...With 8 years in the books on the 13th, Norihiro Akahoshi can now become a free agent at the end of the season.
...It appears as though things are slowly starting to fall into place for Kevin Mench. He went 4-for-5 with 2 RBIs in a game at Ni-gun on the 13th. He also hit his second home run in as many days.
NIPPON HAM FIGHTERS
...Yoshio Itoi was held out of the starting line-up on Wednesday after he complained of some
Yokohama Bay Stars 9 - Yomiuri Giants 8
It wasn't a very pretty game for either team. The Bay Stars surrendered 4 unearned runs, the Giants 2. And the game-deciding run scored on a bases loaded HBP in the bottom of the ninth with 1 out.
Tom Matsny (5 IP, 5 H, 4 K, BB, 5 R, 3 ER) started for the Bay Stars and Shun Yamaguchi (1 IP, 0 H, K, 2 BB, 2 R, 0 ER) ultimately got the win in relief. Satoshi Fukuda (5 IP, 4 H, 3 K, 3 BB, 6 R, 6 ER) got the start for the Giants, but it was
Central League Roster Updates
Added to the Active Roster
Marc Kroon P
Kyuji Fujikawa P
Yuya Kamada PRicky Barrett PTomohiro Yoneno C
Yokohama Bay Stars
Toshiyuki Kitagawa PRemoved from the Active RosterYomiuri Giants
Yuki Furukawa P
Daiyu Kanemura P
...Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi became the 7th pitcher over 40 to pitch a complete game shut-out. It was also the first complete game shut-out for a pitcher over 40 since Masahiro Yamamoto (CHU) did it against the Tigers on April 17th, 2007.
...Kyuji Fujikawa will likely join the parent club today.
...Teppei Tsuchiya went to the hospital for a check-up on the 11th (he was complaining of not feeling well) and was given
...Hitoki Iwase became the fourth player to record 200 saves in his career.
...When Tomoaki Kanemoto hit a walk-off home run to beat the Carp 1-0, he also hit the teams 7,000th home run.
...Kan Ohtake has no tossed 24 consecutive scoreless innings.
...The Eagles officially announced that Masahiro Tanaka will be starting for the team