The media learned Thursday that Brian Falkenborg will be away from the team for 3 days beginning Friday (9/2) so that he can be with his family. He will rejoin the team on 9/5.
Toshiya Sugiuchi will likely start Friday's game (9/2) against the Seibu Lions (at Seibu Dome) on 5 days of rest (he was knocked out early during his last start).
Nagisa Arakaki started a Ni-gun game against Orix on Thursday and gave up 3 runs (including a solo homer) during 5 innings of work.
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Yu Darvish now has four 200+ strikeout seasons under his belt: 2007 (210), 2008 (208), 2010 (222), and 2011 (206). That's the most in franchise history. The previous franchise record of 3 was set by Masayuki Dobashi: 1958 (222), 1959 (217), and 1961 (298).
He's also apparently a fan of Vitargo.