo was taken off the active roster yesterday due to poor performance. Seung-Yeop Lee is also in danger of being dropped as well. Through 23 games he's batting .190 with 4 homers and 8 RBIs.