From Saturday's game against the Chunichi Dragons:
...The Tigers lost the game, 3-2.
...The offense managed only 3 hits of Wei-Ying Chen: an RBI double in the 4th by Takashi Toritani and a solo homer by Kenji Johjima in the 7th.
...Matt Murton went hitless in four trips to the plate (0-for-3, BB), ending his hitting streak at 6 games.
...Tomoaki Kanemoto (bad right shoulder and all) went 0-for-4: ground out to short, fly out to short, fly out to left, fly out to left.
...The Tigers lost the game in the 9th on a sac fly by Kazuhiro Wada. But before that could happen, they loaded the bases. And before that, the lead-off hitter, Dionys Cesar, reached on a throwing error made by Takahiro Arai. A single and an IBB later, Wada hit his walk-off sac hit.
...Keiji Uezono pitched well, limited the Dragons to just 1 run over 6 innings of work. Uezono was going for his first victory since 7/16/2008 (vs Yakult Swallows).
Final line: 6 IP, 20 BF, 64 NP, 3 H, 1 SO, 1 R, 1 ER
...Jason Standridge will be arriving in Japan on the 4th. He finished his medical exam and will likely sign on the dotted line early next week. After that, Standridge could be ready to pitch by sometime later this month (mid-April).
...Fielding / running coach Koji Yamawaki on Kanemoto's shoulder:
He's able to throw the ball. Even while playing catch, he said that his shoulder was feeling better. There's not much that can be done until the inflammation subsides, but during the game, he's got so much adrenaline flowing through him, he's not going to make any bad throws.
...Johjima blamed himself for Friday's loss against the Chunichi Dragons, pointing specifically to Yuya Ando's wild pitch in the 4th. Said Johjima, "If I had stopped [the ball], the game would have been different. I could block his fork. I couldn't do it for him. I kept him from a good game."
...Tatsuya Kojima started a Ni-gun game against Hiroshima on Friday and struggled, giving up 4 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks over 4 innings of work. He did also strike out 4.
Kojima was originally slated to start Thursday's game against the Hiroshima Carp, but it was canceled due to the weather. It seems his next start could come against the Yomiuri Giants on the 8th.