Tadashi Settsu is scheduled to start the first game of the second half (July 15 vs Nippon Ham at Yahoo Dome). His next start after that will likely come on six days of rest on August 1 (vs Rakuten at Akita). Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 7/19/2012
The Lions plan to continue using Hideaki Wakui as a closer. They are open to moving him back to the starting rotation, but only when they feel his fastball is back to where it should be. Source: Sponichi 7/19/2012
There are currently no plans to move Kei Igawa out of the starting rotation. Source: Sponichi 7/19/2012
Orix GM Yoshio Murayama told reporters that he and team owner Yoshihiko Miyauchi plan to stick with Akinobu Okada through to the end of the season. No word on what happens after that. Source: Daily Sports 7/19/2012
The Eagles plan to bring Senichi Hoshino back as manager next season. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/19/2012
Masahiro Tanaka started Wednesday night's game on four days of rest. His last, and only other, start on four days of rest came against the Nippon Ham Fighters on October 1, 2008. Source: Sponichi 7/18/2012, Sanspo 7/18/2012
Chiba Lotte Marines
The Marines finished off the first half of the season with a walk-off victory. The last time they did that was back on July 20, 1997.
Lotte ended the first half with a 14-9 record in one-run games and an impressive 11-3 record in one-run games played at home (QVC).
Source: Sponichi 7/19/2012