...Yudai Kawai started and won his first game of the season last night. It was also his first victory since 7/30/2009 and his first Ichi-gun start since 9/30/2009. While Kawai had a great start last season when he reeled off 11 straight victories to start the season, he struggled after that, going 0-5 over his last 6 starts of the season. He then took a batted ball off his right shin during an exhibition game on 3/2 that relegated him to Ni-gun.
...Hitoki Iwase is three saves away from 250.
...Chunichi Shimbun notes the trio of Akifumi Takahashi, Takuya Asao, and Iwase have yet to allow runs and lost a game at Nagoya Dome this year.