Games from the 30th:
Matsui is now sitting at 1,499 career NPB / MLB RBI.
Ichiro finishes out the month of April with 33 hits.
Toshihisa Nishi started at second and batted ninth in a game against the Newark Bears on the 29th and went 0-for-2 with a walk.
Hideki Matsui's book Shinen-wo Tsuranuku (信念を貫く) sold 78,000 copies in one month after hitting bookstore shelves on 3/17. While the number may not seem overly impressive, it actually is -- books that sell over 50,000 copies in its first month are considered hits. And it seems the popularity of the book could lead to it heading over to the US.
Nikkan Sports is giving away a Daisuke Matsuzaka autographed t-shirt and baseball to its reader. Information on how to enter will be included in a two-part interview that will be appearing during the weekend (5/1 and 5/2).