Tony Blanco is hitting well at secondary fields: 20 G, 27-for-72, 10 HR, 25 RB. Source: Sponichi 6/25/2012
Masahiko Morino is struggling (he is 7-for-38 with a slash line of .184/.262/.211 so far this month) and could be benched if he does not start to turn things around. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/25/2012
Since moving to the lead-off spot on May 28 (vs Rakuten), Lastings Milledge is: 22-for-71, 10 R, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 10 SO, 1 BB, .310/.390/.437. All four of his modashos have also come batting out of the lead-off spot. Two things to keep in mind: It is a small sample size and it all started during Inter-league play.
Shinnosuke Abe became the fourth player in franchise history -- behind Sadaharu Oh (21 seasons) , Shigeo Nagashima (17 seasons), and Tatsunori Hara (14 seasons) -- to record ten or more homers over twelve or more consecutive seasons. He is also the third player in franchise history (after Nagashima and Hara) to do it beginning with his first year. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/25/2012
Team owner Kojiro Shiraishi visited Hara before Saturday's game. Shiraishi wanted to make sure Hara understood that he was not in jeopardy of losing his job. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/25/2012
Matt Murton started the Tigers' offense on Sunday with his sixth NPB career lead-off homer. Source: Sports Hochi 6/25/2012
Keiichi Hirano recorded his first homer at Koshien on Sunday: 2nd inning of Yokohama's Daisuke Miura. Source: Sponichi 6/25/2012
And of the four homers he has hit in a Hanshin uniform, two have come with Yuya Ando on the mound. Source: Sanspo 6/25/2012
Kyuji Fujikawa could be cleared to toss a light bullpen session some time this week. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/25/2012
Kohei Shibata pulled up short and was tagged out when trying to steal second in the bottom of the 8th inning on Sunday. He was replaced by Yamato in center in the top of the 9th. Fielding / base-running coach Koji Yamawaki told reporters after the game that Shibata's right leg cramped up while running the bases. Source: Sanspo 6/25/2012
According to Nikkan Sports, the Tigers are 16-2 when Takahiro Arai, Tomoaki Kanemoto, and Craig Brazell each collect RBIs in the same game.
The Carp announced today that Nick Stavinoha will be returning to the US for knee surgery on Tuesday. Source: Sponichi 6/25/2012
Takahiro Iwamoto extended his hitting streak to thirteen games on Sunday.
Kam Mickolio was given the night off on Sunday because of neck pains -- he tweaked his neck during workouts on Saturday and Sunday. Mickolio could end up going to the hospital for an evaluation depending on how he is feeling over the next couple of days. Source: Sponichi 6/24/2012
Sports Hochi Osaka notes that this was the fourth time in about a span of a month that Mickolio missed an outing/game because something was wrong.
Yokohama Bay Stars
Daisuke Miura is 0-2 in three starts (20.2 IP, 22 H, 2 HR, 12 SO, 6 BB, 8 R, 8 ER) since recording his 149th career victory on June 3 (vs Seibu).