=== 3/3/2010 12:53am JST
...Nobuhiko Matsunaka joined the Ichi-gun team on Tuesday and worked out under a separate menu prior to the exhibition game against the Seibu Lions. He spent about 20 minutes at early BP (apparently taking some solid cuts) and also spent some time fielding grounders in the infield and shagging flies in the outfield.
...Yuki Shimooki attended his graduation ceremony at Kosei Gakuin High School on Monday.
=== 3/2/2010 1:32pm JST
...Tokyo MX (Tokyo Metropolitan TV) will be covering 45 Softbank Hawks games this years. On Monday, they announced that they hired Mikiko Nagotomo to call the play-by-play. It seems the Tokyo MX feels a female personality in the booth will help attract more viewers. The last time a female personality called a game was back Yumiko Udo did it for NHK in 2006.
Last season, Nagatomo provided coverage of the Hawks as a reporter. She is currently scheduled to call about 30 games this year.
...Takahiro Mahara threw about 60 pitches in the bullpen on his day off on Monday. Mahara is currently scheduled to pitch on Wednesday against the Seibu Lions.
...Shingo Tatsumi will be making a start against the Seibu Lions (exhibition game) on Wednesday. He held a bullpen session on Monday and threw about 80 pitches. Tatsumi has two new pitches in his arsenal: a change and a shuto.
...Yoshiaki Fujioka will be making a start against the Rakuten Eagles (exhibition game) on Thursday. He threw 80 pitches in a bullpen session on Monday.
...Nobuhiko Matsunaka could play in a game as early as the 6th (vs the Yomiuri Giants). Koji Akiyama has given Matsunaka until 3/10 to play in an exhibition game. If he doesn't play in a game by then, he won't be guaranteed a spot on the opening day roster.
...It seems the Hawks' original plan for using Nobuhiro Matsuda in the outfield is making a comeback. During Fall camp, there was talk of moving Matsuda to the outfield. That plan was later rejected during a meeting of coaches in January. Now it seems the idea is back on the table.
...Sadaharu Oh told reporters on Monday that he's planning on sending a number of people, including scouting advisor Shigeru Ishiwata, to Arizona and Florida at some point during the month. The plan is for them to spend about 2 weeks opening up lines of communication with various MLB clubs. They'll also spend some time working on building up a list of possible candidates that might become available once the major league rosters are set.