Wily Mo Pena took about forty swings during batting practice at Yahoo Dome today and hit five over the fence. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/21/2012
Terry Doyle threw about forty pitches at Yahoo Dome in his first bullpen session since arriving in Japan. Doyle will join the Ni-gun players on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/21/2012
Nippon Ham Fighters
Yuki Saito threw about fifty pitches in the bullpen at Yahoo Dome today. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/21/2012
Kazuhisa Ishii, Fumiya Nishiguchi, Takayuki Kishi, Masamitsu Hirano, and Kazuhisa Makita will likely make the starting five in the rotation. The sixth man could be Ryoma Noguchi. Noguchi started a Ni-gun game against Yokohama today and tossed five shutout innings while allowing just two hits. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/21/2012
The Buffaloes announced that voice actor Akira Kamiya will be a special guest at Kyocera Dome on July 29. He will announce the starting line-up as Hokuto-no Ken's Kenshiro and make player announcements as Kinniku-man during the game.
A Buffaloes' music CD containing eleven tracks will be released on June 30 for 2,500 yen.
Chiba Lotte Marines
Norifumi Nishumura told reporters today that Tadahito Iguchi should be ok to go on Friday. Iguchi missed Wednesday's game because he was not feeling well. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/21/2012
Takahiro Fujioka, Yuhei Nakaushiro, Daichi Suzuki, and Naoya Masuda helped plant rice during spring camp in Okinawa. The harvested rice will now be handed out to the first 20,000 fans (ten grams each) that attend the Orix-Lotte at QVC Marine game on July 7. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/21/2012