Once more, I forgot that it's always a day later in Japan than I think it is. The Konami Cup started today in Japan. It's an "Asia Series" between the championship baseball teams from Japan (NPB), South Korea (KBO), China (CBA), and Taiwan (CPBL). So far, the CPBL Sinon Bulls shut out Jim Lefebvre's CBA China All-Stars 6-0, and right now the KBO Samsung Lions are in the second inning of their game against the NPB Chiba Lotte Marines, and the Marines are currently leading 3-0. (Yahoo NPB's got it on "live" but I don't feel like sitting up and frantically reloading. "The Other" Kobayashi started for the Marines today. Morning edit: Marines won the game 6-2. Yay!)
There's a schedule of all the games here. It's a round-robin event hosted at the Tokyo Dome, two games a day for three days, and the top winners play each other on the fourth day for the ultimate championship. Should be pretty interesting to see who comes out on top, since the Lotte Marines swept the Hanshin Tigers in the Nippon Series, the Sinon Bulls swept the Macoto Cobras in the CPBL championships, and the Samsung Lions swept the Doosan Bears in the KBO. Lots of talented players there... all in the wrong damn timezone, so I'm off to sleep.