=== 8:01pm JST
...Atsunori Inaba got his back MRI'ed on Friday and was diagnosed with a problem in his intervertebral disk. No word on how long it might take for a full recovery. Inaba is with the team and it seems they will continue to take a wait-and-see approach.
=== 4:22pm JST
...Kensuke Tanaka's Three Rules for Winning:
- Go all out on defense
- If you get a hit, go all out on running
- Root for your teammates on the bench
...Rookie Hirotoshi Masui will shoot for a win in his first start of his career Friday night.
...Bobby Keppel not only stopped a 3-game losing streak on Thursday, but he also helped his team win their 200th victory at Sapporo Dome. On a side note, the linked article also mentions that Keppel received an autobiography of Sadaharu Oh as a Christmas present when he was 10.
...For three games during the Family Series, 150 fans lucky fans will have a chance to get their pictures taken on the field after the game.