...Hitoki Iwase became just the third pitcher in NPB history to record 250 saves tonight (vs Nippon Ham). The other two pitchers are Shingo Takatsu and Kazuhiro Sasaki.
...Daisuke Yamai will likely start tonight's game against the Nippon Ham Fighters.
...Hitoki Iwase hopes he doesn't have to wait too long in order to save his 250th career game. Said Iwase, "I already failed once. I'd just like to get it over with as soon as possible."
...Kazuki Yoshimi worked out with the Ichi-gun roster during full squad practice at Nagoya Dome yesterday. Yoshimi told reporters that he was feeling fine and that the only thing remaining was for him to get the feel for pitching again. Yoshimi is expected to make a start on the 18th against the Yomiuri Giants.
...Naomichi Donoue also joined the Ichi-gun roster for practice yesterday. His workouts included BP and fielding grounders at second base.