Some updates from July 21 (post will be updated throughout the day, as needed):
Koji Akiyama changed his mind and decided to go with Yoshihisa Naruse as his game two starter over Mitsuo Yoshikawa.
The last time Naruse pitched in an All-Star Game (8/1/2008) he gave up eight runs (seven earned) on eleven hits over two innings of work.
Yoshikawa will make an appearance in the game out of the bullpen.
Source: Sponichi 7/21/2012
Shota Dobayashi (Hiroshima) will make the starting line-up today at lead-off. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/20/2012
Dai-Kang Yoh (Nippon Ham) hit a homer to lead-off the game for the Pacific League on Friday night. He is the first player since Yoshinobu Takahashi (2001) to hit a lead-off homer in an All-Star game and the first player since Masahiko Morino (2007) to hit a home run in his first All-Star game/AB. Source: Daily Sports 7/21/2012
Yoh is also just the second player to hit a lead-off homer in his first All-Star game/AB. The other: Art Lopez in 1968. Source: Sponichi 7/21/2012
Toshiya Sugiuchi (Yomiuri) is just the second player to record All-Star victories in each league. The other: Hideki Irabu (Lotte, Hanshin). He is also the third player to record a victory for two different teams. The other two: Yutakak Enatsu (Hanshin, Hiroshima) and Irabu. Source: Sponichi 7/21/2012
Norihiro Nakamura (Yokohama) won the MVP for Friday's game. He is the fifth player in NPB history to win an All-Star MVP in both leagues (Kintetsu, Yokhama). The other four: Hiromitsu Ochiai (Lotte, Yomiuri), Kazuhiro Kiyohara (Seibu, Yomiuri), Tsuyoshi Shinjo (Hanshin, Nippon Ham), and Takeshi Yamasaki (Chunichi, Rakuten). He is also the first Yokohama player to hit a home run during an All-Star game since Robert Rose in 2000. Nakamura has now hit five home runs during an All-Star game (four in the PL and one in the CL). Source: Sponichi 7/21/2012