...When Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi took the mound last night with Akihiro Yano behind the plate, they became the first battery mates over 40. Throw in Tomoaki Kanemoto starting in center and it was the first time in NPB history that 3 players over 40 started a game.
...Things are starting to look bleak for the Tigers. They are 16.5 games behind the Giants with 12 to play against them; 14 games behind the Dragons with 13 to play; and 12.5 behind the Swallows with 13 to play.
...With Yasutomo Kubo being sent down to Ni-gun, the Tigers will start Kai-Wen Cheng out of the bullpen for tonight's game against the Swallows. Cheng has actually started two games this season and is 0-1 with a 3.27 ERA (11 IP, 46 BF, 12 H, 5 K, 2 BB, 4 R, 4 ER).
...Tomoaki Kanemoto hit his 66th sac fly of his career, tying him with Kazuhiro Kiyohara for 20th place on the All-Time list.
...By winning his 10th game of the season last night against the Orix Buffaloes, Takayuki Kishi became the first Seibu pitcher (5th in franchise history) since Daisuke Matsuzaka to start their career with 3 consecutive seasons of 10+ wins.
...The Swallows are 8-0 this year in games Keizo Kawashima homers in.