Chiba Lotte Marines
...Lotte fans in Fukuoka show their appreciation for Bobby.
...Shota played in his "Retirement Game" at Ni-gun on Wednesday against Softbank. He was the starting second baseman and went 2-for-4 out of the 2 hole. 7,054 fans attended the game.
The team threw him up in the air after the game and Shota ran the bases and slide headfirst into home.
Nippon Ham Fighters
...There is currently no set date for Yu Darvish's return. It seems at this point that the Fighters want to give Darvish as much time he needs, so long as he's able to pitch in the post-season.
"His shoulder and back aren't in the best of shape right now, certainly not in any condition where he should be throwing," said Masataka Nashida. "It might be tough on Darvish, but we don't have a set date for his return. We have no idea when he'll be ready [to rejoin us]."
The chief trainer also had these words to say: "The left portion of his groin area is a little worn down right now. And his left shoulder still isn't 100% [after getting hit by a comeback during the All-Star game]."
Yokohama Bay Stars
...Ryan Glynn became the first foreign pitcher to lose 15 games since Katsuo So went 11-15 in 1989 with the Lotte.
...1,000 fans apparently packed the standing-only section during yesterday's game against the Chunichi Dragons. Tatsunori Hara also became the 9th manager in NPB history to win 3 pennants in a row.
...The combined stats for Tetsuya Yamaguchi and Daisuke Ochi: 17-3, 14 saves, 56 holds. Yamaguchi has appeared in 70 games and Ochi 64.
...It was the second time in as many years that Marc Kroon was on the mound during the clinching moment for the Giants.
...Sponichi lists some players that could be candidates for the 2009 MVP Award.
Michihiro Ogasawara - .313, 30 HR, 101 RBI (despite missing a number of games in August after injuring his left adductor muscle).
Alex Ramirez - he's been the clean-up batter the entire season and has yet to miss a game. He's also very close to stringing together his 7th consecutive 100 RBI season.
Shinnosuke Abe - he hit home runs in 5 games straight and has 11 so far in the month of September.
Hayato Sakamoto - has handled being the Giants' lead-off hitter in his third pro year.
Dicky Gonzalez - is 14-1 since joining the rotation in May.
Tetsuya Yamaguchi - 70 appearances out of the pen, tying a club record.