Maximo Nelson, Wei-Ying Chen, and Kazuki Yoshimi will likely start the first three games of the second-half of the season.
Daiki Enokida has not allowed a home run yet this season (31 games, 35.2 inning), except to Atsunori Inaba (HAM) during the All-Star series.
Kyuji Fujikawa was excused from practices yesterday in order to give him time to rest and prepare for the Chunichi Dragons' series.
Akihito Fujii listed three things he wanted to help pitchers avoid during the team's upcoming series against the Chunichi Dragons (7/26 - 7/28): allowing the lead-off batter to reach; giving up unnecessary walks; and allowing runners to advance.
The Tigers could add Issei Morita and Wei-Chu Lin to the active roster today.
Tough love? Tomoaki Kanemoto jumped into a session Takahiro Arai was holding with the media after practice yesterday and (jokingly) exchanged some words:
Kanemoto: For this time, everything is dependent on the clean-up hitter. Are you ready for that burden? I did it all, even wiped my own butt. Are you really willing to be this team's clean-up hitter? Can we rely on you?
Arai: Please, rely on me...
Kanemoto: You're responsible for everything. If we lose, it's the clean-up hitter's fault. Even if we lose 10-0, it's all the clean-up hitter's fault.
Members of the coaching staff and front office will be meeting today in order to go over their list of Ikusei players and see who deserves to be added to the 70-man roster. Robert Zarate was more or less on his way to being added, but that's being reconsidered because of recent problems with hip/back pain. Koji Yoshioka is another option being considered.
Owner Shinya Sakai is scheduled to watch all 6 upcoming home games (7/26 - 7/31). He's also hoping to see some of their younger players step-up during the second-half.
Tetsuya Utsumi was taken off the active roster yesterday, most likely due to the come-backer he took off his left shoulder during yesterday's All-Star game. While it doesn't seem to be serious (there is some swelling), the team isn't taking any chances. Utsumi is expected to miss at least one start.
The rotation currently consists of Dicky Gonzalez, Kentaro Nishimura, Jumpei Ono, and Hirokazu Sawamura. Carlos Torres will get a shot at a spot. Hideki Asai will join the Ichi-gun players for practice today. Yuki Koyama, Satoshi Fukuda, and Shugo Fujii are also options.
Tatsunori Hara will likely bat Alex Ramirez third and Hisayoshi Chono fourth.
Giabbit opened up his own Facebook page.
Now that Yoshinori Sato is ready to return, the Swallows will likely got with a 6-man rotation that includes Masanori Ishikawa, Shohei Tateyama,Yuki Shichijo, Kyohei Muranaka, and Tatsuyoshi Masubuchi.
Yoshinori's first Ichi-gun regular season start since his injury could come on 7/31 vs the Yomiuri Giants (Jingu).
The Swallows announced yesterday that they'll be running a contest on Twitter between 7/26 and 7/28 (three game series against Hiroshima at Jingu). To participate, fans just need to post a tweet with the hashtag #swawin2011. The fan with the best tweet during the game will be given a baseball autographed by the player that gets selected for the hero interview from that game.
Nippon Broadcasting's radio program Show-Up Nighter will be broadcasting 6 straight Swallows games (7/26 - 7/31). They'll also be giving away prizes to listeners (autographed baseball and tickets)
Giancarlo Alvarado could get tonight's start against the Yakult Swallows (Jingu). This would be his first start since 6/18 (vs Nippon Ham).
The Carp will be playing the Yomiuri Giants on 8/6 at Mazda Stadium. That also happens to be the same day the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima in 1945 and the first game the team will be playing in Hirohima on 8/6 since 1958. The Carp have posted their pre-game ceremony plans for the game at their official site.
Yokohama Bay Stars
The media learned yesterday that Brent Leach will likely make his first start on the 28th vs Yomiuri (Tokyo Dome).