- The Giants' Yoshinobu Takahashi has yet to play this year, and when he finally does get into a game it will be at first base and not his usual rightfield.
- Marty Brown's future in Hiroshima may be in jeopardy.
- Stephen Randolph would like to visit his birthplace, Okinawa, while in Japan. He'll get that opportunity next spring if he can stick with the BayStars.
- Yasuhiro Ichiba is switching to a three-quarters delivery.
- Tuffy Rhodes will return to game action on August 4.
- Hiroshima Carp bust Scott Dohmann has signed a minor league contract with the Diamondbacks, and former Hanwha Eagle Victor Cruz has signed with Baltimore.
- Gwynar gives us an update on the troubled Kansai League.
- Is Bobby Valentine the most beloved manager of all time? Maybe.
- Christopher Pellegrini takes on Japan's tendency to over-utilize the sacrifice bunt.