Chiba Lotte Marines
...The Marines announced on Friday that they will not be allowing jet balloons at home games starting from Saturday.
...The Dragons announced that 5 of the 8 people (4 players and 1 trainer) in the organization that contracted the swine flu have fully recovered and returned to work. The other 3 will also be returning to work in the near future.
Nippon Ham Fighters
...Naoki Miyanishi rejoined the team on Friday after being removed from the active roster on the 18th with the flu.
...Tuffy Rhodes collected his 1,900th MLB/NPB career hit in the 4th inning of Friday night's game against the Seibu Lions (132 in the MLB, 1,768 in the NPB).
...Fernando Seguignol left Friday night's in the bottom of the 3rd after it was found that he wasn't feeling well and was running a fever. He was taken to an area hospital immediately and will be tested for the swine flu virus.
...For the first time in 39 years, the Lions were shut-out in three consecutive games (6-0, 4-0, 1-0), which also ties the club record.
...Jamie D'Antona joined the team for practice on Friday and wants to get back into the action as soon as possible. But the team doesn't want to rush him and will take things one day at a time.
...Yoshinobu Takahashi made an appearance in Friday night's game as a pinch-hitter in the top of the 9th. He struck out against Kyuji Fujikawa but did manage to foul off one of his pitches (clocked at 153km/h).
...Marty Brown and Tuffy Rhodes were both given stern warnings and a 50,000yen fine from the NPB offices for their actions in getting thrown out of games on Thursday night.
...A number of ball clubs are experiencing an increase in fan attendance this season. Central League games have seen an average increase of 6.2% while Pacific League has seen an increase of 1.2%.
In the Central League, the Hiroshima Carp lead the way with a 48% increase and the usual leader in yearly attendance, the Hanshin Tigers, have seen a .6% increase.
Over in the Pacific League, the Softbank Hawks are drawing the most, but have actually seen a drop of .7% in attendance. The First place Nippon Ham Fighters have seen an increase of 5.2%.
The average length of games has also increased by a minute: 3h 12m for Central League games and 3h 15m for Pacific League games.
...Meiho manager Hisashi Daigoho resigned his post on Friday. Kenji Hamada (?) will be taking over in his place. According to the school, age was cited as a reason for Daigoho stepping down.