1st round draft pick Tomoyuki Sugano is the sixth rookie in franchise history, since the two-league format began, to record three victories within the team's first nineteen games. The other five: Motoshi Fujita (1957), Hiroaki Aoki (1960), Ritsuo Horimoto (1960), Hisanori Takahashi (2000), and Satoshi Fukuda (2006).
Source: Nikkan Sports 4/21/2013
Kenta Maeda was taken off the active roster today with inflammation in his right triceps brachii muscle.
Source: Daily Sports 4/21/2013
1st round draft pick Shintaro Fujinami won his start against Yakult at Koshien today. Including his victories during high school, he has now won eleven straight at Koshien.
Source: Sponichi 4/21/2013