=== 3/7/2010 1:41am JST
...Toshiya Sugiuchi may have nailed down the opening day start with his outing on Saturday: 5 IP, 1 H, 7 SO, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.
=== 3/6/2010 3:13pm JST
...Satoru Morimoto and Takeshi Tsuji, were promoted to Ichi-gun while Yusuke Kosai and Tomoaki Egawa were demoted to Ni-gun for additional training. Due to a lack of playing time, Ichi-gun players Hayato Doue, Kenji Akashi, and Kenta Nakanishi will begin playing in Ni-gun games on the 6th.
Reo Chikada and Hiroki Yamada also apparently joined the Ichi-gun team on Saturday.
...Nobuhiko Matsunaka took some BP on Friday and also tried some base-running (from first to third). Koji Akiyama told reporters that Matsunaka will likely join the rest of the Ichi-gun team for general practice beginning on Saturday (he's been working out under a different training menu).
On Saturday, Matsunaka was in the starting line-up as DH batting third. He only had one at bat and grounded out to third.
...The Hawks stole eight (!) bases against the Yokohama Bay Stars on Friday: Yuichi Honda and Munenori Kawasaki in the first; Arihito Muramatsu in the second; Yuya Hasegawa and Hiroshi Shibahara in the fourth; Hiroaki Takaya in the fifth; Hasegawa in the 8th; and Tadaatsu Nakazawa in the 9th.
...Keiji Nakahara started in right and batted 8th in an Ikusei League game against the Hanshin Tigers on Friday. Nakahara hit a home run off Hirokazu Shiranita in his first at bat (his second "pro" homer).
...Shota Ohba started the Ikusei League game against the Hanshin Tigers on Friday. He tossed 6 innings and gave up 2 runs on 2 hits. He also gave up 3 walks / HBPs in the 4th that lead to a run. Ohba topped out at 145km/h.
...A little late, but those interested in baseball cards might be interested in the Softbank Hawks Victory Card 2010 set. They started accepted pre-orders on March 3rd. There's a sample of the card here.