Hitoki Iwase pitched in his fiftieth game of the season tonight and extended his NPB record for consecutive fifty or more appearance seasons to fourteen. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/25/2012
Shinji Iwata may have pitched himself out of any chances to join the Climax Series starting rotation.
Said Morimichi Takagi, "Seems we can only use [Iwata] for about an inning against the strong Yakult and Yomiuri offenses."
Source: Sports Hochi 9/25/2012
Masahiro Yamamoto told reporters today that, while nothing was official, he still wanted to continue playing next season. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/25/2012
The Swallows are three victories away from clinching third in the CL.
Kazuhiro Hatakeyama and Ryoji Aikawa played in a N-gun game against Seibu today. Hatakeyama started at first and batted clean-up; he went 2-for-4 with two RBI. Aikawa was the starting catcher and batted fifth; he went 0-for-2. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/25/2012
Both players were removed partway through the game. Source: Sports Hochi 9/25/2012
The Tigers were mathematically eliminated from a possible third place finish with the loss tonight.
Tomoaki Kanemoto recorded his 4,474th total base tonight and moved into a 5th place tie with Sachio Kinugasa on the all-time list. Source: Sponichi 9/25/2012
Team owner Hajime Matsuda told reporters tonight that the team was planning to sign Tomonori Maeda (41) to an extension for the 2013 season. Source: Sponichi 9/25/2012
Takuro Ishii's daughter is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before his retirement game on September 30. Ishii will make a speech after the game and will also be presented with flowers. All fans attending the game will get a commemorative poster. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/25/2012