Hirokazu Ibata became the 174th player in NPB history to play in 1,500 games. He played in his first game on September 8, 1998.
Morimichi Takagi turned down requests for a post-game interview today for the first time this season.
Today's Ni-gun game against Orix at Koshien: Akihito Fujii started the game as catcher batting seventh; he played through to the 7th inning. It was his first game as catcher since April 10, 2012. Fujii tried two different types of masks while playing the game. ... Keisuke Kano entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the 5th with a runner on first and two out and hit his first homer of the season. It was the first Tiger home run (at either Ichi-gun or Ni-gun) this season. ... Ryota Imanari played in his first game as a Tiger: he entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the 8th with a runner on first and one out and struck out. Imnari did not remain in the game after the out.