Rafael Fernandes recorded a victory on July 1. Fernandes and Shigeo Tamaki (1996-2005) are the only two pitchers from Brazil to record a victory at the Ichi-gun level.
Fernandes also joined fellow teammate Yuichi Matsumoto as the only players from Brazil to play at the Ichi-gun level since Tamaki.
Source: Sponichi 7/2/2012
Jason Standrige told pitching coach Keiichi Yabu after workouts on Monday that the Botchan Stadium mound felt a little low/soft. The Tigers passed the information on to the grounds crew and adjustments were quickly made.
"They wanted it hard so that it would be difficult to dig into it, so we mixed in some hardening materials," said a stadium rep.
The mound at the stadium is modeled after the one at Jingu Stadium -- there is a clay-based block underneath the black soil that can easily be penetrated by cleats. The Tigers reportedly asked to have the dirt about the block hardened.
Said Yabu, "This is normal. And each pitcher has a preference."
When asked if they made similar requests at other stadiums, Yabu laughed and said, "No, no, no..."
Brad Eldred worked out with the Ichi-gun team at Mazda Stadium on Monday -- he took forty-four swings during batting practice and hit one over the fence. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/3/2012
Eldred was slated to make his debut at Ni-gun today (vs Chunichi), but the game was canceled because of rain.
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Kiyoshi Nakahata told reporters today that he was happy when Daisuke Miura proactively asked to go on Wednesday after his start today was rained out -- Miura wanted to avoid a long wait before his next turn. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/3/2012