=== 10:57pm JST
...Notes from Wednesday's intra-squad practice game:
Tetsuya Yamaguchi started and gave up a run (not earned) on 2 hits over 2 innings. He also got Seung-Yeop Lee to strike out looking on a change-up.
Yoshinobu Takahashi started at first and batted 5th. He went 1-for-3 at the plate: grounded out to third; singled to right; and grounded out to second. Takahashi had no major problems with the glove.
Masumi Hoshino tossed two shutout innings and surrendered only 2 hits. He also managed to strike out Yoshiyuki Kamei and Taishi Ohta, back-to-back.
Kyohei Tsuchimoto tossed an in relief and did not give up any hits. Junpei Ono tossed 2 shutout innings and gave up just 1 hit. He also struck out Hayato Sakamoto looking.
Hisayoshi Chono started in right and batted 3rd. He went 2-for-3 with 2 stolen bases: reached on an error by Taishi Ohta in the first; hit a single off Daisuke Ochi in the third and then stole second and advanced to third on a bad throw by the catcher; singled and stole second again in the 5th; and grounded out to short in the 8th. He didn't have any major problems in the outfield.
Ohta struck out three consecutive times and then lined out to Chono in the 9th.
...Noriyoshi Ohmichi was demoted to Ni-gun on Tuesday so that he can continue to prepare for the season at his own pace.
=== 2/17/2010 4:37pm JST
...Kiyoshi Toyoda threw 54 pitches during BP on Wednesday and faced Michihiro Ogasawara, Yoshitomo Tani, and Alex Ramirez. He gave up 8 could-be hits.
...Tetsuya Utsumi has his eye on becoming the opening day starter.
...Tetsuya Yamaguchi threw 52 pitches during a bullpen session on Tuesday. He was making last minutes adjustments for his intra-squad game start on Wednesday.
...Tatsunori Hara will be taking a close look at both Junpei Ono and Masumi Hoshino during their outings on Wednesday.
...Lee hit 2 home runs during BP on Tuesday.