4/30/2010 2:36am JST
...Kazuhiro Hatakeyama was taken off the active roster on Thursday with acute lower back pains. Hatakeyama started experiencing the pains during pre-game practice.
4/29/2010 11:57am JST
...Masanori Ishikawa is the first Swallows' pitcher to start their season 0-5 (6 starts) since Kenichi Kajima in 1985. The franchise worst is an 0-11 start made by Keiji Narita in 1950, back when they were the Kokutetsu Swallows.
...Hanshin Tigers have the Swallows' number? The Swallows' team ERA of 3.17 is the best in the NPB. Against the Tigers, the team ERA drops to 5.82. Last year, the Swallows were 15-9 with a 3.20 ERA against the Tigers. Although it should be noted that their home ERA against the Tigers last year was 2.42 while their road ERA against the Tigers was 4.02.