Merchandise commemorating Hitoki Iwase's NPB record-setting 287th save will become available on 7/5. The team is also thinking about preparing for 300.
Tomoaki Kanemoto was held out of the starting line-up last night for the third straight game, a first since June, 1996. Reason for being left out of the line-up: ground conditions due to the rain.
Kazuhito Futagami started an Ikusei game against San-gun Softbank yesterday and did not allow a run over 6.2 innings of work (he did give up 5 hits). Futagami is coming back from an ulnar collateral ligament injury in his right elbow.
Michihiro Ogasawara was dropped to the 6th spot in the batting order (for the first time in his career) yesterday due to his recent struggles at the plate. The change didn't seem to help as his hitless streak continues: 0 hits in his last 23 trips to the plate.
The Swallows are expected to take Kazuki Fukuchi off the active roster after he dislocated his left shoulder during a game against the Chiba Lotte Marines yesterday.
With their loss yesterday, the Carp are now guaranteed the worst record during Inter-league play this year.
Yokohama Bay Stars
Norihiro Nakamura knocked out a game-tying 2-run homer yesterday against the Softbank Hawks. For Nakamura, it was his first homer since 8/27/2010 and his 379th homer of his career.