...Michihiro Ogasawara is on fire: he's 12-for-18 over his last 5 games. Ogasawara has also hit 3 home runs and driven in 12 RBIs over that time frame. Hayato Sakamoto is in the middle of a 14-game hitting streak. And Tetsuya Matsumoto is 10-for-16 with 7 runs and 2 stolen bases over his last 4 games.
...Marc Kroon threw 44 pitches (mostly forks) in the bullpen on Sunday. He told reporters that he was still feeling a little pain but thought that the fact he could pitch was a good sign. Kroon will pitch a game or two in Ni-gun before he returns to Ichi-gun. When he pitches in his first Ni-gun game will be determined by how he's feeling on Tuesday.
...Alex Ramirez won 1M yen for hitting a JR Higashi Japan billboard out in left-center. Seems he'll only see 10% of that though, as his wife has already claimed 90%.