In recording his first victory as a starter, Tadashi Settsu got 12 ground ball outs yesterday (including 3 double plays).
Hiroki Kokubo didn't realize he hit his 350th career double yesterday until he heard the announcement. Kokubo is also 1 homer away from 400 and 127 hits away from 2,000.
Takahiro Mahara was taken off the active roster yesterday in order to give him some time to make adjustments to his mechanics. In 5 outings this season, Mahara gave up 6 runs (all earned) on 9 hits and 5 walks over 4 innings of work.
Yusei Kikuchi tossed a shutout inning in relief during a Ni-gun game against Yomiuri yesterday. Kikuchi entered the game in the 6th; struck out one; and topped out at 147km/h.
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Yu Darvish threw 43 pitches in the bullpen yesterday.
The Buffaloes showed off the retro uniforms (Hankyu uniforms from the 1970's) they'll be wearing on 5/7, 8 (vs Lotte at Hotto Motto Field) and 5/20, 21 (vs Hiroshima at Kyocera Dome) before yesterday's game against the Seibu Lions at Kyocera Dome. Hiroshi Kisanuki and Yoshihisa Hirano modeled the uniforms.
Takeshi Yamasaki went 3-for-3 last night and has now hit safely in all of his team's 12 games this season. He's also now 7 homers away from 400.
Senichi Hoshino told reporters after yesterday's loss that he wanted his players to show a little more grit and less finesse. The actual quote:
It's like I'm watching the same play over [and over again]. It's like they're too easy-going... I want them to stop with that already.
At 6-6-0, if the Eagles want to return to Sendai with a record above 500, they'll need to sweep their upcoming 2-game series against the Seibu Lions.