...The Dragons ended the first half of the season with an 8-game winning streak and only 2.5 games behind the Yomiuri Giants.
...The Tigers are planning on having Kohei Shibata and Yuya Nohara join the Ichi-gun team for practice during the All-Star break. They will join Ikketsu Sho and Kenta Abe as other Ni-gun players that will be practicing with the plarent club during the break.
Nippon Ham Fighters
...Yu Darvish won his 60th career game in 107 games last night against the Chiba Lotte Marines. That makes him the quickest player straight out of high school (since the start of the 2-league system) to reach 60 wins. The previous holder of that record belonged to Daisuke Matsuzaka, who reach 60 wins in 111 games.
Yokohama Bay Stars
...Bay Stars manager Kiyoshi Wakabayashi offered the following comments on the manager situation for next season:
"Looking for a candidate from outside the team might be a little difficult. There are things to consider like whether or not they'll fit in with the team."
When asked of his thoughts of interim manager Tomio Tashiro, Wakabayashi said, "The wins are beginning to accumulate. And it looks like team morale is getting better."
...The Giants are thinking about sending Taishi Ohta and Daisuke Nakai to the Winter Leagues this coming October.
...Because of a rule that stipulates teams can only have up to 3 foreigners on the active roster at any given time, Wirfin Obispo may actually end up being the odd man out. The Giants have been juggling the roster a bit over the last few weeks, sending Seth Greisinger down to Ni-gun for rest when Marc Kroon was ready to pitch at Ichi-gun again. Once the All-Star break ends, Greisinger will likely be called up, giving the Giants a trio of Dicky Gonzalez, Greisinger, and Kroon, leaving no room for Obispo.