...The news on Tomoaki Kanemoto's shoulder isn't very good -- an examination on the 3/29 revealed a tear in his right rotator cuff. At this point, it doesn't appear as though he'll be taken out of the line-up.
...Kenji Johjima told reporters that since Tony Blanco and Kazuhiro Wada are big run producers, it'll be that much more important to make sure the first three batters in the line-up don't get on base.
Wada vs. the Hanshin Tigers
25-for-92, 6 HR, 50 TB, 16 RBI, .877 OPS
Blanco vs the Hanshin Tigers
24-for-90, 4 HR, 41 TB, 21 RBI, .821 OPS
...Matt Murton has a modest 5-game hitting streak going. It seems Murton is also prepared to do some running on the base paths against the Chunichi Dragons.
...Akihiro Yano earned his FA option for the third time in his career. Depending on how much playing time he gets with the Tigers, Yano might decide to exercise that option at the end of the year.