=== 3/6/2010 12:54am JST
=== 3/5/2010 2:44pm JST
...With another solid outing, Yoshiaki Fujioka may have brought himself closer to one of two spots still open in the starting rotation. Pitching coach Ikuo Takayama told reporters after his start that he was one of the top candidates.
...The SBM trio has hit a slight bump in the road: Tadashi Settsu hasn't been able to hit his spots (he gave up a run on 2 hits and an HBP on Thursday); Brian Falkenborg is working his way back from right elbow elbow problems; and Takahiro Mahara popped a blister on his right index finger.
...Hiroki Kokubo went 0-for-4 on Thursday and is 0 for his last 18 plate appearances.
...Nobuhiro Matsuda got his first start in the outfield (right field to be exact) on Wednesday. He handled all three chances without any problems: 2 fly balls and 1 ground ball.