Tadashi Settsu has not allowed a run over his last twenty-two innings of work.
Settsu has tossed two 1-0 complete game shutouts where the lone run that was scored was in the 1st inning (June 5, 2011 and August 28, 2012). The last pitcher to do that in the NPB was Hiroki Kuroda (October 4, 2000 and September 11, 2001). The last PL pitcher was Yukihiro Nishizaki (June 28, 1988 and September 15, 1990). Source: Nikkan Sports 8/29/2012
Settsu is also the first Softbank pitcher to record 1-0 shutout victories in back-to-back seasons since Toshiya Sugiuchi in 2007 and 2008; and the first right-handed Softbank pitcher since Katsuyoshi Murata in 1990 and 1991. Source: Sponichi 8/29/2012
Since announcing his retirement on August 14, Hiroki Kokubo is 9-for-22 with five RBI.
Nippon Ham Fighters
Yuki Saito threw about seventy pitches in the bullpen today. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/29/2012
GM Masao Yamada also checked in with Saito during workouts on Tuesday (they spoke for about fifteen minutes). Source: Nikkan Sports 8/29/2012
The Lions announced on Tuesday that Takumi Kuriyama had surgery on his fractured left ulna on Monday. The team trainer told reporters it will probably take three weeks to a month for the bone to fully heal. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/28/2012
Senichi Hoshino was frustrated with Yoshitaka Muto's outing on Tuesday and decided to let him workout his problems on the mound instead of yank him. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/29/2012
Muto was sent down to Ni-gun today.