Daiki Enokida could be taken off the active roster today in order to give him some time to rest -- he has appeared in 33 of 75 games.
April: 5 G, 6 IP, 6 H, 6 SO, 3 BB, 1 R, 1 ER, 1.50 ERA, 1.50 WHIP
May: 11 G, 13.2 IP, 7 H, 21 SO, 2 BB, 1 R, 1 ER, 0.66 ERA, 0.66 WHIP
June: 8 G, 9.2 IP, 6 H, 9 SO, 7 BB, 5 R, 4 ER, 3.72 ERA, 1.34 WHIP
July: 9 G, 8.1 IP, 11 H, 9 SO, 4 BB, 4 R, 4 ER, 4.32 ERA, 1.80 WHIP
There was a problem with communication between Keiichi Hirano (CF) and Ryo Asai (LF) during last night's game against the Yokohama Bay Stars. In the 4th inning, Shuichi Murata hit a fly ball to left-center. Hirano ran towards the ball at full speed, but started slowing. The ball ended up dropping in between Hirano and Asai and going for a double. It seems Hirano called out that he would get the ball with Asai replying that he understood. Hirano mis-heard Asai and thought Asai was going to catch the ball and slowed down.
Kyuji Fujikawa intentionally walked a batter last night (Shuichi Murata) for the first time since 5/15/2010 (vs Rakuten @ Koshien). It was his 19th intentional walk of his career.
Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi started a Ni-gun game against Chunichi yesterday and gave up 7 runs (5 earned) on 7 hits over 5 innings of work. He also walked 1 and struck out 1.
The Tigers are now leaning towards adding Ikusei pitcher Masashi Sajikihara (6 G, 1-0, 6 IP, 2 H, 0 BB, 5 SO, 0 R, 0 ER) to the 70-man roster.
Yoshinobu Takahashi did not travel with the team to Fukushima for their game against the Yakult Swallows last night due to back/hip pain. He instead stayed in Tokyo to rest and will be available to play tonight (the teams are back in Tokyo to finish out the series at Jingu).
Kyohei Muranaka recorded his first Ichi-gun complete game and shutout last night. Muranaka also helped Junji Ogawa record his 99th victory as manager in his 173rd game (99-62-12). The franchise speed record for managers winning 100 games is currently held by Shigeru Takada, who notched his 100th victory in his 200th game.
Norichika Aoki nailed his 8th career lead-off homer last night, putting him in third on the all-time franchise list (tied with Tetsuya Iida). It was also his first homer of the season.