Nippon Ham Fighters
Today's Birthdays: Yuji Iiyama (33)
Sho Nakata, Atsunori Inaba, and Dai-Kang Yoh went back-to-back-to-back on Thursday night. They are the first players in franchise history to hit consecutive homer, one after the other, since Kazuteru Shimada, Nigel Wilson, and Yukio Tanaka on May 23, 2000. Source: Sports Hochi 7/13/2012
Today's Birthdays: Kei Igawa (33)
Kei Igawa's next start will likely come against the Softbank Hawks at Yahoo Dome on July 17. Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 7/13/2012
Motohiro Shima has invited 420 students and 30 teachers from Yamoto Dai Ni Junior High School to Saturday's game against Nippon Ham at Kleenex Stadium. Shima will foot the entire bill -- about 1.5M yen for tickets and ten buses. Source: Sports Hochi 7/13/2012, Daily Sports 7/13/2012
Chiba Lotte Marines
Today's Birthdays: Tatsuya Uchi (27)
Yuki Karakawa's right elbow is feeling better, but he is still not able to throw the ball. Karakawa was originally slated to return to the active roster in time for a start against Softbank on Saturday, but that has now been pushed back until the Rakuten series (July 16-18, at QVC Marine).
Seth Greisinger was scratched from his start today because of tightness in his back.
Source: Daily Sports 7/13/2012
Sponichi notes that Greisinger could get Sunday's start against Softbank.