Takeya Nakamura has missed the last few games with pain in his left knee. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/11/2012
Since July 14 (nineteen games), Hiroyuki Nakajima is 33-for-72 with two homers, 16 RBI, and a slash line of .458/.506/.639.
Pitching coaches Motoyuki Akahori and Nobuyuki Hoshino had actually persuaded Akinobu Okada not to demote Shinya Nakayama. Unfortunately for the two pitching coaches, Nakayama did not pitch particularly well on Friday and took the loss: 0.2 IP, 5 BF, 28 NP, 1 H, 2 SO, 2 BB, 2 R, 2 ER. Source: Daily Sports 8/11/2012
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With the bases loaded, Katsuya Kakunaka is 7-for-11 with 14 RBI.
So far this month (nine games), Josh Whitesell is 17-for-38 with four homers, 13 RBI, and a slash line of .447/.488/.789.