...Motonobu Tanishige caught his 2,328th game on Wednesday night. He now only trails Katsuya Nomura's 2,921 games on the All-Time list.
...Kazuhiro Wada hit his 20th home run of the season last night against the Hanshin Tigers. He hadn't hit 20 home runs in one season since 2005.
...Akihiro Yano and Jeff Williams will likely be joining the Ichi-gun rosters on Thursday.
...Naoyuki Ohmura banged out 2 doubles against the Chiba Lotte Marines on Wednesday night and is now 4 doubles away from 300.
...Tuffy Rhodes will be returning to Japan on Thursday (7/16).
...Hiroki Kokubo tweaked his lower back in the 7th when he made contact with the third baseman while running the base paths. He was removed from the game prior to the 8th as a precaution. His status for tomorrow's game is not known.
...The Swallows have an off-day on Thursday and decided that Norichika Aoki could use a nice 2-day break and "benched" him on Wednesday.
...The Swallows had an offensive explosion on Wednesday night, scoring 13 runs on 20 hits. So perhaps it was only fitting that the Swallows kicked off yesterday's game with a pre-game ceremony honoring the team's 11 consecutive hits world record. A rep from the Japan branch of the Guinness Book of World Records was also on hand to give the Swallows an award certifying the record.
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...Takahiro Saeki stole home in the fourth with 2 outs against the Hiroshima Carp on Wednesday night.
...Space Astronaut Soichiro Noguchi will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch for Game 1 of the 2009 All-Star Game. The Hiroshima NPB Junior Team will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch for Game 2.
...The NPB announced on Wednesday that they will be auctioning off game-used (and signed) All-Star uniforms. Proceeds will go towards organizations that provide disaster relief aid in Japan.