Curry based on a Matsui family recipe was sold at an event hosted by Nippon Hoso last month (Radio Park in Hibiya). The curry sold so well (2,000 servings at 600 yen) there are now plans to package and sell it to the general public sometime during or after summer.
Source: Sanspo 5/15/2013
Masahiko Morino hurt his right side (ribs) during pre-game practices on Tuesday. He did not play on Tuesday and is considered day-to-day.
Source: Nikkan Sports 5/15/2013
There was some mis-communication on a defensive play in the 7th inning on Tuesday night against Nippon Ham:
With a runner on second and two out, Atsunori Inaba hit a single to center. Yohei Oshima fielded the ball and threw it toward home. There was no cut-off man on the play. Morimichi Takagi felt Hirokazu Ibata should have cut the ball off and told him so when he returned to the dugout after the inning. Ibata was not happy (he thought it was up to Matt Clark to cut the ball off) and disappeared beyond the dugout doors. Takagi noticed this and went after him. Concerned players followed. Ibata later told reporters he should have been there to cut the ball off when he realized Clark was not moving into position.
A team meeting was held after the game in an attempt to clear the air.
Takagi also was not happy about Daniel Cabrera's performance (does not check the runners, throws a steady diet of fastballs, has difficultly throwing off-speed pitches for strikes) and wanted more of his players to learn something by watching how hard Hector Luna was working.
At forty-four years and six months, Takeshi Yamasaki set a new CL record for oldest player to record a triple. The previous record of forty-four years and three months was set by Tomoaki Kanemoto in 2012. The NPB record of forty-eight years and four months was set by Shinji Hamazaki in 1950.
Source: Sanspo 5/15/2013
Tatsuya Kojima joined the Ichi-gun team for practice today. He is slated to start a Ni-gun game against Softbank at Koshien on the 18th.
Source: Daily Sports 5/15/2013
Tuesday's Ni-gun game against Orix:
Brooks Conrad started at third and batted third. He went 1-for-3 with walk. Shinta Hifumi started in left and batted sixth. He went 1-for-2 with a walk. The Tigers feel the two players are not quite ready and need a little more time at Ni-gun. Source: Sanspo 5/15/2013
Hanshin fan Ken Watanabe (actor) visited Koshien on Tuesday for the first time this season. Watanabe has been busy with the Godzilla remake (he was in Vancouver, Canada up until late last month). He may not be able to catch another game in person until some time in July.