Sports Hochi Osaka mentions that Morimichi Takagi may have turned down Thursday night's post-game interview because the coaches (specifically third base coach Ken Hirano) messed up the signs in the bottom of the 5th inning.
Daily Sports goes into a little more detail: with Yohei Oshima on base and Masahiro Araki up to bat in the 5th inning, third base coach Hirano was supposed to give the sign for a slash bunt and run and instead gave the sign for a hit and run. Hirano managed to relay the correct signal after a pick-off attempt, but Araki messed up and swung away and flied out to center.
The Swallows sold out of tickets to today's game at 12:40pm.
Tsuyoshi Ueda left the game in the bottom of the 4th inning after banging his right shoulder against a wall in the top of the 4th. He is considered day-to-day.
Michihiro Ogaswara (left hamstring strain) started his workouts at Giants Stadium today.
Shoki Kasahara made his first career Ichi-gun start on Thursday. He was not involved in the final decision.
Kasahara and his father, Eiichi (thirteen starts over his career), are the only father/son pair to ever start games at the Ichi-gun level.
Yuya Ando was taken off the active roster today because he is not scheduled to pitch next week. He will remain with the Ichi-gun team.
Akihito Fujii was added to the active roster today and made it into the Yomiuri game as a defensive replacement in the 7th inning. He had one at bat: a walk in the 9th inning.
Tomoaki Kanemoto was given the day off on Thursday. He returned to the starting line-up today (left field and batting clean-up for the first time since June 13, 2010) and went 0-for-3. Kanemoto also committed an error (dropped a ball) in the 2nd inning.
Yuya Fukui gave up six runs (all earned) over three innings of work today and could be demoted.
"Inter-league play will start soon and will mark the end of one part of the season. I need to sit down with the coaches and see whether or not he needs a breather," said Kenjiro Nomura.