Takahiro Saeki will likely be added to the active roster today after he took part in Ichi-gun practices at Hiratsuka Stadium yesterday.
An eco-friendly Doala? It seems Doala will be green as part of the Dragons Eco-Friendly Night Game on 8/17.
Yasutomo Kubo won his start last night and is now 8-0 in his last 10 starts against the Yakult Swallows (his 8 straight wins against the Swallows puts him in a franchise tie with Yutaka Enatsu and Shigeru Kobayashi).
Kubo started throwing with his left arm during his rehab assignment when he was working his way back from a left flank strain. He has since decided to continue throwing with his left arm because he found that it helps to use muscles he normally doesn't use much. Kubo even purchased a glove for his right hand.
Tomoaki Kanemoto played in his 2,402nd career game tonight and moved into sole possession of 10th on the All-time list. He also recorded his 2,416th hit, moving him to first on the All-time list for active players (and into sole possession of 10th on the All-time list).
Hirokazu Sawamura lost his start last night and decided to shave his hair down after the game (he got out the clippers and cut his hair down in the clubhouse).
Hisayoshi Chono joined the Ichi-gun team for practice last night at Tokyo Dome. During pre-game practice, Takeru Imamura (HIR) once again apologized to Chono; Kenjiro Nomura also apologized to Tatsunori Hara.
Chono was available off the bench last night, but wasn't used. The team will to continue to monitor him and decide on his status based on how he's feeling.
Ryo Kawashima joined the Ichi-gun team for practice yesterday for the first time this season. Kawashima was hampered by right shoulder pains during spring camp and failed to make the active roster.
Yokohama Bay Stars
Team president Takao Kaji told reporters yesterday that he was interested in keeping Daisuke Miura in Yokohama next season. Miura is in the final year of a 3-year deal he sign in during the 2008 off-season. Kaji also said he'd like to see Miura finish his career in Yokohama.