Hideto Asamura is a candidate to bat lead-off with Yasuyuki Kataoka (47-for-198, .237/.301/.283) struggling at the plate. Takumi Kuriyama is also an option.
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The Fighters announced that Toshiyuki Yanuki's wife gave birth to the couple's first child (a 2,486 gram girl) yesterday.
The Buffaloes worked out at QVC Marine yesterday. Hayato Tehara told reporters he plans on pitching from the set position during his start tomorrow in an attempt to off-set the strong winds. Tehara didn't have much experience during his last start at QVC Marine on 4/27 (6 IP, 6 H, 8 R, 8 ER) and felt that the winds messed with his balance on the mound.
Senichi Hoshino has apparently set the rotation so that Masahiro Tanaka gets starts on the 6/25 vs Seibu and on 7/1 vs Lotte. Kenji Tomura will also probably join the rotation (in addition to Kelvin Jimenez starting today).
The Eagles will host Sounds of Ballgame at Kleenex Stadium on the 6/30 (vs Softbank). For this one game, fans will be able to enjoy the sounds of baseball, without any musical instruments blaring in the background.