Kenji Jojima did not take part in pre-game practice today due to stiffness in his back (he instead got treatment in the clubhouse). No word regarding whether or not he'll be able to play tonight.
It seems there's a chance Tomoyuki Kubota might be sent down to Ni-gun in order to work out his issues. Kubota has allowed 10 runs (all earned) on 15 hits (including 2 homers) and 7 walks over 13.2 innings of work.
The Tigers may be wishing they had protected Takuya Takahama. Takahama isn't blowing anyone away, but he's getting things done for the Chiba Lotte Marines. He went 2-for-4 with a sac hit in his first game of the season on Tuesday (5/24) and went 1-for-3 with a double, a run scored, and 2 sac hits on Wednesday (5/25).
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Norihiro Nakamura joined the Ni-gun team today for his first day of practice.
Former Yomiuri Giant, Masumi Kuwata, is currently taking part in the Fuji Country Kani Club Challenge Cup 2011. His scorecard. His younger brother, Izumi, is also playing in the tournament. (via Daily Sports)