PL News and Notes: Senichi Hoshino (RAK) would like to see a Tanaka vs Saito match-up before the break
Chiba Lotte Marines
Yoshihisa Naruse struck out at least one hitter in each inning of his shutout last night against the Softbank Hawks. That's something he has accomplished only one other time in his career: 9/25/2009 vs Orix.
Nippon Ham Fighters
Yuki Saito is still scheduled to make a start on the 11th against the Rakuten Eagles (at Sapporo Dome). After that, he'll probably pitch again on the 17th against the Seibu Lions.
Sho Nakata apparently has a pet rabbit and turtle back home in Hiroshima.
Yu Darvish isn't traveling with the team right now. Instead, he's working out at Kamagaya. Darvish will rejoin the team when they head south for a series against the Orix Buffaloes (at Kyocera Dome).
Masahiro Tanaka will probably start 2 more games before the All-Star break as he'll most likely be pitching on 5 days of rest.
Senichi Hoshino is checking with the front office to see if it might be possible to dress down on travel days next season (especially during the hot summer months).
Hoshino is also pushing for a Masahiro Tanaka vs Yuki Saito (HAM) match-up on the 19th.