CL News and Notes: Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi (HAN) will look to become 5th pitcher in NPB history to record win at 43
Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi will likely be added to the active roster today. When he takes the mount, it'll be his first start since turning 43 on 5/16. If he manages to record a victory this season, he'll become just the 5th player in NPB history to do so.
Fumiya Araki will probably be demoted to make room for Shimoyanagi.
The Tigers hit into a franchise high 5 double plays yesterday. Akinobu Mayumi later told reporters that it was his fault because he failed to set the runners in motion.
Michihiro Ogasawara worked out for about 7 hours at Giants Stadium yesterday -- he focused on upper body workouts in the morning and played catch, hit soft toss using just his right hand, and bunt practices in the cages in the afternoon. Said Ogasawara, "I'm still capable of swinging the bat. I also need to make sure I don't re-injure myself. ... The pain is going away. I'd like to ramp things up over time while talking things over with the trainer."
Batting coach Takao Ise blames Masahiro Tanaka and Yu Darvish for messing with the momentum the offense had coming into Inter-league play.
It seems Aaron Guiel, in addition to 3 other players, could also be added to the active roster today (shake-up of the starting line-up).
Kenta Maeda struck out 10 batters last night over 7 innings of work. He also topped out at 151km/h. Said Maeda, "I was able to throw all my pitches well. This was probably my best start of the year."
Kenta Kurihara knocked out his first homer -- a tie-breaking 3-run shot in the 8th -- in his 31st game of the year. For Kurihara, it was the first time in his career that it took so long for him to record his first homer of the season. It once took him 22 games (back in 2003), but this easily breaks that late start.