Sorry for the lack of updates over the last few days... took a little bit of an extended holiday weekend and did a little traveling. Hope my readers in America hada nice 4th of July. Here are today's bullet points:
- Hanshin is cruising with a 7-game winning streak(link in English) and has opened up a massive 12.5 game lead on 2nd place Chunichi. They've also "lit up" their magic number to clinch a playoff spot. It currently stands at 55.
- In other Hanshin news, pitcher Wakatake threw a no-hitter for the Tigers' farm team.
- Yu Darvish will be starting the All-Star Game for the Pacific League. Colby Lewis gets the call for the Central League.
- MVPs for the month of June. Central League: Kenshin Kawakami (Chunichi), Tomoaki Kanemoto (Hanshin); Pacific League: Hisashi Iwakuma (Rakuten), Craig Brazell (Seibu). Note that a profile on Kawakami is on my to-do list.
- I stumbled across a new English-language Korean Baseball Blog. Here's a link.
- Deanna at Marinerds, etc posted a blog about her trip to a minor league game in Japan. Lots of good photos.
- In another stumbling, I found this guy's YouTube page. Tons of game highlights, posted regularly. All videos in Japanese.