...After Sunday's game, Akinobu Okada said that he'll likely go with Tomotaka Sakaguchi and Shogo Akada as his one and two hitters in the line-up.
... Batting coach Kozo Shoda worked with Akada prior to Sunday's game, giving him pointers on how to hit from the left-side.
...While Yoshihisa Hirano will likely be used as a reliever to start the season, the Buffaloes also have their eye on him being a 6th starter during the season as well. Only thing is, he gave up 7 runs over 3 innings of work during his start on Saturday. At one point during his outing, he gave up 4 consecutive hits: home run, single, single, and double.
...Okada may not have been trying to find an excuse for his pitchers giving up 5 home runs on Saturday, but did make mention of the Mizuno baseballs that were in play.
"They fly. Ever since we changed to Mizuno, they've been flying. Mizuno [balls] travel further. That shot by Toritani, and the one by Sakurai too."