=== 3/7/2010 1:52am JST
...Yu Darvish told reporters after his first exhibition start this year with Shota Ohno behind the plate that he couldn't get on the same page. On Saturday, he had something different to say. Said Darvish, "I relied on him to call the shots most of the time. I was able to trust his judgment and found it easy to pitch [to him]."
Of his start in general, Darvish told reporters that he had a hard time getting the timing down for his fastball. His other pitches, on the other hand, were working well for him, especially his two-seam fastball.
=== 3/6/2010 3:47pm JST
...There was a "pep rally" for the Fighters on Friday. About 700 people from various businesses attended the event.
He's trying to make good contact with every pitch he sees. Instead of doing that, he should focus on making sure he can make solid contact on fastballs. It doesn't matter if he strikes out a lot like Seibu Lion Takeya Nakamura, he just needs to swing with some more authority. ... He ultimately needs to work on hitting fastballs up and in. If he can hit that, pitchers won't have a place to target any more.
...Masayoshi Kato told reporters that he wants to become a hitter that can hit liners in the gaps for double and triples.
...Darvish will not be with the team when they begin a road drip through Kansai on the 9th. He will instead workout at Kamagaya. Darvish will then rejoin the team on the 11th when they start playing games in the Kanto region. While most of the players are expected to travel with the team on road games, the Fighters are making Darvish the exception: they don't want to put him under any additional strain.
...More bad news for Kazumasa Kikuchi: after fracturing right ring finger during Spring camp, Kikuchi is now apparently suffering from a strained back. He started feeling discomfort in his back during practice on the 4th. Ken Miyamoto is also suffering from the same condition. Neither player attended the pep rally on the 5th.
...The Nippon Ham Fighters held a press conference prior to their exhibition game against the Yakult Swallows on Saturday to announced that they will continue to help support the Red Feather Community Chest Movement (赤い羽根共同募金). Masataka Nashida will donate 1,000 yen for every game the team wins; Atsunori Inaba, Kensuke Tanaka, and Yoshio Itoi will each donate 1,000 yen for each hit they record in 2010.