CHIBA LOTTE MARINES
...Saburo Ohmura was not in the starting line-up on Sunday after hitting a foul ball of his left ankle on Saturday. He's currently listed as day-to-day.
...Hitoki Iwase picked up his 40th Inter-league save against the Seibu Lions on Sunday.
...A nice belated birthday present: Jeff Williams picked up his first victory since September 11, 2008.
...Tomoaki Kanemoto now has all 4 of the Tigers' walk-off hits this season.
...Makoto Imaoka continues to work out at the Ni-gun training facilities in Naruohama. He took 109 swings of the bat on Sunday and hit 17 over the fence. Imaoka will be focusing primarily on hitting as he works his way back to Ichi-gun.
...Tomoyuki Kubota tossed 5 scoreless innings (3 H, 5 K, BB) against Ni-gun Orix on Sunday. While his limits will probably be lifted for his next start, there is still no set date for when he'll be pitching again.
...Hideo Higashikokubaru (Governor of Miyazaki Prefecture) threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Sunday's game between the Carp and Orix Buffaloes.
Nichinan City in Miyazaki Prefecture was home to the Carp spring training site this year.
NIPPON HAM FIGHTERS
...Sho Nakata has not had an at bat over the team's last two games.
...Kanehisa Arime made his first start since July 11th, 2007 last night against the Yomiuri Giants. He tossed 3 innings of shut out ball (4 H, 2 K, 0 BB).
...Toshiya Sugiuchi picked up his 200th Inter-league strike out against the Hanshin Tigers on Sunday when he caught lead-off batter Takashi Toritani looking in the top of the first.
YOKOHAMA BAY STARS
...Ni-gun Director Tetsuji Okamoto has been promoted to Ichi-gun Sogo (General) Coach. He will officially be joining the team on the 10th for the start of the Nippon Ham Fighters series.
...Marc Kroon picked up his 11th save of the season against the Rakuten Eagles last night despite hurting his glove hand (left) the night before while tagging out a runner at second base.
Said Kroon, "The fingers (pointer and middle finger) in my left hand are in pain, but I just had to suck it up and just do my best out there. I just tried to figure out the best possible way to throw with the least amount of pain."
...The Kansai Independent League's new baseball operations office will begin with 2M yen (~US$20,000) in funding. The new offices will be located in Osaka and will officially be open for business on the 12th. Takeshi Kimura will be the acting director of the new company.
The KIL also hopes to get more fans to support the leagues by introducing 1,000yen "Supporter" packages.
...The Osaka Expos '70s are getting their team together in hopes of making it into the Kansai Independent League next season. The team held a press conference today announcing that ex-Hanshin pitcher Koji Nakada will be the team's first manager. Nakada spent 13 years in the NPB playing for Hanshin and Lotte between 1985 and 1997. He finished with a 57-99 with a 4.06 ERA.
The Osaka Expos '70s will be holding tryouts in the fall.