5/5/2010 12:28am JST
...Hirokazu Ibata was in the starting line-up (second base and batting second) but was replaced by Akira Nishikawa at the last minute. Said general coach Hatsuhiko Tsuji, "Seems he started feeling some pain during situational fielding. We're not sure if he'll be ok to go for the next game yet." It appears that an HBP Ibata took off his back on the 1st during a game against the Hiroshima Carp could be a potential reason for his current pains.
5/4/2010 2:08pm JST
...Masahiko Morino collected his 52nd hit in his 133rd at bat on Monday. If he keeps it up, he could have a chance to break Ichiro's single-season hit record of 210.
...Motonobu Tanishige appeared in his 2,450th career game on Monday, good for 8th on the all-time list.