...The Buffaloes announced on Friday that Ikusei battery coach Shusaku Beppu was re-assigned to Ichi-gun bulllpen coach.
...Akinobu Okada told reporters after Thursday's game that he plans on leaving Alex Cabrera in the clean-up spot.
...When the reporters push Okada to offer his opinion on the Hanshin Tigers after Thursday's game, he danced around the issue and said, "They're in a different league so I don't have to have an opinion about them. I'll think about it when we face them during Inter-league play. But now, we've got Pacific League games to worry about."
...It might be NHK(K): Daisuke Nobue, Yoshihisa Hirano, Satoshi Komatsu, and Daisuke Kato. Okada used all four in Thursday's game against the Hanshin Tigers, in that order. The four combined to go 4 innings and gave up 1 run on 3 hits, 5 SO, and 3 walks.