CHIBA LOTTE MARINES
...The Marines announced that they'll be wearing throwback uniforms during a three game series against the Orix Buffaloes in August (8/18-8/20) to commemorate their 40th year. They will be wearing the uniforms they wore for 4 years starting in 1969.
...Norihiro Akahoshi stole his 20th base of the season on Saturday night against the Rakuten Eagles and has now stolen at least 20 bases in each of the last 9 seasons. Akahoshi now also has 370 stolen bases in his career, good for a 10th place tie on the All-Time stolen base list.
...Craig Brazell was asked about playing against the Eagles for the first time since October 4th, when he was hit in the head by Hisashi Kitani and said, "[Nomura]'s been involved in Japanese baseball for a long time now. I'd like to play against him with the respect that that deserves. Last year was last year. Just watch how I do on the field."
...Kai-Wen Cheng made a start against Ni-gun Softbank on the 19th and gave up a run on 5 hits over 6 innings of work. He also walked a batter and struck out 5.
The Tigers could turn to him for some pitching help in the rotation once Inter-league play ends.
...The Eagles will hold a press conference on Monday (6/22) to officially announce their signing of Kazuo Fukumori.
...With their win against the Yokohama Bay Stars on Saturday night, the Hawks now have at least 1 victory against each Central League team during Inter-league play this season.
...It was announced on the 20th that Nobuhiko Matsunaka will undergo surgery on his left elbow during the upcoming off-season. While the elbow doesn't appear to be a problem for Matsunaka at the plate, it has kept him from playing the field.
Matsunaka could require up to 3 months of rehab after the surgery and there is some concern he might miss the start of the 2010 season.
...The Swallows are 15-0 in games when Kenichi Matsuoka, Ryota Igarashi, and Chang-Yong Lim all pitch. To that end, the Swallows are trying to come up with a catchy nickname for the trio, much in the same manner as the Hanshin Tigers had for Jeff Williams, Kyuji Fujikawa, and Tomoyuki Kubota. The Swallows are also considering opening things up to the public.
YOKOHAMA BAY STARS
...Shuichi Murata's 2 home runs in Saturday night's game against the Softbank Hawks gave him 103 home runs at Yokohama Stadium, 1 more than the previous recorder, Tomio Tashiro (current Bay Stars interim manager).
...Kiyoshi Wakabayashi isn't happy with the direction the team is heading and ordered Club President Kuniaki Sasaki to help the team out with some reinforcements on the 19th after a stockholder's meeting and a board of directors meeting.
Said Wakabayashi, "Of course I'm not happy! We know what the problem is. I told them they need to get some reinforcements for the team. A new foreigner? A trade? Anything. We talked about lot of possibilities."
...For the first time in Inter-league history, one game featured (Yokohama Bay Stars vs. Softbank Hawks) lead-off home runs from both teams: Yuichi Honda for the Softbank Hawks and Yuki Yoshimura for the Yokohama Bay Stars.
...The All Japan University Baseball Federation will be announcing it's 22-man roster for the 37th Annual USA vs. Japan Collegiate Championship Series on June 22.