Nippon Ham Fighters
Micah Hoffpauir became the seventh player in NPB history and fifth in PL history -- first since Tyrone Woods in 2006 in the CL and first since Benny Agbayani in 2005 in the PL -- to hit grand slams in back-to-back games on Friday.
Source: Sanspo 5/3/2013
1st round draft pick Shohei Otani tossed ninety-one pitches in the bullpen on Friday. He also hit an RBI double in a pinch-hit at bat against the Futures (7th inning, no out, runner on second). He is scheduled to join the Ichi-gun team on Saturday. In five rehab games at Ni-gun, he went 2-for-11.
The Lions announced the schedule for their Inter-league Old Timers Dream Match-ups.
May 20 - Osamu Higashio (Seibu) vs Masayuki Kakefu (Hanshin)
May 22 - Yutaka Ono (Hiroshima) vs Hiromichi Ishige (Seibu)
May 31 - Takehiro Ishii (Seibu) vs Takehiko Kobayakawa (Yakult)
Source: official announcement
Wily Mo Pena received a hand-made good luck frog from a fan before Friday's game against Seibu. Pena also has a frog sticker under the brim of his batting helmet on Friday.