Morimichi Takagi and pitching coach Hiroshi Gondo had opposite opinions on Maximo Nelson's performance on Friday night against the Yakult Swallows.
Takagi: "We can not use [Nelson] if he pitches like that."
Gondo: "[Nelson] was much better than expected. I would like to get him another start. I will have to think about."
Source: Sports Hochi 8/4/2012
Michihiro Ogasawara took batting practice at Giants Stadium today. On Friday, Ni-gun pitching coach Kiyoshi Toyoda was his BP pitcher. Today, Ogasawara took about one hundred swings against Ikusei pitchers Takefumi Miyamoto and Keisuke Saito. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/4/2012
Tetsuya Utsumi (six) joined Hiroshi Nakao (eleven) as the only lefties in franchise history to record six or more double-digit victory seasons. Including all pitchers in franchise history (lefties and righties), Utsumi is the fourteenth. Tsuneo Horiuchi leads all pitchers in franchise history with thirteen double-digit victory seasons. The last pitcher to record six or more double-digit victory seasons was Masumi Kuwata with ten in 1986. Source: Daily Sports 8/3/2012, Nikkan Sports 8/4/2012
Utsumi and Toshiya Sugiuchi joined four other lefty combos in franchise history to record double-digit victories in the same season: Hisao Niura (11) and Clyde Wright (11) in 1977; Kimiyasu Kudo (12) and Darrell May (12) in 2000; Hisanori Takahashi (14) and Utsumi (14) in 2007; and Utsumi (12) and Tetsuya Yamaguchi (11) in 2008. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/4/2012
The Giants announced on Friday that Masumi Hoshino had surgery on his left hip. He will be hospitalized for about a month. Source: Sponichi 8/3/2012
Craig Brazell played in a Ni-gun game against Softbank on Friday (started in left and batted third) and went 1-for-3: ground out to second, strikeout swinging, single to center. Source: Sanspo 8/4/2012, Daily Sports 8/4/2012
Said Brazell about the game, via Sports Hochi Osaka, "I have not played in such a long time that my timing is way off. My swing is a mess too."
The Tigers could add Robert Zarate to the active roster as early as today. Source: Daily Sports 8/4/2012
Ni-gun stats: 25 G, 2-1, 26.2 IP, 101 BF, 18 H, 0 HR, 4 BB, 32 SO, 2 R, 1 ER, 0.34 ERA
Tsubasa Aizawa was re-evaluated at a hospital in Hiroshima on Friday and cleared of any additional problems. He is currently slated to restart his workouts at the Ono training facilities on Sunday. Source: Sanspo 8/4/2012