Kenji Otonari did not take part in pre-game practices on Tuesday because he wasn't feeling well. He was also scratched from his start on Thursday -- Shota Oba will start the game in his place.
Chiba Lotte Marines
Georgia will be selling a special Marines-branded can of coffee. The Marines-branded coffee will be available in vending machines in Chiba beginning on the 8th (they'll also be available during an event before Saturday's game against the Orix).
Nippon Ham Fighters
Yoshio Itoi was hit by a pitch on his right pinky toe during his at bat in the 6th inning of tonight's game against the Chiba Lotte Marines. Itoi was removed from the game on defense in the 8th and was taken to a hospital for x-rays.
Osamu Fukuma: Chief pitching coach -> Chief Ikusei coach
Motoyuki Akahori: Chief Ikusei coach -> Ichi-gun pitching coach (bullpen)
Hiroshi Kobayashi: Pitching coach (bullpen) -> Chief Pitching coach (dugout)