Nippon Ham Fighters
...The Fighters started up their practice sessions Monday -- they worked out for about an hour and a half at Sapporo Dome.
Since there will be no DHs at the Tokyo Dome, pitchers also spent some time hitting the ball.
...The Giants also started up their practice sessions on Monday. And with the bad weather, the team spent about 2 hours working out indoors.
Position players worked on their hitting and pitchers played catch. Tetsuya Utsumi tossed about 62 pitches during situational BP and faced 15 batters.
...There was some talk that Takao Obana might not be with the team during the Nippon Series but it now appears that he will be with the team. Obana also apologized to the team for all the distractions.
...It appears as though the Giants will make Alex Ramirez the DH and start Seung-Yeop Lee at first for games at Sapporo Dome.
...Dicky Gonzalez will likely start game 1.