...Giancarlo Alvarado needed a total 18 pitches to get through the second and third inning (9 for each inning) on Saturday against the Chiba Lotte Marines.
...Kenta Kurihara picked up his first hit in his 14th exhibition game at bat on Saturday (his first at bat of the game). He also happened to get the hit using a Tomoaki Kanemoto model bat he picked up when he dropped by SSK in December 2009 -- a bat that's heavier (by 15 grams) and longer (by 5 mm) than the one he usually uses. Unfortunately, he also broke the bat and had to go back to using his old bat -- he finished the game with three consecutive strike outs. On Sunday he went 0-for-5.