=== 2/21/2010 2:35am JST
...An additional note from Saturday's intra-squad practice game:
Akihisa Makita went 4-for-4 with a double and a homer.
...Pitching coach Yoshinori Sato told reporters he felt the pitching staff was in much better shape this year than it was last year at the same time.
=== 11:19pm JST
...Notes from Saturday's intra-squad practice game:
Kazuo Fukumori faced threw batters and retired them in a row: Jin Nakatani grounded out to short; Ryo Hijirisawa grounded back to the pitcher, and Kensuke Uchimura grounded out to short. Fukumori has yet to throw the fork.
Shinichiro Koyama gave up 6 runs in an inning of work. He faced 10 batters and gave up 7 hits, including 2 home runs (2-run HR Daisuke Kusano and 3-run HR Yosuke Hiraishi).
Akira Matsumoto gave up 4 runs on 5 hits over 2 innings of work.
Yosuke Hiraishi hit a 3-run home run in the third.
Jin Nakatani hit a 2-run home run off Hideki Asai in the 5th with 2 outs.
=== 2/20/2010 8:32am JST
...Masahiro Tanaka threw 131 pitches in a bullpen session on Friday. The 131 pitches broke his previous high of 86 pitches so far during Spring camp. Tanaka had originally planned to throw just a tad over 100 pitches but decided to keep going in preparation for a practice game start against the Chunichi Dragons on the 23rd.
...Juan Morillo's 155km/h fastball broke Akihito Fujii's bat. 7 of 13 pitches Morillo threw were clocked at over 150km/h and 3 of those 7 hit 155km/h. He also threw a 135km/h change that got Yusuke Kusuki to strike out swinging.
...Morillo, Kazuo Fukumori, Shinichiro Koyama, and Tsuyoshi Kawagishi are all likely in the running to be the team closer.