Chiba Lotte Marines
...The Pacific League's older player Satoru Komiyama (44 years old) announced that he will be retiring at the end of the season.
...Tadahito Iguchi was hit by a pitch on his left wrist on the 16th in a game against the Seibu Lions and has been held out of the line-up ever since. On Sunday, he finally had the chance for some soft toss BP. The team is hoping he'll be ready to play again starting on the 22nd.
Nippon Ham Fighters
...The Fighters' Magic Number stays at 11.
...Don't look now, but the Eagles' Magic Number is now 12 and they trail the Hawks by only 2 games.
...Toshiya Sugiuchi record his 5th consecutive game of double-digit strike outs. That's good for second place on the all-time list.
Hideo Nomo is first on the list with 6 consecutive games (1991). Nomo also had strings of 5 games in both 1990 and 1993.
...The Giants' agic Mumber drops to 5.
...Michihiro Ogasawara recorded his 30th home run and 100 (and 101) RBIs in Sunday's game against the Yakult Swallows. It was the first time since 2006 that he recorded 100 RBIs; and the 5th consecutive season of 30+ home runs (9 overall).
...Alex Ramirez struck out for the 1,000th time in his career in a game against the Swallows on Sunday. He is the 47th player in NPB history to strike out 1,000 times.