...Jason Standridge will likely start tonight's game against the Softbank Hawks.
...Sponichi notes that Matt Murton is currently on pace to record 213 hits this season (he has 80 hits in 54 games so far). That would break Ichiro's single season record of 210 hits. (Nikkan Sports mentioned 225.)
Murton also had his 7th three+ hit game and his 24th multi-hit game of the year yesterday.
...Keiichi Hirano is swinging a hot bat. He has 2 or more hits in his last four games and has hit safely in 8 straight games. Over the streak: 16-for-32 (.500), 6 R, 1 RBI, 1.118 OPS.