...Kentaro Nishimura started a game against the Chiba Lotte Marines on Friday -- it was the first start since 3/17/2009 (an exhibition game against the Yakult Swallows. Nishimura is working his way back from right elbow surgery he had in June 2009.
...Shun Tono told reporters after his outing on Thursday that he worked on spotting his off-speed pitches during the game. While he was happy with his off-speed pitches, he wasn't quite as happy with his fastball. Tono will now spend some time working on brushing up his fastball and will test things out (hitting the inside and outside corners) during his next outing.
...According to Dicky Gonzalez, the best way to attack the Chunichi Dragons' offense is to throw the slider up and in.