CHIBA LOTTE MARINES
...Nearly 110,000 signatures were on the final Bobby 2010 Petition that was submitted to Lotte HQ on Monday morning.
...Craig Brazell has now hit a home run in 3 consecutive games. The last Tiger to do that was George Arias in 2003.
...Jeff Williams could be facing a trip to Ni-gun if he doesn't start to turn things around. Williams has been struggling a bit with his control this year and already has 14 walks over 23.2 innings of work (last year he walked 15 over 55.1 innings).
...Kentaro Sekimoto was not in the starting line-up yesterday and did not take BP practice with the team prior to yesterday's game. It appears as though he was feeling a little under the weather.
...Tomoyuki Kubota will be making his second rehab start at Ni-gun against Chunichi on the 16th.
...Akihiro Yano appears to have hit a setback: during throwing practice on Sunday, Yano complained of some discomfort in his elbow and his previously scheduled start against Ni-gun Chunichi on the 16th has been pushed back. Yano's recovery process eerily reminds me of how the Tigers' season has been progressing so far.
...It was a year ago yesterday that there was a fairly big earthquake in the Iwate area. The Eagles held a moment of silence prior to yesterday's game against the Bay Stars in remembrance of those who lost their lives due quake.
...Takeshi Yamasaki hit 2 home runs during yesterday's game against the Bay Stars and has become just the 5th player in NPB history to hit at least 150 home runs in both the CL (185) and PL (150).
YOKOHAMA BAY STARS
...With the Bay Stars mired in a 4 game losing streak and 20 games under .500, it appears as though people higher up in the chain of command are looking to make changes to the front office. One person connected to the team from the parent company TBS said, "Responsibility doesn't just belong to people that work directly with the players. Perhaps we need to look toward the front office now."
...Marc Kroon returned to Tokyo in preparation for surgery on his left middle finger. Team officials are hoping that the cast can come off within 3 weeks and he might be ready to pitch again in about month. The date for surgery has not been set yet.