...Wednesday's intra-squad practice game notes:
...Tatsuyoshi Masubuchi started for the red team and tossed 4 innings and gave up 3 runs on 6 hits
...Katsuki Akagawa started for the white team and tossed 3 innings and gave up a run on 3 hits and 5 walks
...A total 8 pitchers made appearances and all 8 gave up runs
...Three players tried to steal second and Yuhei Nakamura (batted 8th and was the starting catcher) managed to throw out two of them
...Yuhei Takai (batted 6th and started in right) picked up a hit in his first at bat
...Takai will get plenty of chances to prove his worth the club -- he'll likely play in all 9 practice games the Swallows have on their schedule. His future on the team may be decided during this time.
...Kyohei Muranaka will likely pitch during Friday's intra-squad practice game. Yoshinori Sato will likely pitch on Saturday.
...Mikinori Kato is working out at Ni-gun camp. He tossed a bullpen session for Shigeru Takada at Ichi-gun camp on Tuesday. Kato will likely pitch in one of the practice games over the next few days and could be promoted to Ichi-gun camp depending on the results.
...Yasushi Iihara is at Ni-gun camp working his way back from a right shoulder injury.