...Hisashi Kitani struck out 5 batters in one inning during a Ni-gun game against Nippon Ham today. It happened in the 7th inning when Kitani threw three wild pitches in the inning.
...Ryuji Miyade earned his domestic FA option on Saturday with 8 years of service time.
...Hisashi Iwakuma is pitching against Yu Darvish today. This will be the second time the two pitch face each other this season (the first game went to Iwakuma).
...It seems Takeshi Yamasaki might be benched during Inter-league games where the DH-rule is not in place. Said Marty Brown, "He'd play first, but corner players need to hit. This is something I'll be discussing with him." Brown has been pretty faithful to Yamasaki so far this year, despite his struggles at the plate (29-for-140, .207 / .268 / .343 / .611).
...It took the Eagles 6 hours to get to Hakodate from Sendai (1 hour delay) because of some problems with the train tracks.
...Yusuke Inoue was apparently placed on the active roster today. Shingo Matsuzaki and Yosuke Hiraishi are also said to be traveling with the team.