Tsuyoshi Wada recorded his 19th career Inter-league victory last night. Hideaki Wakui (SEI) also won last night, meaning the two players remain tied for most Inter-league victories.
Jose Ortiz is still on schedule to play in a rehab game on the 28th (San-gun practice game vs Kagawa Olive Guyners). Ortiz is working his way back from a left hamstring strain and also took BP on consecutive days yesterday for the first time since the injury.
Nippon Ham Fighters
Since losing his very first start of the season, Yu Darvish has gone 6-0 with 2 complete game shutouts. Breakdown on teams he beat: Orix (twice), Softbank (once), Rakuten (once), Yakult (once), Chunichi (once). Darvish has also not allowed a run in his last 26 innings pitched (he also hasn't allowed a run in 29 consecutive innings against Chunichi).
Nikkan Sports mentions that NY Yankees' scout Shoichi Kida was at Darvish's start last night.
Darvish topped out at 155km/h and went 2-for-3 at the plate (first 2-hit game of this career) last night.
Sho Nakata batted 4th for the first time in his pro career last night and went 0-for-4. It was just the 3rd time this month that Nakata was held hitless in a game.