...One of the Tigers' coaches apparently contacted an Orix pitching coach on Wednesday to find out which pitchers the Buffaloes might be starting during their 2-game match up on 2/27 and 2/28. Akinobu Okada was surprised when he found out about the call and said that there's no reason to tell them who is starting (even if these are only exhibition games).
...Notes from Thursday's intra-squad practice game:
Hiroshi Kisanuki started and threw 2 shutout innings and didn't give up any hits.
Mamoru Kishida started and gave up a run over 2 innings of work.
Daisuke Kato threw a scoreless inning in relief.
Takahiro Okada hit a home run off Kishida.