Sanspo: Ken Takahashi has started tossing (50 pitches) around an MLB regulation ball in preparation for his journey Stateside. When asked about the differences in the balls used in the Majors, Takahashi said, "The ball seems to slip a bit and the stitching feels a bit rough. There doesn't seem to be a very big difference in size though."
Sanspo: Aaron Guiel might be returning to the Swallows after all. But it will largely depend on how well he recovers from his injury (bones chips in his right elbow for which he had surgery back in October). I'd like to see Guiel given another chance with the Swallows. If he's healthy, I think he has the ability to give the Swallows some power.
Sanspo: The Tigers will most likely start the season with 5 foreigners on the rosters: Kevin Mench, Aarom Baldiris, Jeff Williams, Scott Atchison, and Chris Resop. But with Daisuke Miura turning down their offer, the Tigers may be looking to add one more, specifically a lefty starter.