Yu Darvish and Masahiro Tanaka will be facing off against each tonight at Kleenex Stadium. This will be the third time the two have pitched against each other and the first time since September 26th, 2007.
...Norihiro Akahoshi says that he plans on returning to the parent club on the first day he's eligible to return (which would be the 13th). Akahoshi spent Thursday training in a swimming pool and should be able to start outdoor practice today.
...Kentaro Sekimoto spent time training in a swimming pool on Thursday. He spent 40-50 minutes walking around in the water and then did some stretching afterward. Sekimoto should be able to resume outdoor practice shortly.
...Former Seibu manager Tatsuro Hirooka tossed out the first pitch prior to last night's game against the Nippon Ham Fighters as part of an ongoing Lions' celebration (Lions Classic 2009) of the 1980's team.