...The Hawks announced today that J.D. Durbin would be arriving in Japan on the 20th and that the club will hold a press conference for him on the 21st at Yahoo Dome.
...Shinusuke Ogura and Dennis Houlton will be pitching during the upcoming two-game series against the Hanshin Tigers (5/18, 5/19). They both worked out at Yahoo Dome today.
...Two milestone were hit on Sunday:
Koji Akiyama recorded his 100th managerial victory in his 191st game. He joins 9 other Hawks' managers with at least 100 wins.
Hiroki Kokubo recorded his 300th home runs as a Hawk (394 overall) by hitting two homers in the game.
...Brian Falkenborg topped out at 158km/h (twice) during his outing on Sunday. He also recorded his first save of the year. Which is usually Takahiro Mahara's job. But he ended up pitching the 9th and 10th innings for his first win of the year.
When Akiyama was questioned as to why Mahara entered the game before Falkenborg, he simply said that Mahara was capable of going two innings.
...The Hawks have posted more information about their Konkatsu Seats (KONKATSUシートin福岡Yahoo!JAPAN) at their official site.