...Takashi Toritani started taking fielding practice again on Monday. Toritani had been held out of the starting line-up for four games after jamming his right index finger during pre-game practice on the 25th. "I'm not at 100% yet, but I can throw now," said Toritani.
...The Tigers finished out the month of May 11-11 (7-6 at home and 4-5 on the road).
...Prior to giving up a home run to Eiichi Koyano in the 9th inning yesterday, Kyuji Fujikawa had not allowed a home run in 39 consecutive games (the last HR he had given up was to Alex Ramirez on 8/14/2009). It was also Fujikawa second consecutive 1+ inning outing.
...Yuya Ando will not be traveling with the Ni-gun team to Hiroshima tomorrow. He will instead spend his time continuing to make adjustments to his mechanics at the Naruohama training facilities.
...Kazuya Tsutsui recorded his first save of the year during a Ni-gun game against Orix on Sunday. Final line: 1 IP, 4 BF, 0 H, 1 BB, 0 HBP, 3 SO, o R, 1 o ER. It was Tsutsui's first Ni-gun outing since the 16th (vs Softbank) -- he was recovering from some neck pains.
The starter of the game, rookie Takumi Akiyama, allowed just one run over 7 innings of work. Final line: 7 IP, 24 BF, 2 H, 1 BB, 0 HBP, 7 SO, 1 R, 1 ER. Akiyama also topped out at 140km/h.