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Softbank Hawks: Wada to start exhibition game against Carp on the 26th?

by on Feb.25, 2010 @ 3:00 pm, under NPB, Spring Camp

=== 2/26/2010 12:27am JST

...Softbank unveiled their new big screen TVs on Thursday.  Each measure 5.7m in height and 33m in width.  Installation cost 600M yen in all.

Throw in the main screen (9.984m in height and 52.992m in width) and you have what's apparently the largest viewing surfaces at a baseball stadium in the world.

...Tsuyoshi Wada and a number of other pitchers worked out at Yahoo Dome on Thursday.

...Yuya Hasegawa and Kenji Akashi took part in the grand opening ceremonies for a Hawks' store in Fukuoka on Thursday.

=== 2/25/2010 3:00pm JST

...Koji Akiyama mentioned Nobuhiko Matsunaka as a candidate to bat fourth during opening day.  Or that would at least be his ideal number four hitter.

...Akiyama will likely go with the 1-2 of Yuichi Honda and Munenori Kawasaki.

...Bum-Ho Lee is 3-for-14 in practice games so far.

...Hiroki Kokubo, Hitoshi Tamura, and Jose Ortiz are scheduled to play against the Hiroshima Carp on the 26th.  Tsuyoshi Wada will likely start the game.  Wada will likely pitch in at least three exhibition games.

...The Hawks are thinking of testing to see if Brian Falkenborg can handle pitching on consecutive days when the team heads out to play 6 games on the road beginning on 3/9.

...Tadashi Settsu threw 80 pitches during a bullpen session on Wednesday.  He threw a total 1,115 pitches during Spring camp.

...Wada ended up throwing 560 total pitches during Spring camp.

...Shota Ohba may be pitching himself out of the starting rotation.  On Wednesday, he tossed 4 innings in relief and gave up a run on 2 hits and 2 walks.  He also faced 13 batters and started 5 of them off with 2-0 counts.  He also surrendered a 2-out solo homer.

There's also the game on the 18th where Ohba surrenders 3 runs on 7 hits over 3 innings of work.

It seems the Hawks also feel Shingo Tatsumi and Sho Iwasaki have also moved ahead of Ohba (both have pitched in two games, tossed 7 innings, and given up no runs).

Ohba threw a total 1,534 pitches during Spring camp.