The Hawks traveled to Yokohama from Nagoya in the morning today. Seiichi Uchikawa worked out at Yokohama Stadium but Hiroki Kokubo took the day off to rest his body. Pitchers did lots of running while position players took BP and fielding practice.
Yusei Kikuchi celebrated his 20th birthday today -- reporters presented Kikuchi with a small birthday cake and tie. Said Kikuchi, "I'd like to record that first victory. It's something I've been saying since before the start of the season. I went through a lot, like injuries, when I was 19; I'd like to use the experiences from then to help me succeed now that I've turned 20."
Kids 15 and under will be able to watch Lions games for free during the month of August (12 games at Seibu Dome and 1 game at Omiya). The free seats are located in the INF non-reserved and OF non-reserved sections.
Chiba Lotte Marines
Shunsuke Watanabe will probably start tomorrow's game against the Yakult Swallows.
Nippon Ham Fighters
Yuki Saito threw 36 pitches in the bullpen today. He also took part in fielding practices that had him drained: like a steady stream of grounders until a baseball is successful thrown threw a hole in a net; and running in one spot for 50 steps before each grounder.
Sho Nakata hit 11 baseballs over the fence during BP at Mazda Stadium today. He also stayed back after practice with a number of other players, like Atsunori Inaba, for extra BP.
The Fighters announced that they will launch around 3,000 fireworks at Sapporo Dome after their game against the Seibu Lions on 7/16. This will be part of a Hokkaido Festival the Fighters are holding during their 3-game series against the Seibu Lions that begins on 7/15. It'll also be a first for Sapporo Dome, which will celebrating it's 10th year in operation (opened on 6/3/2001).
Shinya Nakayama will probably start tomorrow's game against the Chunichi Dragns (Nagoya Dome); Chihiro Kaneko will likely gets Sunday's start.