...Ni-gun pitchers Shota Kimura, Atsushi Nakazato, and Yasunari Takagi, and Iksuei pitcher Ryuichi Bito tossed BP to the Giants' hitters at Tokyo Dome earlier today. Seems the hitters wanted to see pitches from live arms and the Giants thought letting the youngsters pitch would be best.
...The Giants unveiled their Yumi-no Uniform (夢のユニホーム) earlier today. A total 13,141 kids submitted designs for the uniform. The winning design was submitted by an 8th grader from Saitama.
The Giants will be wearing the uniforms during a three game series against the Yakult Swallows that begins on 7/19.
...The Giants signed Levi Romero (formerly an Ikusei player) to a regular contract today and assigned him the number 41.
...Tetsuya Utsumi tossed 56 pitches in the bullpen yesterday. Utsumi will be looking to end a 0-6 streak against the Chunichi Dragons with a possible start against them tomorrow (he has not won a game against Chunichi since 9/25/2007).
...Sponichi notes that Dicky Gonzalez's next Ichi-gun start could come on the 22nd against the Yakult Swallows. Nikkan Sports mentions that Gonzalez's next start could be on the 19th against the Chunichi Dragons. In either case, the Giants will need to demote someone from the active roster in order to make room for Gonzalez. According to Sponichi, it'll likely be a position player, specifically a toss-up between Taishi Ota and Hisayoshi Chono.
Nikkan Sports also mentions that Gonzalez has been dieting for about a month now and is slowly beginning to feel the positive effects from the weight loss.