CHIBA LOTTE MARINES
...Shinano Grandserows' (out of the Baseball Challenge Independent League) pitcher Masumi Hoshino is getting some attention from Marines' scouts.
"I've had my eye on him since his industrial league days," said Marines scout Masafumi Yamamori. "He had a tendency to leave his pitches up before, but I heard his control improved and that he learned how to throw a cutter."
On Saturday, Hoshino tossed a complete game for his 6th victory of the season.
...The Carp held a press conference on Sunday to officially announce their signing for Andy Phillips. Here are a couple of comments he made:
- I'm really excited. I spray the ball to all fields and I consider myself a doubles-type hitter.
- Hideki Matsui told me that he had a lot of fun playing baseball in Japan.
- In large ballparks you don't have to hit the ball out [every time you're up to bat]. You can also drive in runs by hitting the balls into the gaps.