...Tomoyuki Kubota was taken off the active roster on Friday so that he can spend a little more time in Ni-gun working things out. On Thursday, Kubota started his first game in 5 years and gave up 4 runs (all earned) on 7 hits, 3 strike outs and 2 walks over 2.1 innings of work.
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...Sho Tanaka Nakata nailed his 20th Ni-gun home run yesterday against Rakuten.
...Konkatsu Seats were so popular, the team has decided to bring it back for a 3-game series against the Seibu Lions (9/21-9/23) in September. No other details are known at this time.
...Kiyoshi Toyoda was taken off the active roster on Friday due to lower back pains. The team hopes he'll be ready to return after the All-Star break.
...The Ni-gun All-Star Committee announced that Chunichi Dragons pitcher Soma Yamauchi and Rakuten Eagles pitcher Takashi Ishida will not be participating in this year's Fresh All-Star Game.
Taking their place will be Chunichi Dragons pitcher Shinji Iwata and Rakuten Eagles pitcher Yasunori Kikuchi.