=== 3/29/2010 3:10am JST
...The Eagles were one loss away from tying their franchise high of 5 losses to start a season (set in 2006 during Katsuya Nomura's first year as manager).
=== 9:39pm JST
...From Sunday's game against the Seibu Lions:
...So it took for the Eagles to break out of a 4-game losing streak was a 10-inning complete game from Masahiro Tanaka. Tanaka also topped out at 146km/h.
Tanaka's final line: 10 IP, 36 BF, 118, 5 H, 6 SO, 1 BB, R, ER.
...There's mention that Kazuo Fukumori was demoted to Ni-gun because he was feeling some discomfort in his right elbow. Either the timing for the injury couldn't have come at a better time, or they wanted to save everyone some face by making up some conveniently plausible injury and using that as a cause for demotion.