=== 2/24/2010 12:53am JST
...Wei-Ying Chen threw 123 pitches in a bullpen session on Tuesday and worked on pitching out of the stretch.
=== 2/23/2010 8:30pm JST
...Notes from Tuesday's practice game against the Rakuten Eagles:
Daisuke Yamai tossed 3 shutout innings and gave up 3 hits.
Hitoki Iwase threw 1 shutout inning.
Edward Valdez gave up 12 runs on 9 hits (including 3 home runs) over 2 innings of work. There were also some errors thrown in.
With two outs, Masahiko Morino and Tony Blanco hit back-to-back solo homers off Masahiro Tanaka in the first.
...Masafumi Hirai joined Ichi-gun camp on Tuesday.
...Hirokazu Ibata wasn't scheduled to play against the Eagles on Tuesday but changed his mind when he found out that Masahiro Tanaka was pitching. He apparently didn't want to pass on the chance to face a quality arm.
...Most tickets for Kazuyoshi Tatsunami retirement ceremony game on the 27th (vs. the Chiba Lotte Marines) apparently sold out within about 30 minutes of going on sale on the 13th. The only tickets that remained, at the time, were 5th floor panorama seats.