...Minoru Yamagishi made his first Ni-gun appearance for the Swallows (since arriving in a trade) during a Ni-gun start against Shonan earlier today. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like he had a very good outing, giving up three runs in the first and another run in the third.
...As mentioned yesterday, Shohei Tateyama was diagnosed with fractured toe yesterday and will likely be out 3-4 weeks. According to the latest reports, Tateyama apparently started feeling some discomfort in his right foot a few days before the 23rd (when the pain got worse after running the bases) and did not take part in any running exercises on the 22nd.
...A number of media outlets are already mentioning that the Swallows can no longer win the CL without the help of the Giants losing. In other words, they can no longer win every remaining game on the schedule and beat out the Giants (assuming the Giants were to lose every remaining game against the Swallows and win every other game). The silliness of the word jiriki yusho (自力優勝), especially when we're not even halfway through the season.
...The Swallows will be giving away five-packs of their Yakult drinks to the first 20,000 fans that attend Sunday's game against the Hanshin Tigers. The Swallows will also be looking to break the Guinness Record for most people at a public toast.