...The NPB announced today that uniforms worn during the All-Star Game this year will be auctioned off online with proceeds going towards foot and mouth disease relief efforts in Miyazaki. The auction will take place between 8/2 and 8/9.
...Alex Ramirez told reporters he had a couple ideas for a special HR jig he wanted to do with Craig Brazell should one of them hit a homer during the All-Star Games. Seems he's working on a version of Fukuoka and a version for Niigata.
Fresh All-Star News
...The committee overseeing the All-Star games announced today that Hirotoshi Masui (HAM; right shoulder), Tomoya Ichikawa (YOM; lower back pain), and Ryo Hirai (YAK; warts?) won't be participating in this year's Fresh All-Star Game due to injuries. The three players will be replaced by Toshiyuki Yanuki (HAM), Taishi Ota (YOM), and Mikinori Kato (YAK).