Chiba Lotte Marines
...With their loss on Friday night, the Marines can no longer finish the season with a .500 record. The Marines are currently 55-71-4 with 14 games left to play.
... The Dragons topped 2M in attendance by drawing 27,553 fans to their game on Friday night.
For the year, they have drawn 2,012,975 in 64 home dates (4 games later than last season).
...Shuta Tanaka held a press conference to officially announce his retirement at the end of the season.
"I really worked hard to get myself back on the Ichi-gun roster, but I think I've hit my limit," said Shuta. "My last hit was a home run in 2004, that's my last memory."
...Yoshinori Ogata was taken off the active roster on Friday with pain in his lower back. He hurt his lower back during batting practice on the 17th.
Nippon Ham Fighters
...The Fighters dropped their Magic Number to 12 games.
...Tuffy Rhodes was feeling under the weather over the last few days. He was tested for the flu virus on the 17th and his results came back negative.
Rhodes was back in the starting line-up on Friday night.
...With their loss on Friday night against the Nippon Ham Fighters, the Buffaloes have been eliminated from the Climax Series.
...Nobuhiko Matsunaka was held out of the starting line-up on Friday night with pain in his right knee. He was available to pinch hit if needed.
...Tsuyoshi Wada appeared in relief on Friday night against the Seibu Lions for the first time since May of 2004. He entered the game in the 6th and tossed 1 inning (1 IP, 4 BF, 2 H, 1 K, 0 R, 0 ER).
...The Giants dropped their Magic Number to 7 games.
...Shinnosuke Abe hit his 200th career home run in a game against the Yakult Swallows on Friday night. He becomes the first catcher in Giants' history to reach the milestone and the 6th overall in Giants' history.
Abe hit the home run in the 7th inning off Mikinori Kato with runner on second and third and no out.