...Yuki Karakawa tried to field a ball off the bat of Shingo Takeyama (YOK) in the 2nd inning on Thursday night. The batted ball ended up hitting Karakawa in his right hand, glancing off his middle and ring fingers. He was removed from the game and taken to an area hospital to get his hand checked out. Diagnosis: contusions on his middle and finger fingers. It doesn't appear as if he'll miss any time, or practice.
...Akichika Yamada recorded his first win since 9/8/2004 on Thursday night -- that's back when he was a member of the Daiei Hawks and beat the Chiba Lotte Marines.
...Kazuya Fukuura put his name in the record books for hitting the first "video replay, turn-the-tables grand slam." Ok, so not one of the more sexier records, but a record nonetheless. Here's how it went down: it was in the 6th inning and Fukuura stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded, 1 out, and the Bay Stars up 4-3. Fukuura nailed a pitch down the right field line that was initially ruled foul. But the umps convened to review the shot and after they re-emerged from the video replay room, the call was reversed and Fukuura had himself a grand slam that gave the Marines a 7-4 lead. Without that shot, who knows if the Marines end up winning the game.
This also apparently marked the first time a foul ball call was reversed after the start of instant replay on home run calls.
...The Marines announced on Friday that they will continue to use the Ishigaki, Okinawa training facilities for Ichi-gun Spring camp next year. Ni-gun Spring camp will take place in Satsumasendai, Kagoshima.