=== 3/29/2010 3:26am JST
...Yu Darvish only threw his one-seamer twice during last starting on Saturday -- he apparently threw 24 during his first start. It seems he also suffered a small cut on his right thumb while throwing an off-speed pitch during the game.
=== 10:06pm JST
...From Sunday's game against the Chiba Lotte Marines:
...Hisahi Takeda self-imploded in his third consecutive outing. After giving up an RBI double to Tsuyoshi Nishioka and loading the bases with an IBB, Takeda managed to strike out Tadahito Iguchi for the second out of the inning. Still clinging to a 6-5, Takeda faced Tae-Gyun Kim for the second straight night with the bases loaded. And once again, just like on Saturday, Takeda gave up a 2-run single. Unfortunately, this time around it was enough to win the game.
Takeda's final line: 0.2 IP, 7 BF, 30 NP, 4 H, 1 SO, 1 BB, 3 R, 3 ER.
...It seems Takeda has, at the very least, temporarily lost his job as team closer after three consecutive bad outings. Brian Wolfe will now be stepping into the closer role.
...Makoto Kaneko was demoted to Ni-gun with pain in his left flank. The Fighters were initially taking a wait-and-see approach with Kaneko since he first started feeling the pain during practice on the 26th. But since his condition didn't appear to be improving all that much, they decided to send him to Ni-gun where he can get rest without eating up a spot on the active roster. Masataka Nashida told reporters that Kaneko will likely get his left flank checked out at a hospital on Monday.