...Craig Brazell took 54 cuts during BP on Tuesday and hit 6 over the fence.
...The Tigers will likely start Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi, Yuya Ando, and Atsushi Noumi during a three game series against the Bay Stars starting on the 26th. Yasutomo Kubo, Minoru Iwata, and Shinobu Fukuhara will likely follow for the Dragons series starting on the 30th.
...Kyuji Fujikawa has been working on a new pitch: the change.
Said Fujikawa, "Yes. I asked if I could toss some during situational BP. I was able to try out my new pitch then. I can't really make any specific comments on it. Today, it was all about giving it a try so I wasn't really worried about my control. I know what to work on next."
Daiki Katayama has been catching Fujikawa and said, "There's no sink to the pitch, just something to throw the batter's timing off. He started messing around with it during bullpen sessions, but has never tried it during a game."
...Ryo Watanabe also appears to be working on a new pitch, but he hasn't been very forthcoming about it.
"I did try out a new pitch," said Watanabe. He continued, "I can't really say anything about it though, other than I got batter's to swing at it."
NIPPON HAM FIGHTERS
...Yu Darvish's comments on Sho Nakata's somewhat brief stay in Ichi-gun:
This guy, he's no good. [During games] he'd sit off to the side and wouldn't raise his voice once [to cheer].
But Nakata did manage to hit a 2-run homer in front of Fighters' manager Masataka Nashida on Tuesday in a Ni-gun game against Yakult. For those keeping score, Nakata did also strike out twice giving him 45 in 162 at bats (42 games).
...Katsuya Nomura's comments on newly acquired Todd Linden:
He said he has all three tools (run, hit, glove) but I can't believe what he says. I have to see what he's capable of with my own eyes.
...Masahiro Tanaka will be appearing in a Kirin beer commercial alongside his father. The parent-son/daughter Kirin commercial concept has been well-received by the public and now it will be Tanaka's turn to show what his relationship is like with his father over a glass of beer (camera crews filmed about 2 hours worth of conversation between Tanaka and his father and will then edit that down TV commercial length).
This will be Tanaka's fourth national commercial, 1 behind that of Yu Darvish.
...Swallows' ownership has put their stamp of approval on what Shigeru Takada's has done as manager of the team so far this season.
"Regardless of how he does, we want him back next season. He did sign a 3 year deal. I want him to keep managing without worrying about anything," said Tadashi Suzuki, club president and acting owner.
Takada is currently in the second year of a 3-year contract.
YOKOHAMA BAY STARS
...Tom Mastny will likely be joining the Ichi-gun starting rotation at some point after the 26th when the Bay Stars take on the Hanshin Tigers.
The front office is also apparently taking a look at a number of foreigners for the starting rotation, making this fairly critical time for Mastny.
...Tatsunori Hara spent an hour tossing BP to Taishi Ohta at practice on Tuesday.