=== 11:44pm JST
...Avispa Fukuoka (J-League 2) manager Yoshiyuki Shinoda dropped by Hawks' camp on Thursday.
...Notes from Thursday's practice game against the KIA Tigers:
Shota Ohba gave up 3 runs on 7 hits over 3 innings of work.
Shingo Tatsumi and Sho Iwasaki both threw 3 shutout innings.
Bum-Ho Lee picked up a hit in his first at bat. He then flied out to second in his second at bat and walked in his third.
Munenori Kawasaki hit a 2-run double in the 6th.
The Hawks won the game, 4-3.
...B Group played a practice game against Sega Sammy and lost, 5-1.
=== 2/18/2010 2:17pm JST
...Bum-Ho Lee is 0-for-6 over two practice games so far. He'll be starting at third and batting third against the KIA Tigers on Thursday.
...Shota Ohba will be starting the game against the KIA Tigers. Shingo Tatsumi and Sho Iwasaki are also scheduled to pitch. Each of the three pitchers will throw three innings a piece.
...Nobuhiko Matsunaka will be staying behind at Group B (Ni-gun) camp when Group A (Ichi-gun) camp ends and players head to Fukuoka. Koji Akiyama told reporters that as long as Matsunaka gets into an exhibition game by 3/10, he still has a shot to make the opening day (3/20) roster. Matsunaka hasn't done any running for 2 days straight.
...Akiyama suggested that Hitoshi Tamura try dropping his center of gravity a bit more while hitting. It also seems he said that Tamura might be better off with a slightly heavier bat. Tamura is now thinking of using a 34.5 inch bat that weighs about 960 - 970 grams.
...Hiroki Kokubo will be using an eco-friendly bat this year. The new bat is apparently made using water-soluble paint. Kokubo also stayed after practice on Wednesday for extra batting practice.
...Tsuyoshi Wada didn't throw any pitches in the bullpen on Wednesday. The team doesn't want to rush Wada at this point and is taking things slowly.
...After throwing a bullpen session on Wednesday, Nagisa Arakaki told reporters that he was feeling much better. He also said that he's close to throw at full strength. No word on when he'll be promoted to Ichi-gun camp yet.
...Toshiya Sugiuchi hasn't thrown any pitches since his outing during an intra-squad game on the 14th. Instead, he's been working on strengthening his body. Toshiya told reporters that he doesn't feel compelled to throw because he's exactly where he needs to be.