...A little more info on Hiroki Kokubo's game today. Kokubo started at first and batted fourth. He went 1-for-4.
...Hiroki Kokubo played in a Ni-gun game against Orix today and led off the 2nd inning with a homer. Kokubo was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the 8th inning.
...Seems the Hawks are planning on using a rotation of Hiroki Kokubo, Nobuhiko Matsunaka, and Roberto Petagine at first base, DH, and pinch-hitter. At least, that's the plan once Kokubo is health enough to rejoin the Ichi-gun roster, which could be as early as the 10th (vs Lotte).
The trio will probably also hit in the 5 and 6 hole, behind Hitoshi Tamura.
...The Hawks will be sending in about 10,000 employees to watch two games at Tokyo Dome against the Nippon Ham Fighters (today and tomorrwo).
...Hotto Motto (fast food bento joint), they'll be selling a special Hawks bento beginning on 7/15 (limited to stores in Fukuoka, Saga, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, and Oita). Customers that purchase the bento will receive a free Hawks mobile phone strap and will have a chance to enter into drawings for special prizes like uniforms, baseball cards, and tickets to games.