Seiichi Uchikawa hit a homer against his former team yesterday and became the 21st player in NPB history to record a homer against all teams in the NPB. That he did it with his 85th homer of his career means he also achieved the milestone with the fewest number of home run hit.
Alex Cabrera did not take part in pre-game practices yesterday, although he was at the stadium (he showed up with a limp).
Chiba Lotte Marines
108 of the 119 pitches Yuki Karakawa threw yesterday were either fastballs or sliders.
Nippon Ham Fighters
Yuki Saito threw 39 pitches in the bullpen yesterday.
After yesterday's walk-off loss to the Chunichi Dragons, Akinobu Okada griped about why Mamoru Kishida turned to his slider when he has a good fastball.
A frustrated Senichi Hoshino told reporters yesterday he thought that making mistakes might be a part of the team's DNA (the Eagles committed two errors yesterday for a total 29 on the year: an E5 - botched infield pop-up involving Daisuke Kusano and Kazuo Matsui in the 3rd; and an E2 - throwing error by Motohiro Shima in the 4th).