Craig Brazell doesn't have a hit in his last 15 trips to the plate (span of 4 games; as of the 4/30).
Alex Ramirez's 415 straight Yomiuri games batting fourth began on 5/4/2008 (vs Yakult @ Jingu).
Kazuhiro Hatakeyama played his first game out in left this season yesterday and misplayed a fly ball in the 1st inning that ended up becoming a 3-run double. Junji Ogawa on his decision to start Hatakeyama in left: "The thing I was worried about the most came true. It was my fault [for starting him in left]."
This is the first time the Carp finished the month of April in 1st place since 2000.