...Atsushi Noumi tossed his first bullpen session on Saturday since being taken off the active roster on the 8th. He tossed 69 pitches.
...Akihiro Yano will likely play in a Ni-gun game on Tuesday when the team is set to face Chunichi.
...Minoru Iwata was taken off the active roster on the 11th and spent most of the weekend jogging at the team Naruohama training facilities. He will likely join the parent club on the 16th and be with them until the 21st, the first day he's officially allowed to return to Ichi-gun.
NIPPON HAM FIGHTERS
...Yoshinori Tateyama will likely be taken off the active roster on Monday due to pain in his lower back.
...The Fighter's Bar was open for business on Saturday, fully staffed by women hired from model agencies to server beer to male patrons. The women staffers were part of a weekend promotion at Sapporo Dome called "The Oyaji Series."
...The Softbank Hawks could clinch the best record during Inter-league play for the second year on Tuesday (no games Monday) if they beat the Dragons and the Lions lose to the Giants.
...Hosei Daigaku was crowned official champions of the 2009 All-Japan College Baseball Tournament when they beat Fuji Daigaku 5-1 on Sunday afternoon.
7.0 IP, 2 H, 9 SO, 0 BB, 2 R, 1 ER