Hitoki Iwase appeared in his 586th consecutive game as a reliever last night and tied an NPB record held by Soichi Fujita (SOF).
Masaaki Koike hit a grand slam last night -- the third of his career and his first since 6/8/2006.
Doala managed to turn a back-flip during last night's game (after the 7th inning) against the Hanshin Tigers.
Akinobu Mayumi told reporters last night he probably should have taken Naoto Tsuru out of the game a little sooner.
Sanspo and Yoshinoya will be giving away coupons for free gyudons at Yoshinoya each time either Craig Brazell hits a homer (two winners, large, 20 coupons) or Matt Murton collects 2 or more hits during a game (five winners, regular, 10 coupons).
The Giants are hoping Josh Fields will be able to play in a Ni-gun game some time around the 12th or 13th. Fields is still waiting for his visa to clear.
From yesterday's Ni-gun practice game against Niigata Albirex (BC League): Hideki Asai started the game and tossed 5 shutout innings; he also did not allow any hits. ... Ikusei player Yukinori Momiyama started in left and batted sixth. He went 1-for-3: fly out to first, double play, 2-run single to center. His wife also gave birth to their first child, a boy, on 7/1.
The Swallows are in the midst of a 6-game winning streak against the Yomiuri Giants, a first since 1997.
Yokohama Bay Stars
Naoyuki Shimizu will be making his return to the active roster with tomorrow's start against the Chunichi Dragons (at Nagoya Dome). Shimizu was taken off the active roster on 4/22 after hurting his right shoulder during a game the day before. His last outing: a Ni-gun start against Lotte in which he allowed 1 run on 3 hits over 8 innings of work and also struck out 6.