...Jeff Williams continues his rehab work at Ni-gun and tossed 12 pitches in the bullpen with the catcher standing during yesterday's practice session. If there's no pain in his left shoulder, he could begin throwing off-speed pitches today.
...Takahiro Arai has been struggling at the plate all year, but Akinobu Mayumi is sticking by his man.
"I'm not thinking about taking Arai out of the starting line-up," said Mayumi. "What, do you really want me to take him out that badly?"
...Tomoyuki Kubota, working his way back from right shoulder inflammation, could be back up to start a game on the 16th against the Chunichi Dragons at Koshien Stadium. Kubota has a 1.67 ERA in 6 rehab appearances at Ni-gun.
...Akihiro Yano went 0-for-1 with a strike out and a walk in a rehab intra-squad game on Thursday (he played until the 3rd). If everything continues to proceed smoothly, he could be making a start on the 11th against Ni-gun Hiroshima with plans to play until the 5th inning.
...Norihiro Akahoshi could be back with the parent club as early as the 15th, in time for a game against the Chunichi Dragons at Koshien Stadium.
...Kazuo Fukumori picked up his first NPB win since July 11th, 2007 -- he tossed 2 innings of shut-out ball against the Chiba Lotte Marines.
...Hideaki Wakui picked up his 50th career win last night against the Nippon Ham Fighters. Wakui is now also tied with Darvish for most wins (10) and strike outs (107) in the NPB.
...With his home run last night, Takeya Nakamura is on pace to hit 55.7 home runs.
...4 Lions were hit on during Wednesday's game against the Nippon Ham Fighters. On Thursday night, in the bottom of the 8th, the Lions felt Naoki Miyanishi was trying to hit Tomoaki Sato. After the end of the inning, both benches cleared. To provide a little more filler, the batter before Sato just nailed a home run and the first pitch to Sato was fastball inside.
When Fighters' first base coach Masaji Shimizu took his position on the field after the inning, Kazuyoshi Ono (Lions' pitching coach) glared down at him. That's when Shimizu said, "Why would we throw at Sato!!" That's apparently when Ono started walking towards Shimizu and both benches cleared.
...Michihiro Ogasawara is listed as day-to-day after he collided into Takehiro Ishikawa coming into third during last night's game against the Yokohama Bay Stars.