Yasuyuki Kataoka played in a Ni-gun game against Nippon Ham yesterday. It was his first rehab game since dislocating his right shoulder back in July. He started at second, batted second, and went 0-for-2 (he didn't play a full game).
Takeya Namura became the first player to 30 homers in either league last night. He's also the 11th player in NPB history to become the first to 30 homers in either league twice in his career (2009 and 2011).
Four other players in franchise history have been the first to 30 homers. They are: Futoshi Nakanishi (1953-1955), Terry Whitfield (1983), Koji Akiyama (1987 and 1991), and Alex Cabrera (2001). That also means the Lions are the only franchise to have three players that have been the first to 30 homers 2 or more times in their career. Up until now, it was a tie between Seibu, Yomiuri (Sadaharu Oh 9 times and Hideki Matsui 3 times), and Kintetsu (Ralph Bryant 2 times and Tuffy Rhodes 3 times).
There were scouts from 5-6 MLB clubs at last night's game against Rakuten (at Seibu Dome), likely checking out Hisashi Iwakuma (RAK) and Hiroyuki Nakajima (SEI).
Nichiro (the guy that made headlines at a Seattle game earlier this month) was at last night's game. Nichiro sat on the first base side, further up from the seats close to the field. Said Nichiro, "If I grab a ball from here I'll be ok. This is my first time at Seibu Dome. [Takeya] Nakamura's homer was just as amazing as the one's in the Majors."
Takahiro Okada will likely be demoted to Ni-gun today because of his inconsistency at the plate.
The Eagles have left 25 runners on base in their last 2 games.
Fuminori Yokogawa uses the same model bat Takeya Nakamura (SEI) uses.