Chiba Lotte Marines
...Bobby Valentine picked up his 1,600th US / Japan combined career managerial victory on Friday night against the Nippon Ham Fighters at Sapporo Dome.
...Masahiro Yamamoto picked up a win on Friday night against the Yakult Swallows and now has 22 consecutive seasons of at least 1 win. That sets a new Central League record. It was also Yamamoto's first start since 6/13.
...38-year-old veteran Kazuki Inoue picked up his first hit of the year -- he was 0-for-24 on the season heading into Friday night's game against the Yakult Swallows.
Friends and acquaintances were so happy for him that they packed his e-mail inbox with a ton of messages.
...The Hawks announced that they will begin selling tickets for the Climax Series beginning on October 10th at 10am. If they still have not clinched second or better in the standings, they will hold off on selling tickets until the day after they clinch.
...Yet another reasony why you NEVER slide head-first into first: Hiroki Kokubo injured his left thumb while sliding head-first into first in the bottom of the 6th of Friday night's game against the Rakuten Eagles. He was later removed from the game prior to his at bat in the bottom of the 8th.
...Welcome back! Ryota Igarashi was added to the active roster on Friday. The Swallows went 1-7-1 since 8/30, when he was removed from the active roster.
Yokohama Bay Stars
...Out since 8/26 with viral enteritis, Seiichi Uchikawa hit 2 doubles and picked up an RBI in his first game back with the parent club.
...Seth Greisinger was removed from the active roster on Friday as part of a planned move to give him some rest before his next scheduled start (which means his next start will likely come on the 21st against the Chunichi Dragons).
...The Giants offense is on fire: they recorded their second consecutive game of double-digit runs (the last time they did this was back in August of 2006) and recorded their fourth consecutive game of 3+ team home runs (ties a club record).
...Daisuke Nakai hit his first Ichi-gun home run on Friday night. It came in the 7th against Takeshi Komatsu. Nakai is the same player that struck out in his first at bat on May 12th and drew comparisons to Shigeo Nagashima.