CHIBA LOTTE MARINES
...Tasuku Hashimoto was taken out of the game on Monday when he complained of pain in his right thigh while running the bases in the 5th. He did not go to the hospital after the game; whether he's in the starting line-up on Tuesday will depend on how he's feeling.
...Tomoyuki Kubota tossed his first BP session on the 4th. The Tigers hope that he'll be ready to start a few games at Ni-gun sometime later this month.
...Masayuki Hasegawa was knocked out of the game after pitching only 2.2 innings, giving him 2 back-to-back starts of 3 or fewer innings. Marty Brown (MGR) said that he will be taking Hasegawa off the active roster and will most likely call up a reliever.
...Tuffy Rhodes was given the day off on Monday after he banged both his knees on the outfield wall in a game against the Eagles on the 3rd. His status for Tuesday's game is not yet known.
New Buffaloes merchandise: Sukettoranpu
...The Orix Buffaloes are selling a pack of playing cards with pictures of Greg LaRocca (Jack), Jose Fernandez (Queen), Alex Cabrera (King), and Tuffy Rhodes (Joker) on the cards. The playing cards are being marketed as Sukettoranpu (助っトランプ), a play on the Japanese word for "suketto" (助っ人), which means helper, and "toranpu" (トランプ), which means playing cards.
...Katsuya Nomura apologized to the Lions for starting a pitcher that wasn't worthy of the task. (Of course, not seriously.)
...Kameron Loe may have just pitched himself out of the starting rotation. With his loss on Monday, Loe is now 0-4 and has given up 26 runs (19 earned) on 36 hits and 12 walks over 27 innings of work.
...Tetsuya Utsumi could probably use some time in Ni-gun to make whatever adjustments he needs to. Like Loe, he hasn't had much success this season: 21 runs (18 earned), 33 hits, 9 walks, 32 IP.
...Yuki Saito started in his second straight game (in as many days) and could not secure his 21st career victory.
His final line vs Rikkyo University:
7 IP, 94 NP, 27 BF, 6 H, 7 K, 1 BB, 2 R
Waseda did up winning the game, 3-2 in extra innings.
...A day after Saito notched his 20th career victory, Hachinohe University ace Yutaro Sakurada (桜田裕太郎) did the same. Sakurada is a 177cm tall, 77kg, 21-year-old lefty born in Sapporo. He's in his final year with Hachinohe and is gaining attention from a number of different teams, including the Giants.