Brandon Allen arrived in Japan on Thursday. He will be with the Ichi-gun roster for three days, beginning today. If the coaching staff believes he is ready to play, he could make his NPB debut as early as August 7. Source: Sports Hochi 8/3/2012
The Hawks held a press conference for Allen today at Yahoo Dome. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/3/2012
Nippon Ham Fighters
Yuki Saito threw sixty-seven pitches in the bullpen at Kamagaya on Thursday. He also had a chance to speak to Hideki Kuriyama. Source: Sports Hochi 8/3/2012
Kei Igawa topped out at 146km/h five times on Thursday. He also hit 145km/h six times. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/3/2012
He left the game on Thursday with some pain in his left side. He is not expected to miss his next start. Source: Daily Sports 8/3/2012
Buffaloes' GM Yoshio Murayama told reporters on Thursday that he already had contact with So Taguchi and is hoping to meet with him soon.
"I have already heard from [Taguchi]. He said he was going to spend some time with his family. I would like to talk to him, as well as recognize him for his services [to the team]," said Maruyama.
Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 8/3/2012
Chiba Lotte Marines
Josh Whitesell on his first NPB grand slam, via Sanspo: "This is a first for me in Japan and I am excited about how great everything turned out. I think the last [grand slam I hit] was back when I was in Triple-A in 2008. It was so long ago that I do not remember."
Daichi Suzuki was named after Daichi Suzuki -- won a gold medal at the 1988 Olympics in the 100m backstroke. His sister, Yuka, was named after figure skater Yuka Sato; his brother, Tatsunori, was named after Tatsunori Hara.
Suzuki did not like his name when he was a kid because people would look at him when they called out his name. But he has come to like the name because it is easy to remember.
Source: Sponichi 8/3/2012