Toshiya Sugiuchi messed around with a knuckle ball while playing catch at Giants Stadium on Friday.
Sugiuchi was scratched from his last regular season start on the 8th (vs Yakult) with tightness in his neck.
Source: Sanpso 10/12/2013
Phoenix League tune-up game against Orix on Saturday:
Sugiuchi got the start and did not allow any hits or runs over three innings of work. [Daily Sports 10/12/2013] ... Dennis Houlton relieved Sugiuchi and tossed three shutout innings while allowing one hit. [Daily Sports 10/12/2013] ... Sugiuchi (three innings), Houlton (three innings), Scott Mathieson (one inning), Tetsuya Yamaguchi (one inning), and Kentaro Nishimura (one inning) combined for a two-hit shutout. [Nikkan Sports 10/12/2013] ... Hayato Sakamoto hit a two-run homer in the 4th, his first long ball since August 24. [Daily Sports 10/12/2013]
Masahiro Tanaka and Takahiro Norimoto will likely start the first two games of the Final Stage of the Climax Series. Depending on how things go, they could also make appearances out of the bullpen later on during the series -- Tanaka beginning in Game 4 and Norimoto beginning in Game 5.
Source: Daily Sports 10/12/2013
The Lions sold out on First Stage advance order tickets on Friday. A number of infield standing-room only tickets were available for Saturday's game.
Source: Sanspo 10/12/2013