Sho Iwasaki could make an Ichi-gun start against the Rakuten Eagles (at Yahoo Dome) on August 10. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/7/2012
With Hitoshi Tamura, Nobuhiro Matsuda, and Nobuhiko Matsunaka hurt, Wily Mo Pena, Hiroki Kokubo, and Yuki Yanagita are among the candidates to bat clean-up. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/7/2012
Nippon Ham Fighters
The Fighters traveled to Obihiro on Monday. The team was split in two: pitchers and young players in one group and the rest in the other group. It took the first group about five hours to get to Obihiro from Sapporo Station because of heavy rain (a 117-minute delay). The second group left about an hour and ten minutes later than the first group and lucked out because they were able to transfer off the train and take a bus the rest of the way -- they arrived at the team hotel in Obihiro at about the same time as the first group.
Sumitani Ginjiro (25) will file marriage papers with a twenty-eight-year-old woman living in Tokyo. The two were introduced to each other through a common friend in March 2009 and began seeing each other in January 2011. They started living together in January this year. Source: Sponichi 8/7/2012
Likely starters for the Rakuten series (August 7-9 at Kleenex Stadium): Hiroshi Kisanuki, Kei Igawa, and Hayato Terahara. Source: Daily Sports 8/7/2012
Alessandro Maestri could make his Ichi-gun debut with a start against Lotte (at QVC Marine) on August 12. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/7/2012
Ni-gun stats: 5 G, 0-1, 14 IP, 59 BF, 10 H, 0 HR, 7 BB, 12 SO, 2 WP, 4 R, 2 ER, 1.29 ERA
Daily Sports notes that owner Hiroshi Mikitani could formally offer Senichi Hoshino a contract extension during the Orix series that begins tonight -- Mikitani is scheduled to watch all three games in-person.
Chiba Lotte Marines