Morimichi Takagi and batting coaches Kazuki Inoue and Masaru Uno rounded up nine of the younger players on the roster -- Nobumasa Fukuda, Daisuke Tanaka, the Donoue brothers, Tatsuro Iwasaki, Shigeo Yanagida, Kei Nomoto, Ryosuke Hirata, and Yusuke Matsui -- for a forty minute meeting during pre-game practice on Sunday. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/30/2012, Daily Sports 7/30/2012
Masahiko Morino celebrated his thirty-fourth birthday a day late with a solo homer on Sunday.
Daiki Enokida could toss a bullpen session some time this week. Enokida played catch at a distance of about forty-five meters on Saturday and the team trainer Yasunori Gonda told reporters he should be able to toss a session once he reaches sixty meters. Source: Sanspo 7/30/2012
Kenji Jojima took grounders at first and made some throws to second during workouts on Sunday. Source: Sanspo 7/30/2012
Yutaka Wada told reporters after Sunday's game that he will likely continue to use Tomoaki Kanemoto in the outfield and that based on how he is feeling, will sit him out once every few games. Source: Sanspo 7/30/2012
Matt Murton on his home run on Sunday, via Nikkan Sports: "The ball came off the bat like it did back in 2010. I am not a home run hitter, but I was on pace for about six. I was averaging about fifteen so I was a little concerned."
Ryota and Takahiro Arai are the third set of brothers to homer in the same game (first set to do it in the Central League). The other two sets: Leon and Leron Lee (twenty-eight times between 1978 and 1981) and Haruo and Masakazu Kato (once on July 27, 1950). Source: Sponichi 7/30/2012, Nikkan Sports 7/30/2012
The Tigers hit four home runs on Sunday. The last time they hit four or more home runs in a game: five home runs against Yokohama on July 17, 2011. Source: Daily Sports 7/30/2012
Minoru Iwata invited twenty-six people to the game on Sunday -- ten children with type 1 diabetes and sixteen caregivers. Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 7/30/2012
Head / pitching coach Yutaka Ono swapped places with pitching coach Yasuyuki Yamauchi on Sunday -- Ono went to the bullpen and Yamauchi went to the dugout. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/30/2012, Sports Hochi 7/30/2012
Yokohama Bay Stars
Yoshitomo Tsutsugo was taken off the active roster today because of his struggles at the plate. Source: Sports Hochi 7/30/2012