...Shigeru Takada's comment after Monday's loss:
"We're having a hard time breaking out of this slump. With the way our offense is, the 5 runs [in the second inning] really took a toll on us."
...Yoshinori Sato was demoted to Ni-gun today. Sato gave up 28 runs (24 earned) in his last 28 innings of work -- that includes 39 hits (4 homers) and 13 walks. That's a far cry from his first start of the year against the Yomiuri Giants: 8 IP, 5 H, 1 HR, 5 SO, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 1 R, 1 ER.