...Kevin Mench will be re-joining the parent club on the 15th, in time for the series against the Yakult Swallows. He willl probably be used as a DH and LF.
...Tomoyuki Kubota tossed some pitches (about 41 pitches) during situational BP on the 14th. Depending on how he's feeling today, he may next get a start in a Ni-gun, perhaps as early as the 19th in a relief role. He'll probably spend most of May making appearances in relief and then move towards starting games next month.
NIPPON HAM FIGHTERS
...Sho Nakata drilled his second home run in as many games and now has 12 on the season so far (he hit 11 last year).
...Daisuke Kusano extended his hitting streak to 20 games last night and had this to say about it:
I'm not really thinking about that much. Maybe that'll change if I can get to 30. ... I'm sure my feelings will change if I can get a hit then to keep the streak going.
...There's a chance that Masahiro Tanaka and Yoshinori Sato could face off against each other in a game on the 20th. It would be a battle of the young stud power pitchers in NPB. What makes the match-up even more interesting (at least to the locals) is that Sato's home town is Sendai.
...Takeshi Yamasaki was thrown out of last night's game for arguing balls and strikes. The argument got so heated that the Eagles bench had to jump out and get in between the ump and Yamasaki. The article mentions that even after he was taken off the field and retired to the locker rooms he continued to lash out with anger.
Said Katsuya Nomura, "Was he that upset? Over 50 years I've been thrown out just once. Maybe he's on a blacklist. I can understand his feelings, but you can make the umpire your enemy."
It was the 5th time Yamasaki's been thrown out of a game in his career, tops in the NPB.
...Nomura's comments after yesterday's loss against the Ham Fighters:
Triple colds today. The weather was cold. What went on during the game was cold. And the hitting was cold.
Watanabe's injury moving Short to second...
Brr... Cold. I guess that makes four. I guess it was All Cold today. But it can't be helped with the type of players we have.
On not being able to figure out Sweeney...
He was throwing it free and easy (he made a play on words with Sweeney's name that can't really be translated). Not really sure what was so great about his outing though... Maybe it's that the hitters think he's so easy to hit that they forget to try.
...The home run Yasuyuki Kataoka hit last night was of the inside-the-park variety, a first for his career. The article also mentions that he called Norichika Aoki for some hitting advice on Wednesday -- perhaps it paid off as he picked up 3 hits on Thursday.
...Fumiya Nishiguchi has won 12 consecutive Thursday starts, dating back to the 2000 season.
...The Giants must be relieved after seeing Marc Kroon hit 158km/h on the radar gun during his appearance against the Bay Stars last night.
...It's still early, but Michihiro Ogasawara is currently tied with Kazuhiro Wada for the CL lead in home runs (10) and tied for first with Tomoaki Kanemoto for the CL lead in RBIs (34). Takeya Nakamura, from the PL, is pacing all batters in the NPB in home runs (15) and RBIs (42).