...Marc Kroon apparently ordered some pizza and soda prior to last night's game at Iwaki Stadium.
...Kentaro Nishimura is probably heading to Ni-gun after another rough start last night. Nishimura has gone 0-3 in 5 starts (19 ER over 20.2 IP) since his last victory on 5/30 (vs Seibu).
...Seth Greisinger is scheduled to pitch in a simulated game on the 9th. Yesterday, Greisinger tossed 38 pitches in the bullpen and told reporters that he felt no pain and was making good progress.
...Alex Ramirez made a deal with trainer Ioki Otsuka that if he was selected to the All-Star roster by the fans, Otsuka would shave his head. Ramirez won the bet so Otsuka will be shaving his head within the next couple days (Otsuka also sought permission from Tatsunori Hara).
An interesting note for those not familiar with Japanese: people with shaved heads are often called "skinheads" in Japanese. If you take the word literally, as in only skin on the head, it makes sense. It should also be noted that most Japanese people don't know the "real" English meaning of skinhead.
Ramirez also hit his first come-from-behind homer of the season last night.