...Yuji Yoshimi worked out today in preparation for his first Pacific League start tomorrow against the Orix Buffaloes (all of his starts so far this year came during Inter-league play against Central League teams).
...Yuta Omine started a Ni-gun game yesterday against Yomiuri and tossed 5 shutout innings while striking out 8. Final line: 5 IP, 21 BF, 6 H, 0 BB, 1 HBP, 8 SO, 0ER.
Said Omine, "I was able to throw a lot of curves and sliders and was able to get ahead in the count and strike batters out. It was good because I was able to try a few things out."
Omine's next start could come against the Nippon Ham Fighters on the 27th.
...Bill Murphy became the first foreign pitcher in franchise history to start the season with a 6-game winning streak since Leo Kiely in 1953. He's also just the third foreign pitcher to start his NPB career with a 6-game winning streak.