Minoru Iwata has teamed up with Arkray to set up Minoru Project Iwata 21. The project will aim to help educate and support kids (and their families) with type 1 diabetes. (via Nikkan Sports) Iwata also won his start today, his first since 10/4/2009 (vs Chunichi at Koshien).
Takumi Akiyama started a Ni-gun game against Orix today and gave up 1 run on 7 hits over 5 innings of work. This was Akiyama's first start since turning 20 on 4/26.
Tetsuya Yamaguchi threw 37 pitches in the bullpen today (standing catcher). This was his first session since he got demoted on 4/23.
Junji Ogawa told reporters that he might have to re-think the role Kenichi Matsuoka has with the team after he gave up 5 runs (all earned) over 0.1 innings of work. Said Ogawa, "Matsuoka hasn't been doing very well. He's been just getting by, but today it fell apart [for him]. I think I may have to reconsider how to use him."