Wily Mo Pena was removed from tonight's game and taken to the hospital after he was hit by a pitch near his right hand during his at bat in the 5th inning. The Hawks will decide what steps to take next after they see how he is feeling. Source: Sponichi 7/6/2012
Fumiya Nishiguchi became the forty-fifth pitcher in NPB history to log 2,500 innings of work after completing the 1st inning of tonight's game against the Rakuten Eagles. Source: Daily Sports 7/6/2012
At thirty-nine years and nine month, Nishiguchi is the second oldest to reach the milestone. He is also the third pitcher in franchise history to 2,500 innings.
The Lions also decided to take Nishiguchi off the active roster for one start because of his poor outing: 3 IP, 14 BF, 8 H, 1 SO, 1 BB, 5 R, 5 ER. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/6/2012
Masahiro Tanaka was a late scratch tonight with discomfort in his right shoulder. Source: Daily Sports 7/6/2012
Said Tanaka, via Daily Sports, "There was concern it could get bad if I pitched so after talking it over with the coaches, we decided to stop before it could get worse. I personally do not think it is a major problem."
Chiba Lotte Marines
Yuki Karakawa won his eighth game of the year on Thursday. He will likely pitch on five days of rest until the All-Star break. That should give him two more starts and a shot at ten victories before the break. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/5/2012