The Dragons became the first team in NPB history to field a line-up on Sunday that included three players in their forties batting in the three, four, and five slots: Kazuhiro Wada, Takeshi Yamasaki, Motonobu Tanishige. Source: Sponichi 7/16/2012
Tatsunori Hara gave Tetsuya Yamaguchi the day off Sunday. Shuichi Murata and Yoshinobu Takahashi were left out of the starting line-up to get some rest; Murata made it into the game as a pinch-hitter in the 9th and Takahashi entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the 7th and later took over in left. Source: Sanspo 7/15/2012, Daily Sports 7/16/2012
With Daiki Enokida hurt, there is a chance Robert Zarate will be added to the seventy-man roster sometime within the next couple of days. Sponichi 7/16/2012
Ni-gun stats: 19 G, 21 IP, 80 BF, 21 IP, 14 H, 4 BB, 27 SO, 1 R, 0 ER. Tops out at 153 km/h.
Sanspo notes that the Tigers currently have two spots open on the seventy-man roster.
Something may be wrong with Atsuhi Nomi.
Yutaka Wada, when asked if he pulled Nomi early because of an accident: "It was both (that and his slump). [Nomi] did not pitch well today, could not even work through it. He surrendered a hit to the pitcher, issued a walk, and then unsurprisingly gave up a run."
Nomi: "Is it health-related or not... It is a general thing. I think there might be some fatigue. Lately, when I pitch, I just do not feel right. It is a number of things, really. I have not been able to put up any results either. I need to do something about this."
It does not appear to be an injury or a cold.
Nomi was taken off the active roster today. Note: the move may not really mean anything since we are close to the All-Star break.
Ryoma Matsuda made his first Ni-gun start on Sunday and gave up just one run over five innings of work against the Softbank Hawks.
Final line: 5 IP, 78 NP, 19 BF, 4 H, 5 SO, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 ER. Topped out at 145km/h.
Source: Daily Sports 7/16/2012
Yusuke Nomura against the Yokohama Bay Stars this season: 3 G, 3 GS, 22 IP, 12 H, 10 SO, 2 BB, 2 R, 0 ER, 0.00 ERA.
Yokohama Bay Stars
Bobby Cramer faced Kensuke Uchimura and Toshiki Kurobane during live batting practice and threw about sixty pitches. He also topped out at 138km/h. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/16/2012
Despite a rough outing (7 IP, 35 BF, 123 NP, 10 H, 9 SO, 3 BB, 7 R, ER), Kiyoshi Nakahata is convinced that Yuki Kuniyoshi is destined for bigger and greater things. Source: Sports Hochi 7/15/2012