Jet balloons were launched at Nagoya Dome on Wednesday night for the first time in stadium history -- as part of Dora Fes 88 2012 Morimichi Day.
FYI: out of concern that the balloons could get caught in venting systems, they were specially designed not to fly very high. This was apparently just a one-day thing. Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 8/9/2012
Masanori Ishikawa was taken off the active roster today in order to give him time to work through some issues. Said Junji Ogawa to reporters, "We are going to skip one of [Ishikawa's] starts. We have already decided when his next start will be. In thinking about the rest of the season, I decided to mix things up." Source: Nikkan Sports 8/9/2012
Yuki Shichijo's next start will likely come against the Hiroshima Carp on August 15. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/9/2012
Shichijo's wife is pregnant with their second child (due some time in February 2013). Source: Sanspo 8/9/2012
Yoshinori Sato tossed a bullpen session on Wednesday. It was his second session since he suffered an avulsion fracture in/near his left knee. Source: Sanspo 8/9/2012
Michihiro Ogasawara played in a rehab game against Ni-gun Nippon Ham today (starting DH, batted eighth) and went 0-for-2: ground out to second, strikeout swinging. This was Ogasawara's first game since he suffered left hamstring injury on July 4 (vs Yokohama). Source: Nikkan Sports 8/9/2012
Ryuya Matsumoto started a Ni-gun game against Nippon Ham on Wednesday and tossed three shutout innings while allowing one hit. This was Matsumoto's first appearance in an official game since turning pro. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/8/2012
The Tigers are 0-10-1 over their last eleven road games. The last time they went on a ten-game losing streak on the road was in 1999 (September 3-28). Source: Sanspo 8/9/2012
Tomoaki Kanemoto has collected 225 hits since he turned forty on April 3, 2008. That's good for a first place tie with Hiromitsu Kadota on the All-time list. Kanemoto is also: in first with 639 games, third with seventy-eight home runs, and second with 290 RBI. Source: Sponichi 8/9/2012
Daiki Kiyohara threw a shutout against Ni-gun Chunichi on Wednesday: 9 IP, 107 NP, 36 BF, 6 H, 0 HR, 6 SO, 1 BB, 2 HBP, 0 R, 0 ER.
Team owner Shinya Sakai checked out a Ni-gun game against Chunichi at Naruohama on Wednesday. Source: Sanspo 8/9/2012
The Tigers could hold an organizational meeting -- that involves Ichi-gun and Ni-gun coaches -- at some point before the end of the month. It seems a decision on Craig Brazell could be finalized during the meeting. Source: Sanspo 8/9/2012
Yokohama Bay Stars
Hichori Morimoto missed Wednesday's game with gastroenteritis -- he received treatment at the hospital the night before, but was still not feeling well and rested at home. Source: Sponichi 8/9/2012