...Hitoki Iwase picked up his 20th save of the year last night against the Hanshin Tigers and has now recorded 20+ saves in 6 consecutive seasons.
...The Dragons stole 4 bases against the Hanshin Tigers in last night's game: Hirokazu Ibata and Masahiro Araki in the 4th; Hidenori in the 5th; and Atsushi Fujii in the 8th. The Dragons also stole 4 bases against the Tigers on April 23, 2009.
...Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi surrendered his 6th grand slam to Atsushi Fujii in last night's game against the Chunichi Dragons. The last time Shimoyanagi gave up a grand slam was back on April 27, 2003.
...Akihiro Yano went 0-for-2 during a rehab game on Tuesday against Softbank. But apparently he wasn't feeling well after the game and won't be making a start on Wednesday.
He was expected to return to Ichi-gun in early July, but depending on how his elbow is holding up, his return could be pushed back again.
...Kevin Mench went 2-for-2 with 2 walks and a solo homer against Ni-gun Softbank on Tuesday.
...Old news, but still worth a mention: For the first time in 8 years, no Tigers finished at the top of the fan balloting for the All-Star Game. Tomoaki Kanemoto did make the cut, but only because he was voted in by the players.
...Andy Phillips went 1-for-4 with a home run and 2 RBI in his first game with the Carp last night against the Yomiuri Giants.
...Kazuyuki Hoashi left last night's game in the middle of the fourth due to discomfort in his left shoulder. He will undergo tests on his shoulder on Wednesday.
...Figure skated Yukari Nakano tossed out the ceremonial first pitch prior to last night's game between Lions and Chiba Lotte Marines at Seibu Dome. She wore a Lions uniform with the number 8 on the back.
...Marc Kroon, recovering from surgery on his left middle finger, had his stitches removed on Monday and started playing catch on Tuesday (about 40 tosses).
"There was no pain," said Kroon. "The doctors are saying I can be back after the All-Star break, but I'll be working hard to see if I can get back sooner."
Kroon is using a special glove that supposedly lessens the blow on the middle finger.
...After the Giants moved to 20 games above .500 and became the first team in the NPB to win 40 games this season after last night's 4-3 victory over the Hiroshima Carp, they now also apparently have a 91.7% chance of winning the CL.
...Another figure skater, Mai Asada, threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Giants' game against the Hiroshima Carp on Tuesday night.