...Michihiro Ogasawara last batted out of the 2-hole on 6/7/2005 when he was still playing for the Nippon Ham Fighters.
...Tsuyoshi Wada is thinking about increasing the number of vaccination shots he donates based on the number of pitches he throws and whether or not he's the winning pitcher for the All-Star Game. During the regular season, Wada donates 10 shots for every pitch he throws and an additional 10 shots per pitch when he wins. Wada told reporters that he might consider 100 shots per pitch and 200 shots if he's the winning pitcher.
...Yasutomo Kubo is hoping he'll be able to pick up a few pointers on how to throw a good / effective fastball from either Maeda Kenta or Tetsuya Utsumi.
...Hayato Sakamoto had a special All-Star glove made up for him -- it's turquoise blue with his name (Hayato) along the thumb. Kenji Jojima also has some special All-Star gear waiting for him as well (cleats and batting gloves).
...Kyuji Fujikawa has his eyes set on striking out the side during his outing.
...Norichika Aoki told reporters that if he wins the MVP award, he'll donate his winnings to foot and mouth disease relief efforts in Miyazaki. On the other hand, there's what Kazuhisa Ishii told Hideaki Wakui: go win some money for a yakiniku meal.
...Yu Darvish will apparently try to hit 160km/h on the radar gun. He topped out at 156km/h on the 17th (vs Rakuten).
The All-Star radar gun record belongs of 160km/h was set by Marc Kroon (as a member of Yokohama) in 2006.
Sports Hochi reports that Darvish might try to show off a new pitch. Nikkan Sports mentions three hints: thrown mostly to leftties, has a different flight path than the pitches currently in his repertory, and is around 140km/h.
...Masataka Nashida is apparently toying with the idea of playing Tsuyoshi Nishioka in the outfield and using Atsunori Inaba as a reliever. And while Tae-Kyun Kim was originally considered for the clean-up spot, it seems that job will instead go to Hitoshi Tamura.