For those keeping track, the Tigers have lost their last 3 Wednesday games and their last 5 Thursday games.
Team president Nobuo Minami is scheduled to watch tonight's game against the Yomiuri Giants. The Tigers also also expected to hold a team development meeting for next season sometime before the end of the month (likely sometime around the 30th).
Atsushi Nomi worked out for about 2 hours yesterday at the indoor training facilities at Jingu for his start against the Yomiuri Giants tomorrow. Jason Standridge, scheduled to start on Thursday (8/25), tossed a bullpen session.
Fujikawa made 13 appearances last season in which he pitched more than an inning. So far this year, in an attempt to keep him fresh for the final stretch, the Tigers have avoided using Fujikawa in more than one inning an outing. But with the season winding down and wins becoming increasingly more important, they may turn to Fujikawa a little earlier than the 9th.
Craig Brazell has struggled against tonight's Yomiuri Giants' starter Dicky Gonzalez (lifetime: 1-for-19, 0 HR, 0 RBI). When batting coach Yutaka Wada was asked if Brazell would be in the starting line-up, he said the manager would be making that decision.
Takumi Akiyama and Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi are scheduled to pitch in a Ni-gun game against Orix today. Of the two, it seems Akiyama may land an Ichi-gun start against Yakult on the 27th (Koshien).
Tetsuya Utsumi tossed 57 pitches in the bullpen yesterday in preparation for a start on the 24th against the Hanshin Tigers (Tokyo Dome).
Chang-Yong Lim worked out with the starting pitchers at Jingu yesterday and told reporters that his back/hip were now feeling fine. He's currently scheduled to return to the active roster today.
Yuki Shichijo told reporters yesterday that he didn't have enough time to prepare for his last start (he was interrupted during his routine) and was going to make sure he gave himself a little more time for his next start (instead of doings things 5 minutes in advance, he'd do them 10 minutes in advance).
The Swallows are also planning on releasing Shichijo merchandise due to his popularity amongst the fans (something that doesn't happen too often for a first year, 2nd round pick).
The Carp invited Tokai University Athletics Department professor Yoichi Kozuma to give a lecture on mental training (about 3 hours) at Mazda Stadium yesterday. All Ichi-gun and Ni-gun players, with the exception of foreign players, attended.
Amongst some of the things covered: how to handle pressure and how to improve concentration.
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Shuichi Murata spent some time taking BP at Mazda Stadium yesterday (team day off for traveling).
Said Murata, "I don't recall ever taking BP on my days off during the season. But I can't afford to lose my spot in the starting line-up. I need to get my swing back."