Yhency Brazoban worked out with the other pitchers at Yahoo Dome today. Said Brazoban, "I'm feeling good. I'm ready to pitch whenever the manager needs me to pitch. I want to make it to the Ichi-gun roster as soon as possible."
While Brazoban will likely start things out at Ni-gun, he did travel with the team to Osaka after practice today. He's also scheduled to toss a bullpen session tomorrow.
"I want to to see him [toss a bullpen session] in Osaka first," said Koji Akiyama. "We need him to get used to Japanese baseball."
Chiba Lotte Marines
Nippon Ham Fighters
Yuki Saito is scheduled to start tomorrow's game against the Chiba Lotte Marines (at Sapporo Dome).
Masahiro Tanaka picked up his 10th victory of the season and lowered his ERA to an NPB-leading 1.16. Tanaka's July numbers:
5 G, 5 GS, 3-1, 41.0 IP, 32 H, 32 SO, 8 BB, 6 R, 5 ER, 1.10 ERA, 0.98 WHIP
Tanaka is also the first pitcher out of high school to record double-digit wins in 4 out of 5 seasons since Yu Darvish (HAM) and Hideaki Wakui (SEI) in 2009.