Tony Blanco and Victor Diaz were both taken off the active roster today in order to get some work in at Ni-gun. With regards to Blanco specifically, according to Nikkan Sports, the coaches felt he may be lacking some motivation after he struck out two at bats in a row, said he could not see the ball, and asked to be taken out of the line-up. Daily Sports adds that there is nothing wrong with Blanco's eyesight.
Takagi Morimoto on taking Blanco off the active roster: "We are having a hard time scoring runs by stringing together hits. That means Blanco's ability to hit a homer is important. He looks nervous out there right now. The question will be how he deals with it at Ni-gun."
The Tigers reportedly left Craig Brazell out of the starting line-up because of his legs.