...The Tigers held a practice session for starting pitchers today. Casey Fossum and Jason Standridge were also in attendance -- Fossum is likely to start tomorrow's game with Standridge going on Saturday.
...Naoto Tsuru's next start could come on the 9th against the Hiroshima Carp.
...The Tigers will be holding a special cheer-leading class for kids at Koshien Stadium.
...19-13-0 (2nd place): The Tigers went 6-2 (one rain-out) over their 9-game campaign. And before their series against the Chunichi Dragons, it appeared as though the Tigers were headed for a longer than 1-day stay by reeling off 5 consecutive wins -- a 2-game sweep of the Yakult Swallows and a 3-game sweep against their arch-rivals, the Yomiuri Giants. But unfortunately, the Tigers lost their mojo at Nagoya Dome and dropped the first two games of the series while the Giants rebounded with three straight wins against the Yakult Swallows.
Keiji Uezono - 2G, 1-0, 8.0 IP, 4 ER
Yasutomo Kubo - 2G, 1-1, 15 IP, 7 ER
Kyuji Fujikawa - 3 G, 1-0, 2 Sv, 3.0 IP, 0 ER
Notable Offensive Players
Matt Murton - 8 G, 14-for-35 (.400), 7 R, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 1 SB
Craig Brazell - 8 G, 12-for-32 (.375), 3 R, 2 R, 8 RBI
Shunsuke Fujikawa - 7 G, 4-for-11 (.364), 4 R, 0 HR, 1 RBI
Kenji Jojima - 8 G, 10-for-18 (.345), 7 R, 3 HR, 7 RBI
Takahiro Arai - 8 G, 8-for-32 (.250), 6 R, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 2 SB
46 runs scored
12 home runs
33 runs allowed
...Tomoaki Kanemoto's right shoulder is apparently feeling better. Kanemoto will likely be the starting DH during Inter-league play and could return to the field by the time Inter-league play ends.
...Matt Murton continues to hit well. He recorded his second 4-hit game of the season yesterday and of the 32 games he has played in, he was held hitless in only 4 of them and completely off the bases in 2 of them.