The Hawks announced that Reina Triendl will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on July 2 (vs Seibu at Tokyo Dome). Dante Carver will stand in the batter's box. This is part of the Hawks' Taka-no Saiten 2012 festivities. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/30/2012
Yusei Kikuchi joined the Ichi-gun players for workouts today. He is slated to start Sunday's game against the Nippon Ham Fighters. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/30/2012
Takeya Nakamura hit off a tee (thirty-eight baseballs) at Seibu 2 Stadium today. It was the first time he hit off a tee since injurying his left subscapularis muscle.
Said Nakamura, "The pain was beginning to go away and I thought now might be a good time to swing the bat. The result: I swung with some force and it did not really hurt that much." Source: Nikkan Sports 6/30/2012
Takahiro Okada was held out of the today's game because of tightness in his right hamstring. Okada just returned to the active roster on Tuesday after making it back from a left hamstring strain. Source: Sponichi 6/30/2012
Masahiro Tanaka has not allowed a run to the Softbank Hawks over his last twenty-seven innings (three consecutive shutouts going back to August 27, 2011).
Tanaka is one of only five pitchers out of high school that have recorded at least one shutout in six or more consecutive seasons. The other four: Keishi Suzuki (1966-1980), Tsuneo Horiuchi (1966-1978), Yutaka Enatsu (1967-1976), and Yu Darvish (2005-2011). He is also one of nine pitchers (since the start of the draft, includes Hideaki Wakui and Darvish) that recorded seventy victories within their first six seasons. His 1,000 innings of work in 134 games is also sixth fastest in league history and ties Suguru Egawa and Darvish. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/30/2012
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Norifumi Nishimura is concerned about Takahiro Fujioka (he dropped his fourth straight start today) and told reporters today he was no longer sure whether or not he should remain in the starting rotation. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/30/2012
Tadahiro Ogino left today's game after he took a batted ball of his left arm in the 5th inning. Ogino was evaluated at a hospital and diagnosed with a contusion on his ulna. He is considered day-to-day. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/30/2012