...Hirotoshi Masui will likely get tonight's start against the Yomiuri Giants.
...Outside of an unearned run on 5/13 (vs the Hanshin Tigers), Hisashi Takeda has not given up an earned run in his last 11 outings. That's a span of 11.1 innings.
...Sports Hochi mentions how Bobby Keppel, with his 46M yen salary, beat a starting line-up with a total salary of close to 2.6B yen.
...The Fighters are 5-1 in the first game of Inter-league play at Sapporo Dome.
2005: beaten by Hanshin, 10-2
2006: beat Chunichi 3-2
2007: beat Yomiuri 3-1
2008: beat Yokohama 6-3
2009: beat Yomiuri 16-6
2010: beat Yomiuri 7-1