Shuhei Takahashi became the first rookie drafted out of high school to hit a homer in his first year since Yoshimoto Tsutsugo on October 7, 2010 (NPB) and Masahiko Morino on August 29, 1997 (franchise).
At eighteen years and fourth months, he is also the younger player drafted out of high school to hit a homer. The previous mark of eighteen years and five months was held by Toshiaki Moriyasu (May 29, 1966), Tsuneo Horiuchi (June 26, 1966), Yukio Tanaka (June 10, 1986), and Motonobu Tanishige (May 27, 1989). The youngest player to hit a homer prior to the draft: Masaichi Kaneda at seventeen years and two months on October 6, 1950.
Morimichi Takagi wanted to start Takehiro Donoue in right, batting seventh, on Sunday, but Ryosuke Hirata ended up getting the start because of an error in the line-up card. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/18/2012
The Giants have decided to use part of the 50M yen prize money they won by finishing in first during Inter-league play to buy baseball equipment for youth baseball teams in Akita, Iwate, Fukushima, and Miyagi. The front office, manager, captain, and team player rep will get together over the next few days to workout the details. Source: Sponichi 6/18/2012
Sanspo mentions Tetsuya Utsumi, Hayato Sakamoto, and Shinnosuke Abe as other potential Inter-league MVP candidates.
The Tigers recorded their third straight thirteen or more hit game on Sunday. The last time they recorded three or more thirteen or more hit games in a row was five games between August 28, 2010 and September 2, 2010. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/18/2012
Craig Brazell wore a blue wristband on Sunday with the kanji for father (親父) stitched into it. Source: Sanspo 6/18/2012
Akihito Fujii collected two could-be hits in two plate appearances during situational batting practice on Sunday. He also started to include slides during base-running practices. Source: Sanspo 6/18/2012
Kam Mickolio was available on Sunday but was not 100% -- he cut pre-game practices short and went to the hospital because he was not feeling well. Mickolio did return to the stadium/dugout after his examination, but did not play. Kenjiro Nomura later told reporters it was nothing serious. Nomura also plans to make some changes to the bullpen before the regular season resumes. Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 6/18/2012, Nikkan Sports 6/18/2012