...Since 7/14, the Tigers are 21-0 in games that Scott Atchison and Kyuji Fujikawa appear in.
...The Tigers will not be asking Kento Tsujimoto back for the 2010 season. The club will officially inform Tsujimoto of their decision later today.
Tsujimoto made headlines when he joined the Hanshin Tigers in 2004 at the age of 15.
Tsujimoto would like to continue pitching and will train for the November tryouts.
...Freak accident: Colby Lewis was called out on strike during his at bat in the second. When he returned to the dugout, he flipped his batting helmet. The helmet then took a bounce and hit Andy Phillips. I didn't see it happen, so I don't really know where it hit Phillips, but apparently it was bad enough that the Carp removed Phillips from the game after the incident.
Nippon Ham Fighters
...Hisashi Takeda is guaranteed to finish the year atop the leader board for saves (alone or in a tie) with 33.
Takahiro Mahara (SOF) has 29 saves and with only 4 games remaining, can do no better than tie Takeda for first.
...The Buffaloes will likely make Shinya Kobayashi the team's next head coach.
...The Eagles announced that they informed Koichi Isobe he won't be given a contract extension for the 2010 season, effectively ending his career in Sendai. Isobe would like to continue playing and will likely try and find a new club during the off-season.
...Yasuyuki Kataoka stole his 50th base last night against the Chiba Lotte Marines and has now stolen 50 bases in two seasons straight.
...Norichika Aoki now has 5 consecutive seasons of 150+ hits.
Yokohama Bay Stars
...The Bay Stars lost their 7th game in a row last night. It's the second time this year that the Bay Stars have lost 7 in a row.
...Yukiya Yokoyama will be retiring at the end of the season.
"My right elbow is hurt and I can't imagine myself playing for another team," said Yokoyama. "I'm really glad that I can finish out my career here."