...Tony Blanco was taken out of the game against the Ham Fighters after getting hit by a pitch (left elbow) in the 9th. He shouldn't miss any time because of this.
...The Tigers played their first practice game (without a crowd) at the newly renovated Koshien Stadium vs. the Giants today.
...Tigers owner Shinya Sakai will hang around after the no-crowd game against the Chunichi Dragons to watch the team hold a night-time practice session at the renovated stadium on the 17th.
When he was asked about the Colonel Sanders figure, he said, "We found a good place to put it up on display, but I can't really say anything more about it."
...Kevin Mench had a nice day at the plate going 3-for-5 against the Yomiuri Giants today.
...Kai-Wen Cheng tossed 29 pitches during a bullpen session on 15th before the game against the Giants. He threw all of his pitches (shuto, slider, change, and fork).
...There are some interesting shots of the inside of the stadium over at Sanspo. If you want a better view of the Koshien, definitely give it a quick look.
BTW: I love the little compartment under the seats for your stuff. Would have come in handy during the first round of the WBC.
...Shigenobu Shima is currently 0 for his last 21 (during exhibition play). He went 0-for-4 with 2 strike outs in his start against the the Swallows yesterday. It seems as though his left elbow hasn't completely recovered from the surgery he underwent in October.
...The pitchers had a chance to check out the new Mazda Stadium for the first time today. While none of them were able to throw off the mound today, the team is planning on moving their practice session to the new stadium soon.
NIPPON HAM FIGHTERS
...Hichori Morimoto could sit out for a few days as he recovers from slight strained back. He didn't join the team for practice and is questionable for tomorrow as well. Depending on how he's doing tomorrow, he may head to the hospital for further testing.
...Nomura quotes (from yesterday):
On Takayuki Kishi's lackluster start against his team...
2 runs over 4 innings is a good reason to be taken off the roster. I guess that means Hara was right about him.
About the early morning game time for the WBC...
I think I'll be tired. I might not even watch it.
Did I ever mention how much I love this guy.
YOKOHAMA BAY STARS
...Eri Yoshida threw out the ceremonial first pitch in yesterday's exhibition game between the Yokohama Bay Stars and the Orix Buffaloes. She threw a knuckleball.