Nobuhiko Matsunaka played in a Ni-gun game against Chunichi on Wednesday (starting DH, batted third) and went 2-for-4 with one RBI: walk, single to right, single to right, fly out to center, fly out to third. He could return to the active roster as early as Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/28/2012
Nippon Ham Fighters
Kensuke Tanaka became the 268th player in NPB history reach the 1,000 hit milestone on Wednesday night. Tanaka's first hit came on September 20, 2000. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/28/2012
Yusei Kikuchi is slated to make his first Ichi-gun start of the year against the Nippon Ham Fighters at Seibu Dome on July 1. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/28/2012
Kikuchi started a Ni-gun game against Lotte on June 23 and allowed one run on two hits over five innings of work (5 IP, 20 BF, 79 NP, 2 H, 4 SO, 4 BB, 1 R, 1 ER).
Hidekazu Hoshi started borrowing elements from Masayuki Kakefu's hitting method this year. Source: Daily Sports 6/27/2012