...Tetsuya Utsumi will be starting tonight's game against the Hanshin Tigers at Koshien Stadium.
...Hisayoshi Chono had his second 3-hit game in a row on Saturday and is 6-for-8 over his last two games (two doubles, a run scored, and 2 RBI).
...Tatsunori Hara's comments on Wirfin Obispo's start:
"He had good movement on his fastball, but his off-speed pitches were flat. ... He failed completely as a starter."
...The Yomiuri Giants loaded the bases twice in Saturday's game against the Hanshin Tigers and failed to score:
3rd inning, 1 out: Alex Ramirez struck out swinging and Shinnosuke Abe flied out to left.
6th inning, no out: Hayato Sakamoto flied out to left, Ryota Wakiya struck out looking and Michihiro Ogasawara struck out swinging.