A lttle more on Kurihara's game. He was the starting DH and batted first. Out comes for his 4 at bats: line out to the pitcher, GIDP, ground out to first, and a single to center. Kurihara also took the field (third base) in the 5th and handled two changes without any problems.
Kurihara will likely play in another Ni-gun game on the 6th (vs Chunichi).
Kenta Kurihara went 1-for-4 in a Ni-gun practice game against Industrial league team JFE Nishi Nihon yesterday (his hit was a single to center in his fourth at bat of the game).
Kurihara told reporters that he still isn't able to swing the bat with authority and that he's still a bit hesitant about swinging the bat.
There's still talk of him making a possible return as early as the 7th (vs Yomiuri).