Yamashita hopes the two books will not only provide Matsui with more information about his rival (know thy enemy), but also give him some insight on conditioning.
Akinori Iwamura is continuing his 88 temple pilgrimage in Shikoku. He temporarily stopped after visiting his 40th temple in December.
Daisuke Matsuzaka celebrated his first New Year in the US. He will now head out to Arizona on the 5th to start his training at Athletes' Performance.
Hiroki Kuroda continues to work on his new change-up.