...It seems a fairly large number of players took part in practice a Yahoo Dome today, including players like Kenta Kurihara and Tomonori Maeda. Incidentally, Kenta Maeda will likely start tomorrow's game against the Softbank Hawks.
...Dioni Soriano has a new contract worth 5.5M yen with a signing bonus of 10M yen. His new uniform number is 99.
...Eric Stults picked up his first NPB victory of his career last night. Stults started his season with three straight losses before a no decision in his last start on 5/14 against the Rakuten Eagles. Ironically, the no decision came in what may have been his worst NPB start: 6 IP, 4 H (3 HR), 3 SO, 5 BB, 7 R, 7 ER.
...Tomonori Maeda was in the starting line-up for the first time since 7/25/2008.
...Kan Otake is scheduled to pitch 2-3 innings in a Ni-gun start against Hanshin today. This will be his first rehab start of the year.
...The Carp announced yesterday that they will be signing Ikusei player Dioni Soriano to a regular contract. Assuming everything goes smoothly, Soriano could be on the active roster as early as the 23rd. Soriano would also become the 7th foreign player on the regular roster.
Soriano's Ni-gun numbers so far this year: