...Tony Blanco was hit in the left elbow by Shohei Tateyama in the 4th inning of Friday night's game against the Yakult Swallows. He was removed from the game after the inning and taken to a hospital to get the elbow checked out.
...Kentaro Sekimoto aggravated his right adductor muscle while trying to get out of the way of a pitch during his at bat in the 3rd inning of Friday night's game against the Giants and was removed from the game prior to the 4th inning. He is currently listed as day-to-day.
Nippon Ham Fighters
...Regardless of what the other teams in the PL do, if the Fighters win 47 of their last 59 games, they'll do no worse than finish in 3rd.
...Alex Cabrera became the 431st player in the history of the NPB to play in 1,000 games. He played in his first game on March 24th, 2001 as a member of the Seibu Lions.
...Unlike the Nippon Ham Fighters, the Rakuten Eagles can now no longer win first place on their own.
...Hitoshi Tamura wasn't in the starting line-up on Friday night because he wasn't feeling well.