- Takahiro Norimoto tossed a shutout and struck out eleven against Yokohama on Thursday. It was the eighteenth time a pitcher recorded a shutout and struck out eleven in an Inter-league game. Norimoto was the fourteenth pitcher to accomplish the feat, first from the Eagles. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/23/2014
- Rakuten pitchers that have stopped multi-game losing streaks with a win this season: Norimoto (three times), Shinichiro Koyama (one time), and Yudai Mori (one time). Source: Sponichi 5/23/2014
- With Fumikazu Kimura a little banged up (left knee) from a near collision in the outfield on Wednesday, Abner Abreu could be an option to play right. He was added to the active roster on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/23/2014, Sports Hochi 5/23/2014 ... The Lions held a press conference for Abreu at the team offices in Tokorozawa on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/23/2014
Chiba Lotte Marines
- 1st round draft pick Ayumu Ishikawa threw forty-nine pitches in the bullpen on Thursday. He is slated to start Saturday's game against Yomiuri at QVC Marine. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/23/2014
- Takahiro Fujioka could make his next start on seven days of rest on Sunday against Hanshin at Koshien. Hideaki Wakui could get the second game against Hanshin on Monday. Source: Daily Sports 5/23/2014
- Tomoya Yagi joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts on Friday. He is slated to start Saturday's game against Hiroshima. Brandon Dickson will likely be pushed back a day to start Sunday's game against Yokohama. Source: Sponichi 5/23/2014
- Sponichi posted a two-part interview (one, two) with Chihiro Kaneko. Of particular interest might be the following quote: "A batter once told me that he thought there was a set number of hits they could record over their career. That probably converts to pitches for pitchers. I think maybe there is a set number of pitches I can throw. This might be extreme, but that might mean not throwing when I don't have to. I have done enough in terms of playing catch. As long as I can play catch, I feel my bullpens will be fine."