The Tigers will likely start Atsushi Nomi, Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi, and Minoru Iwata during their upcoming 3-game series against the Yomiuri Giants (@ Tokyo Dome).
Yuya Ando worked out at Naruohama today. He is scheduled to toss about 100 pitches during his next rehab start on the 3rd (Ni-gun game vs Orix). If he makes it through this start, the pitch count limits will likely be removed.
Matt Murton appears to be picking up some speed: he is 5-for-11 over his last 3 games and 13-for-37 since 4/20 (9 games including 4 multi-hit games).
Tomoaki Kanemoto hit his 416th career double in yesterday's game against the Yakult Swallows. He needs just two more in order to tie Shigeo Nagashima for 6th on the all-time list.
Shun Tono will likely start tomorrow's home opener (Tokyo Dome) against the Hanshin Tigers.
Michihiro Ogasawara is 2 hits away from 2,000.
Wladimir Balentien has his second 2-homer game of the season yesterday and now leads the NPB in home runs with 8.
The last time the Swallows were the first team to win 10 games in the Central League was back in 1997 when they finished 83-52-2 (good for 1st place).
Kenta Maeda started on four days of rest for the first time since October 7, 2009 (and 4th time in his career).