...Notes from the intra-squad practice game on Wednesday:
Yasuhiro Ichiba started for the white team and went four innings while giving up 2 runs on 6 hits, including a 2-run homer to Yuichi Matsumoto in the 4th. Ichiba pitched 3 innings and gave up 2 runs during his last intra-squad outing on the 12th.
Tatsuyoshi Masubuchi started for the red team and gave up 2 runs on 6 hits over 4 innings of work. He gave up a solo homer to Ryoji Aikawa in the 3rd. Masaubuchi gave up 3 runs over 4 innings during his last outing during an intra-squad practice game on the 11th.
...Yoshinori Sato worked out on his day off Tuesday. He's been working on modifying his delivery (usage of the lower body) after he gave up 4 runs on 6 hits over 3 innings of work during an intra-squad start on the 13th. While receiving input from Aikawa during a bullpen session on the 15th, Yoshinori worked on trying to incorporate various things he picked up while watching Masanori Ishikawa and Shohei Tateyama pitch.
Yoshinori is scheduled to start a practice game against the Nippon Ham Fighters on the 21st.