Shuhei Fukuda made a diving catch in the 2nd inning of tonight's game against the Rakuten Eagles and injured his left shoulder. Fukuda ended up staying in the game after the play, but left on defense in the 4th. He later told reporters he thought he may have dislocated the shoulder and that he could be heading back to Fukuoka tomorrow.
Jose Ortiz took some grounders at first during pre-game practice tonight. With Alex Cabrera hurt (left hamstring injury), the Hawks wanted to see if Ortiz could take over Cabrera's spot in swapping DH and 1B starts with Hiroki Kokubo.
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The Fighters will be setting up a haunted house at Sapporo Dome during a 3-game series against the Softbank Hawks in August (8/12-8/14).
Yu Darvish currently leads both leagues with 12 victories in 14 starts (and the Fighters' 67th game of the year). According to Daily Sports, that puts Darvish on pace for 26 victories. Sponichi puts it at 25.
If Darvish finishes with 20 victories this year, he'll be the first in franchise history to do it since Mikio Kudo in 1982. And the last 25-game winner in the NPB was Keishi Suzuki (Kintetsu Buffaloes) in 1978.
Satoshi Nagai is tentatively set to rejoin the active roster in time for a start on the 17th against the Orix Buffaloes (Kleenex Stadium).
Akinori Iwamura hurt the base of his left thumb during pre-game fielding practice today and was held out of the game. Yosuke Takasu got the start at third, in place of Iwamura. For Takasu, it was his first game at third since 2008.
Ryohei Isaka started last night's game on 3 days of rest -- he threw 90 pitches on the 9th and 99 pitches last night.
The Eagles won last night's game with only 1 run that scored in the first inning. The only other time the team did that was back on 9/22/2006 and Yosuke Takasu was responsible for driving in the lone run of the game in both instances.