Hitoki Iwase faced ten batters during live batting practice at Nagoya Stadium on Thursday and gave up two could-be hits on about thirty pitches. He is expected to rejoin the Ichi-gun team today. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/17/2012
UPDATE: Iwase rejoined the Ichi-gun roster for workouts today as expected. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/17/2012
The Giants (0-2-6) and the Hiroshima Carp (0-3-6) are the only two teams in the NPB that have not won a game in extra-innings this season. The franchise record of nine extra-inning games without a victory, from the start of a season, was set in 1950 (0-3-6). The 2009 Giants also started things off with eight extra-inning games without a victory (0-2-6). Source: Sponichi 8/17/2012
Hiroaki Saiuchi will likely make his Ichi-gun debut against the Hiroshima Carp on August 25. Source: Sponichi 8/17/2012
Ni-gun stats: 7 G, 3-1, 31.2 IP, 129 BF, 27 H, 1 HR, 10 BB, 2 HBP, 21 SO, 2 WP, 11 R, 8 ER, 2.27 ERA
Takahiro Arai was not in the starting line-up on Thursday -- Yutaka Wada wanted to give Craig Brazell a full game and was also a little concerned about Arai's right shoulder. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/17/2012
Jason Standridge was taken off the active roster on Thursday in order to give him a chance to take a step away from things and refocus -- he lost his fifth straight start on Wednesday with one of his worst outings of the season: 3 IP, 55 NP, 5 H, 1 HR, 1 SO, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 6 R, 6 ER. Standridge will remain with the Ichi-gun team. Source: Sanspo 8/17/2012
Kenji Jojima is hoping to make it back to the active roster before the end of August. Source: Sanspo 8/17/2012
Yokohama Bay Stars
A cicada on landed on Kiyoshi Nakahata's cap during Thursday's game against Hanshin -- he only realized something was wrong when he caught people in the dugout laughing. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/17/2012
The Bay Stars gave Norihiro Nakamura the night off on Wednesday because of pain in his right elbow -- it was beginning to interfere with his swing.
Taketoshi Goto left Wednesday's game a little early after he felt discomfort in his left leg (groin area) during his at bat in the 8th inning.
Source: Nikkan Sports 8/16/2012