Nippon Ham Fighters
Micah Hoffpauir was presented with the Universal Home MVP of the Game 10M Yen Award on Friday for his walk-off sac hit. The award is not money, but rather credit towards building a house in Sapporo, Hokkaido. Hoffpauir, perhaps jokingly, told reporters that he might be looking for someone building a house. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/17/2012
Yuki Saito threw fifty pitches in the bullpen today. His next start might come against the Softbank Hawks (at Yahoo Dome) on June 22. Source: Sports Hochi 6/17/2012
The Buffaloes announced after tonight's 3-2 loss to Chunichi that Ichi-gun batting coach Eiji Mizuguchi was swapping places with with Ni-gun batting coach Koichi Oshima. Source: Sponichi 6/17/2012
Akinobu Okada was frustrated that Shinya Nakayama and Toshio Saito went with a fastball to Masahiro Araki during Saturday's game against the Chunichi Dragons.
"I was surprised," said Okada. "I just finishing telling them to be careful of throwing [the fastball] the previous inning. I think an amatuer could see that one coming."
Source: Daily Sports 6/16/2012
Nikkan Sports has a slightly different quote from Okada: "I was surprised. Really surprised. An amateur could tell [Masahiro] Araki was looking for a fastball. I am dumbfounded. It was like ten minutes after I told them to be careful. They just do the opposite of what I tell them, so of course they get hit."
Pitchers were also told before the game that Araki was a good fastball hitter. Source: Sponichi 6/17/2012
Takahiro Shiomi was sent do to Ni-gun today for more work. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/17/2012
Chiba Lotte Marines
Yoshifumi Okada's consecutive changes without an error streak ended on Saturday at 602 (throwing error to home plate in the 2nd inning). The PL record stands at 658, set by Tatsuya Ozeki. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/17/2012