Chiba Lotte Marines
...Yasuhiko Yabuta worked out in front of reporters for the first time this year at Chiba Marine Stadium. He's looking forward to trying out his two-seamer in Japan, the one he picked up while playing in the Majors.
...Daisuke Yamai worked out at Nagoya Stadium on Wednesday. He told reporters that his shoulder was feeling fine and that he had no worries or concerns about it.
Yamai plans on joining Masahiro Yamamoto in Tottori for training beginning on Thursday.
...Yoshiyuki Ishihara worked out in front of reporters for the first time on Wednesday at a gym in Hiroshima. Ishihara had actually started up his training for the new year on Tuesday.
...Takahiro Okada showed up to his first practice of the year with the letter 'T' shaved into his head. He's hoping the 'T' will help people remember who he is.
...Hisashi Iwakuma told reporters that he and Masahiro Tanaka and Satoshi Nagai will strive to win more than the 41 games they collectively won last season.
...The Lions announced that they will hold their annual ceremony to open the new season at Seibu 2 Building's Kusunoki Hall in Tokorozawa on the 28th.
...Kimiyasu Kudo was sad to hear the news of Randy Johnson's retirement. Kudo had felt a connection with Johnson as they were both born in 1963 and still working hard to compete at a professional level.
...Norichika Aoki worked out for about 6 hours on Wednesday. He did some running and took some batting practice.
...Takahashi Yoshinobu is worried about his comeback. After being away from the game for so long, he wonders if he can really make it back.
...NPB commissioner Ryozo Kato met with MLB commissioner Bud Selig in Milwaukee on the 5th and discussed the possibility of holding a Global World Series. Seems Selig told Kato that holding a Global World Series was something he wanted to do before he retired.
Both Selig and MLB COO Bob DuPuy have been invited to attend the Japanese All-Star Game this year.