Nippon Ham Fighters
Yuki Saito threw about 40 pitches in the bullpen yesterday in preparation for his start today.
Akinobu Okada became the 28th manager in NPB history to record 500 victories (5th for active active managers).
Seung-Yeop Lee was left out of the starting line-up last night with a banged up left shoulder. Lee hurt his shoulder during Saturday night's game when he dove for a ball in foul territory in the 2nd inning and landed on it.
Lee told reporters there wasn't much pain but the Buffaloes didn't want to take any chances.
The 7 runs and 2 homers Masahiro Tanaka surrendered last night both tied career highs. Tanaka has allowed 7 runs in a total 5 outings over his career, with the last coming on 5/9/2010 (vs Nippon Ham); and he has given up 2 homers in one game 10 times in his career, with the last on 4/22/2011 (vs Nippon Ham).
Tanaka's ERA also jumped from 1.16 to 1.54.