Tatsunori Hara will most likely return to the Giants as manager next season, provided the team does not end up finishing the year in fourth place or lower.
"[Hara] will of course be back if they win the Nippon Series. Even a pennant. So long as the team does not get blown away. He will return as long as the team does not finish [in the bottom three]. Although I highly doubt there is a chance of a bottom three finish," said team chair Tsuneo Watanabe to reporters on Thursday.
Source: Nikkan Sports 7/19/2013
Morimichi Takagi may be planning to save Yudai Ono, Daniel Cabrera, and Daisuke Yamai for a three-game Yomiuri series that begins on the 26th. That could mean pitchers like Masahiro Yamamoto, Kenichi Nakata, and Kentaro Nishikawa will have an opportunity to win starts during a two-game Yokohama series that begins on the 24th.
Source: Sports Hochi 7/19/2013
Team president Tsuyoshi Kinugasa told reporters they currently have no plans of firing Junji Ogawa mid-season.
"[The team] still has a shot at [the top three]. We wanted him to focus on the post-season last year so we announced his extension early on in September. We want to wait until the last minute to decide on next season," said Kinugasa.
Source: Daily Sports 7/19/2013
The Swallows are planning to hold off on adding Ikusei outfielder Takanori Sato to the seventy-man roster. Sato will become a free agent after the season since this is his third year as an Ikusei player. The team plans to re-sign him as an Ikusei player.
Sato has already been informed of the decision and has reportedly told the club he only wants to play for Yakult.
There is a good chance the Tigers will add Ikusei players Keisuke Kano and Keisuke Hayashi to the seventy-man roster before the deadline at the end of the month. An official announcement will be made within the next couple of days.
Source: Sanspo 7/19/2013
Tsuyoshi Nishioka will begin using a new intro song during the second-half. The song, titled Superstar, was written for Nishioka by singer/songwriter Tsuyoshi.
The intro song Nishioka used during the first-half, Curtain Call, was also written by Tsuyoshi.
Source: Sponichi 7/19/2013