...The Dragons announced on Friday that their Ni-gun trainer tested positive for the swine flu. At the moment, there are no players or personnel that have complained of having any symptoms of the flu.
Nippon Ham Fighters
...Despite a hurting right ankle, Kensuke Tanaka was in the starting line-up on Friday night against the Softbank Hawks. He did end up leaving in the middle of the 6th when the pain started flaring up, but he felt he needed to play with some many players out with the flu.
The Swallows are working in conjunction with a woman's magazine (City Living) and a Sports' information website (Enjoy! Sport from Fuji TV Group) on an "I LOVE Tsubame Group" project. Lady's Day Project 2009 is a part of that project.
The hope is that this will allow women a chance to get in on the baseball fun. Special tickets to the game (that cost 3,000yen) will include a towel and coffee tumbler with the phrase "I Love Swallows 2009" on it, and a guide for first-time baseball watchers.
(I have a "mind-in-gutter" joke, but I'll refrain.)
Towel and Tumbler
This is apparently the guide. Why men's fashion (I'm guessing it's the players)
takes up such a big chunk of the guide for watching baseball is beyond me.
Men are also free to partake in the event so long as they have women in their group.
Oh, and it appears as though the stadium will be covered in pink -- pink balloons, pink towels, pink guide book.
Yokohama Bay Stars
....With their loss last night against the Chunichi Dragons, the Bay Stars are now are now 38-68. And it seem as though Tomio Tashiro, manager, is now reserved to his team ending the season with a losing record.
"To think about turning things around can't be done," said Tashiro. "And the players don't seem to have any desire to try and work on new things."
...Yoshinobu Takahashi will indeed be accompanying the Ni-gun team on their 2-game road trip against Chunichi. He will most likely play in both games and should see time at first. Since the trip is a little long, they plan to limit his outings to about 5 innings for each game.