Wily Mo Pena did not play on Saturday because he took an HBP off his left ankle on Friday. Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 9/2/2012
Pena was back in the line-up today and went 3-for-4: RBI single to center, strikeout swinging, single to right, double to right.
Nippon Ham Fighters
The Fighters will try to spell out a message using colored cards that will be available at every seat at Sapporo Dome on September 19 (vs Softbank). Source: Nikkan Sports 9/1/2012
This is part of the Akino Saiten festivities (September 14-16).
Hideaki Wakui became just the second player in NPB history to be the opening day starter and record at least twenty saves. The other: Akio Saito in 1982. Wakui could also join Senichi Hoshino (1974) and Choji Murata (1975) as the only pitchers to lead the league in saves after being the opening day starter in the same season. Source: Sponichi 9/2/2012
Takumi Kuriyama (coming back from a left ulna fracture) started his rehab at the Seibu 2 Stadium on Saturday. Workouts included walking, batting practice with just the right hand. Source: Daily Sports 9/1/2012
Chiba Lotte Marines
Yoshihisa Naruse has given up thirteen home runs so far this season. Seven of them came in his five starts in August.