The Hawks are the first team in the NPB to win 30 games this season.
Nippon Ham Fighters
The Fighters now have 8 shutouts in 10 games. They also set an Inter-league record with 9 shutout victories in 16 games so far this year.
Yuki Saito turned 23 yesterday. In addition to receiving four carts worth of presents, he also received a cake from a fan -- a team official told reporters that the cake was properly stored in a refrigerator since Saito was out all day yesterday (it was a day off for the Ni-gun players).
For practice today, Saito threw 23 pitches in the bullpen. He also took some soft toss BP (for lower body workouts) and spent time signing autographs for about 50 fans.
The Fighters announced that Sho Nakata will be inviting 100 elementary school students from Sapporo to a game on the 12th (vs Yokohama); and that Yuya Ishii will be inviting 300 people with hearing disabilities to a game on the 11th (vs Yokohama).
Some fans at Jingu Stadium were calling for Senichi Hoshino to step down.