Today's news & links:
- Yu Darvish dominated Rakuten for his 11th win of the season: 9 IP, 10 K, 0 BB, 4 H, 1 ER on 89 pitches. Darvish's league-leading ERA is now 1.88.
- Hanshin lost yesterday, cutting their lead to 11.5 in the Central League.
- Kazumi Saito has been rehabbing in Arizona, but he's found time to attend a WNBA game and hang out with Jeremy Giambi.
- Victor Starfin's daughter did indeed throw out the first pitch at the Giants' July 15 game.
- NPB teams sending three or more players to the Olympics will be allowed to carry an additional foreign player while they're Olympians are away. This means some teams will have up to five foreign players on their active rosters.