Matt Murton starting to heat up...
March / April: 15-for-64, 22 TB, 4 RBI, 10 SO, 4 BB, .234/.279/.344
May: 27-for-88, 33 TB, 5 RBI, 11 SO, 6 BB, .307/.358/.375
June: 12-for-31, 17 TB, 3 RBI, 8 SO, 0 BB, .387/.375/.548
He also collected his fourth straight multi-hit game last night.
Yuya Ando will probably get Sunday's start (6/12) against the Seibu Lions (at Seibu Dome). On Thursday, Ando spent about 15 minutes in the bullpen checking on his mechanics. In 8 Ni-gun games this season, Ando has gone 2-2 with a 2.57 ERA (35 IP, 33 H, 2 HR, 8 BB, 21 SO, 11 R, 10 ER).
Sports Hochi: Kenji Jojima was may have been wearing some sort of a brace on his right arm during practice on the 9th (he had his left sleeve rolled up but kept the right sleeve down). And while he did take BP on the 9th, he did not do any throwing. Sports Hochi also mentions that an unnamed source saying that he hasn't heard of Jojima talking about pain. Jojima is essentially day-to-day.
Yoshiyuki Kamei and Yoshinobu Takahashi are scheduled to join the Ichi-gun team for practice today. And if everything is fine, they'll join the active roster tomorrow.
The Swallows have not lost a game when Kazuhiro Hatakeyama hits a homer: they are 7-0-1 in 8 games this year. In 2010, the Swallows went 9-4 in games that Hatakeyama homered in.