CHIBA LOTTE MARINES
...The Marines lost to the Nippon Ham Fighters on Sunday. Tomohiro Nioka recorded the game winning hit on a slider outside. After the game, Bobby Valentine told the press that the pitcher and catcher could have attacked the inside portion of the plate more since Nioka tends to struggle with those pitches. When word about Valentine's advice got to Tomoya Satozaki, looking a bit annoyed, he had this to say:
"Prior to that pitch, we threw 3 pitches inside to him. It's easy to say things after the game."
...After beating the Hiroshima Carp 4-0 on Sunday, Yudai Kawai is still undefeated from the start of the season and has a 9-0 record.
...Akinobu Mayumi celebrated his 56th birthday yesterday. His cake?
...For the first time in 2 years, Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi is on a 4-game losing streak.
...Yoshihisa Hirano has now lost 5 of his last 6 Sunday starts. The one game he didn't lose, he ended up taking a no decision on (the team did lose though).
...The Crown Prince and his family were on hand to watch the Swallows play host to the Yokohama Bay Stars on Sunday.
Seiichi Uchikawa (and Norichika Aoki) had a chance to meet the family prior to the game to exchange greetings. The family is apparently a big fan of Uchikawa's and has even spent time reading his blog.
...Yoshiyuki Kamei started at first base for the first time in his career on Sunday.