Ryuya Matsumoto started a Ni-gun game against Lotte on Wednesday and gave up five runs over 2.2 innings of work. He topped out at 144km/h and also surrendered two home runs. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/15/2012
Michihiro Ogasawara played in a Ni-gun game against Lotte on Wednesday (started at first and batted sixth) and was hit by pitch near the back area of his right knee during his second at bat. He was replaced by a pinch-runner and received treatment in the clubhouse.
The Giants have been take things slow with Ogasawara, especially after he started experiencing tightness in his left hamstring during a Ni-gun game against Yokohama on July 4. They will wait to see how he is doing on Thursday before deciding what steps to take next.
Source: Nikkan Sports 8/15/2012
Shinjiro Hiyama collected his ninety-sixth pinch-hit RBI on Wednesday night -- sac fly to center with the bases loaded and one out in the top of the 6th -- and tied Goro Toi for second on the franchise list. Hiroshi Yagi heads the list with ninety-eight. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/15/2012