=== 4/16/2010 3:02am JST
=== 6:06pm JST
...Shuichi Murata appears to be coming around. He went 3-for-5 on Wednesday night and now has 6 hits over his last 14 plate appearances. Prior to that, he had been hitless in his last 21 trips to the plate.
...Takao Obana had 5 left-handed hitters in the line-up on Wednesday against left-handed pitcher, Takashi Ogasawara. Obana told reporters that he checked the numbers and found that lefties had a harder time throwing their sinkers to left-handed batters. He also mentioned to Sponichi that the fact Takashi Ogaswara doesn't throw a change could be a help to the left-handed hitters as well.
...Shintaro Ejiri has appeared in 6 games since the Bay Stars acquired him in a trade with the Nippon Ham Fighters. He has yet to surrender any runs and has limited the opposition to just 2 hits (28 BF).