Nikkan Sports and Sponichi have posted portions of Shintaro Fujinami (Hanshin) and Shohei Otani (Nippon Ham) post-game interviews from Sunday.
First, Nikkan Sports:
You won your fourth game.
I am glad I won. It was business as usual up there on the mound.
It was your first Ichi-gun game in a little while.
I did not feel quite right since it has been some time, but I had some help from [Akihito] Fujii and was able to pitch well.
On facing [Shohei] Otani.
I am glad he did not hit any home runs off me. I am glad it was just doubles.
You will be facing him more in the future.
This is something that interests the fans so I would like to do my best to get him out.
Are you interested in turning up the excitement with this rivalry?
I am still not that kind of player yet.
This was your fourth victory.
I am still getting a lot of help in my victories. I want to get to the point where fans can watch my games and talk about how I shut down the opponent.
Source: Nikkan Sports 5/26/2013
You faced Otani today.
He has a presence. His aura and his swing were very pro. It felt good pitching against him.
You threw twelve pitches and eleven were fastballs.
I left pitch selection up to Fujii. I did seem like he was going after fastballs.
There is hope you and Otani will help bring excitement to the leagues.
I am still not that kind of pitcher. They might label this a rivalry, but I will not worry about that too much. It will be good if we can just push each other to become better players.
You fouled off the first pitch of your first trip to the plate.
[Fujinami] throws a good fastball and I thought it would be best to pick my pitches. I thought fastball and I was surprised when I failed to make [good contact]. I want to be able to hit [that kind of pitch].
On your second trip the plate.
I thought I was going to make good contact, but the pitch dipped away and hit the end of the bat. I went for two because we were down by quite a few runs.
On facing [Fujinami] again in the future.
I was able to hit the fastballs today, but he could come with off-speed pitches [next time]. I want to be ready for that.
Source: Sponichi 5/26/2013