...Sho Nakata doesn't like domed stadiums. Or at least that's what he told reporters on Monday as he checked into Sapporo. Said Nakata, "I hate domed stadiums. They're had to see in. And the ball looks much smaller in the batter's box. You don't play in domed stadiums at Ni-gun..."
Too bad for Nakata, most of the teams in the Pacific League play in Domes: Fighters - Sapporo Dome; Softbank Hawks - Yahoo Dome; Seibu Lions - Seibu Dome; and the Orix Buffaloes - Kyocera Dome.
The next four exhibition games against the Tigers and Swallows at Sapporo Dome will likely be important for Nakata.
...Masataka Nashida told reporters that defense will once again be center-stage during games started by Yu Darvish (in other words, glove over bat).
...Nashida, Darvish, Atsunori Inaba, Makoto Kaneko, Hisashi Takeda, Eiichi Koyano, and Kensuke Tanaka will be lending their voices to bus and subway announcements this year.
...Darvish met his wife and new son after his start against the Swallows on 2/28. He returned to Sapporo on Tuesday for afternoon practice.