Hideto Asamura's 12-game hitting streak came to an end yesterday.
Chiba Lotte Marines
Shingo Ono was removed from yesterday's game against the Softbank Hawks after 4 innings due to tightness in his right leg (adductor muscle). Ono was just activated yesterday but will be taken off the active roster today. Takayuki Takaguchi will be called up in his place.
Nippon Ham Fighters
Yuki Saito tossed about 40 pitches in the bullpen at Sapporo Dome yesterday in preparation for his start tomorrow against the Seibu Lions.
Takahiro Okada was not in the starting line-up for today's game against the Rakuten Eagles. Okada has been struggling a little with his strikeout rate: 11 in his last 17 trips to the plate. His other 6 trips to the plate: 3 hits, 2 ground outs, and 1 walk.
Masahiro Tanaka gave Senichi Hoshino the game ball after yesterday's Kleenex Stadium home opener victory. Hoshino now has all three opening day game balls from this season: road opener victory by Hisashi Iwakuma (4/12 vs Lotte at QVC Marine); temporary home opener victory by Tanaka (4/15 vs Orix at Koshien); and real home opener victory by Tanaka (4/29 at Kleenex Stadium).