...Michihiro Ogasawara was held out of the starting line-up due to tightness in his back. Marc Kroon was in the bullpen but is apparently still feeling pain in his left hamstring. He did play some catch before the game.
...Alex Ramirez hit his 20th homer of the season last night and has now hit 20 or more homers in all 10 of his NPB seasons. That makes him the second foreign player in NPB history to accomplish the feat. The other: Tuffy Rhodes.
...The Giants are 7-0 in games that Hisayoshi Chono homers in.