CL News and Notes: Tetsuya Utsumi (YOM) has not allowed a run to the Eagles in 37 consecutive innings
Motonobu Tanishige injured his left knee during a collision play at home plate in the 5th inning of tonight's game against the Seibu Lions (Hisashi Takayama slid into home) and had to be removed from the game. The severity of the injury is not yet known as Tanishige told reporters that he had never suffered a similar kind of injury in the past and therefore had no idea how long it would take for it to heal.
Tony Blanco was taken off the active roster today. While the Dragons don't release reporters on players injuries, Daily Sports guesses it might have something to do with his right wrist -- Blanco apparently did something to it during practice yesterday. Blanco may have also simply been taken off the active roster due to his struggles at the plate (36 G, 28-for-127, 7 HR, 17 RBI, 34 SO, .220 / .306 / .441).
Kyuji Fujikawa notched his 165th career save Friday night and moved into a 7th place tie with Takahiro Mahara (SOF) on the All-Time saves list.
Tomoaki Kanemoto spent about 30 minutes swinging the bat in front of a mirror after Friday night's game.
Minoru Iwata won his start against the Softbank Hawks at Koshien Stadium Friday night. For Iwata, it was his first victory at Koshien Stadium since 10/4/2009 (vs Chunichi).
Tetsuya Utsumi has not lost a game against the Rakuten Eagles during Inter-league play: 6-0 in 7 starts and 1 relief appearance. He also hasn't allowed any Eagles to score over his last 37 consecutive innings.
Hayato Sakamoto recorded his 13th lead-off homer of his career (four of which have come this season) tonight and moved into sole possession of 4th on the franchise list -- behind Isao Shibata (25), Shigeru Takada (20), and Toshihisa Nishi (19) and ahead of Yoshinobu Takahashi (12).