The Hawks have yet to lose an Inter-league game and are now 6-0-2. That sets a new franchise high (8 straight games to start Inter-league play without a loss).
Tsuyoshi Wada gave Takahiro Mahara yesterday's game ball.
Mahara has had a tough start to the year: his mother passed away just before the start of the season (4/10) and couldn't seem to get things into gear after that. On 4/24, the team decided to demote Mahara to Ni-gun after one of the worst starts of his career (he allowed a run in all 5 appearances he made). He was finally made it back to the active roster on 5/23 and he managed to record his first save of the year last night in his first appearance since returning.
Injury update: Kenji Akashi (making his way back from left foot surgery) played in a Ni-gun / San-gun practice game on the 15th, his first game since November 2010. Assuming no setbacks, he could play in a Ni-gun rehab game some time next week.
Chiba Lotte Marines
Tadahito Iguchi extended his hitting streak to 14 games tonight.
Nippon Ham Fighters
Yuki Saito threw 62 pitches (including off-speed pitches) in the bullpen today. As of now, it seems likely that he'll make his first rehab start on the 28th (Ni-gun game vs Yomiuri at Giants Stadium). After that, he could make additional rehab starts (with an increasing workloads) on 6/4 (vs Yokohama) and 6/11 (vs Lotte).