...Jeff Williams began his rehab work-outs on Monday. He will also likely get his left shoulder checked out to see if there's any damage to the area.
...The Koshien unveiled the "Reliefs Commemorating the Renewal of Koshien" on Tuesday.
Three reliefs, each measuring 2.2 meters high and 2.8 meters wide, will now greet visitors to the ballpark.Nippon Ham Fighters
...Yu Darvish was given the go sign for his start on the 31st. When asked
Chunichi Dragons 5 - Yomiuri Giants 3
W: Weiyin Chen (4-2; 6.2 IP, 8 H, 5 K, BB, 3 R, 2 ER)
Sv: Hitoki Iwase (29)
L: Wirfin Obispo (3-1; 7 IP, 6 H, 8 K, 2 BB, 2 HBP, 4 R, 4 ER)
Wirfin Obispo had a wiild start, giving up a hit and 2 walks to load the bases in the top of the 1st. But he bore down and struck out Atsushi Fujii (0-for-4) to end the inning. He put two more runners on base in the 2nd on a hit and an HBP, but once again managed to wiggle out of the inning.
Adam Rubin defends himself in the Daily News:
Undressing the misguided charges of Mets general manager Omar Minaya
I want to get something straight.
Everything I wrote about Tony Bernazard - bombshell stories that appeared in the pages of the Daily News over the last week - is accurate.
My reporting was solid, met the journalistic standards of sourcing and beyond and was untainted by any personal agenda on my part.
Updated 07-28-2009 at 01:46 PM by knucklehead7
Thanks to Gen posting the runs scored and runs allowed with his standings, it's possible to calculate the basic Pythagorean expectation standings for the NPB:
Chunichi Dragons, 52-34
Yomiuri Giants, 51-34
Yakult Swallows, 43-36
Hanshin Tigers, 38-44
Hiroshima Carp, 33-51
Yokohama Bay Stars, 29-55
Nippon Ham Fighters, 54-27
Softbank Hawks, 48-36
Seibu Lions, 48-36
Tomoaki Kanemoto is in the final year of a 3-year deal and the team is apparently mulling around the idea of offering him a 2-year deal with 1.1B yen. Most clubs tend to stay away from multi-year contracts with players in their late 30's, but Kanemoto is a slightly different case -- what with his current streak of 1,412 consecutive games of playing every inning streak still going strong.
The final yen figure will likely change, based primarily on Kanemoto's stats at the end of the