NIPPON HAM FIGHTERS
...It appears as though the Fighters may put a limit on the number of innings Yu Darvish throws in his starts. Instead of having their ace throw on 6 days of rest, it seems like they begin to pitch him on 5 days of rest during the second half of the season (or at least until the All-Star break). And since pitching on 5 days of rest will increase the number of games he pitches in, the team will likely limit the number of innings he pitches per game.
"If you throw complete games, you can't start as many games," said pitching coach Masato Yoshii. "We're thinking of putting a limit of 7-8 innings on his starts."
...Atsunori Inaba announced that he will be donating 10,000yen for every hit he collects to an organization that provides emergency care / support for young children / infants.
...Hidetaka Kawagoe has fulfilled his 9 year requirement and can now exercise his right to become an international free agent.
...Hiroki Kokubo is currently sitting on 373 home runs for his career. Nishi Nihon Sports mentions that if he can hit 1 home run every 3 games, he would finish the season with the needed 27 home run to get to 400.
...The Hawks announced that they signed outfielder Drew Toussaint to an Ikusei contract. He was drafted by the Angels in the 13th Round of the 2004 draft and has never played higher than AA.
Hayato Sakamoto wearing the old Giants' throwbacks.
...The Yomiuri Giants unveiled the throwback uniforms they will be wearing for a 3 game series against the Yokohama Bay Stars starting on July 7th.
Pro replicas of the uniforms will be available for 29,400yen a pop. A cheaper version of the uniform (11,340yen), along with a t-shirt version (5,145yen) and a cap (3,465yen) will also be available.