The Hawks announced on Tuesday that they'll hand out free "championship blue" rally flags during their 3-game series against the Nippon Ham Fighters (9/27-9/29; 10,000 flags per day). They will also begin selling "championship blue" jet balloons for 200 yen a pack beginning on 9/27 (while supplies last). The Hawks are hoping to fill the stands with the color blue during their series against the Fighters. Via Nikkan Sports.
According to Nikkan Sports, of the 41 homers that Takeya Nakamura has hit, 21 have been on pitches up and away, including the homer he hit on Monday.
And when asked what changed the most since between the time he hit homer run 100 and home run 200, he said, "I think I'm beginning to see which pitches I can hit and which pitches I can't hit. Before, I used to want to take the pitchers best pitch, low and away, and hit those for homers. But I realized that isn't possible. I still go fishing on that pitch, but I think I've done a good job avoiding it as well."
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Sho Nakata was left out of the starting line-up on Tuesday night for because he was feeling light-headed and nauseous. He was taken to the hospital for testing (where he was diagnosed with fatigue) and did not show up at Seibu Dome. Nakata experienced similar conditions on before a game against the Chiba Lotte Marines on the 15th; up until today, he was also the only player on the roster that had played in every game of the season.
Aarom Baldiris isn't having a great month in terms of batting average (.263), but he's making the most of his hits (15 hits = 4 doubles and 5 homers) and he's getting on base at a pretty good clip (.394) due to 8 walks and 5 HBPs.
Catcher Fumihiro Suzuki had to be treated for a bloody nose after he took a thrown ball off of it during pre-game fielding practice on Tuesday (he was trying to catch a thrown ball from first). Suzuki did make it into the starting line-up.
Chihiro Kaneko's next start could come on the 23rd, against Yu Darvish (HAM). While Monday's game was rained out, he did end up throwing 42 pitches.
Senichi Hoshino wasn't thrilled about the 2nd rain-out in as many days on Tuesday and told reporters, "I don't like this... Why are they making us rest for so long."
With typhoon 15 hitting, it's possible the Eagles - Lotte game on Wednesday (9/21) will also be rained out.
Hisashi Iwakuma's wife gave birth to the couple's third child (a girl weighing 2,268 grams) in a Sendai hospital on Tuesday.
Iwakuma also threw 90 pitches in the bullpen on Tuesday. He was supposed to pitch on Monday, but that start was moved to Tuesday because of a rain-out. But his start on Tuesday was rained out again and now his next start will likely come sometime early next week.