...Tomohiro Nioka nailed a home run against his 12th NPB club last night against the Yomiuri Giants. Nioka also happens to be 6-for-13 against his former team.
Incidentally, Nioka became the 17th player to hit home runs against 12 different NPB clubs (5 have hit home runs against 13 different NPB clubs). Prior to Inter-league play, there were only three players that had hit homers against all teams in the NPB.
...Sponichi makes note of the salary difference between the Fighters' starter Hirotoshi Masui and the Giants starting-lineup: 9M yen (Masui) vs about 2B yen (Yomiuri).
Speaking of Masui, 15 of the 19 outs he recorded last night came on fastballs, 8 of which were fly balls. And of the 5 hits he allowed, only one came off a fastball. Seems the Giants had a tough time reading the fastball (something that was also mentioned during the game broadcast last night).