Seiichi Uchikawa was left out of the starting line-up again today, but did get into the game as a pinch-hitter in the 8th.
Nobuhiko Matsunaka played in a Ni-gun game against Orix today; he started in left and batted fourth; he went 1-for-3 (single to right in his first at bat) before getting subbed after his 3rd at bat in the 6th inning.
Takumi Kuriyama homer in the 3rd inning off Masahiro Tanaka (RAK) was number 8,000 for the Lions' franchise.
Chiba Lotte Marines
Bill Murphy worked out at Hotto Motto Field today. He also spent some time checking on the mound before practice since he's scheduled to start tomorrow's game against the Orix Buffaloes.
Atsuhiro Mitsuhara also worked out at Hotto Motto Field today. Mitsuhara is currently scheduled to start Sunday's game against the Buffaloes -- this will be his first regular season start against his former team.
Saburo had his right ring finger re-examined at a hospital today and was diagnosed with a contusion (no fracture as previously suspected). Said Norifumi Nishimura, "I was relieved when I heard it was a contusion. It'll probably take 2-3 days for the pain to go away when hitting and throwing. Whether or not he'll be able to play tomorrow will depend on how he's feeling."
Nippon Ham Fighters
Sho Nakata appears to have finally hit a groove. After starting the season 0-for-18 (5 games), he has gone 19-for-53 (15 games) with 3 doubles, 2 triples, 3 homers and 15 RBI. He's still striking out a lot though: 23 strikeouts to 1 walk in 74 trips to the plate.
Yuki Saito threw 36 pitches in the bullpen in preparation for his start on the 8th (vs Softbank). With the Inter-league season approaching, Saito also spent some time working on his hitting.
The Buffaloes are the only team in the NPB that hasn't been able to string together consecutive victories so far this season. They have, however, managed two 3-game losing streaks.
Senichi Hoshino turned down requests for a post-game interview (for the first time) after tonight's shutout loss against the Seibu Lions.
Hiromichi Fujiwara made a rehab Ni-gun start against Seibu yesterday and gave up 1 run on 3 hits over 1 inning of work. For Fujiwara, it was his first outing since hr went under the knife (left elbow) in June 2010.