Nippon Ham Fighters
The Fighters ended the first-half under .500 for the first time since 2005.
Source: Sponichi 7/17/2013
Kazuo Matsui started the season with a bat that weighed about 890 grams. He recently switched over to a heavier bat that weighs about 910 grams.
Source: Sports Hochi 7/17/2013
Masahiro Tanaka won his start against the Orix Buffaleos on Tuesday and extended his winning streak to seventeen games (from last season). That is good for a second place tie with Mitsuhiro Adachi (seventeen victories between 1970 and 1971) on the PL all-time list.
Tanaka's scoreless inning streak ended at 42 innings and is good for fourth on the PL all-time list.
Source: Daily Sports 7/16/2013
Tanaka became the first player to record thirteen victories during the first-half of the season since Yu Darvish in 2011 (13-2). Tanaka is the first to do it without any losses.
The NPB record for longest winning streak over one or more seasons seasons is twenty, set by Kiyoshi Matsuda (1951-1952) and Kazuhisa Inao (1957). Takao Misonoo (1937-1938), Victor Starffin (1940), and Yoshihiro Nakada (1981-1985) are all tied for second with eighteen-game winning streaks.
Source: Sponichi 7/16/2013
Chiba Lotte Marines
Craig Brazell's family were not at Tuesday's game against Softbank at QVC Marine because they were out visiting Tokyo Disneyland.
Source: Sanspo 7/17/2013