=== 3/11/2010 12:42am JST
...Takashi Toritani is 7-for-18 with 4 RBIs over 6 exhibition games. Against left-handed pitchers, he's 3-for-9.
=== 3/10/2010 12:37pm JST
...The first base ump was apparently surprised by a play Kenji Johjima made in the 6th against the Nippon Ham Fighters on Tuesday. With Yoshio Itoi on third and 1 out, Sho Nakata hit a grounder to Takashi Toritani. Toritani saw Itoi running and threw home. Johjima tagged Itoi out and noticed that he still had a shot at a play at first and threw over. Nakata ended up being safe, but the first base ump wasn't expecting Johjima to make a throw to first.
...Sanspo notes that Hirotaka Egusa threw a pitch side-arm during a game against the Nippon Ham Fighters on Tuesday. The pitch came on a 1-2 pitch against Tomochika Tsuboi in the 7th with a runner on second and 2 outs.
...Tatsuya Kojima gave up a run on 3 hits over two innings of work against the Nippon Ham Fighters on Tuesday. He told reporters that he was leaving his pitches up in the zone and had to work on keeping them down more. Pitching coach Yasuo Kubo said that they'll continue working with Kojima so that they can use him at Ichi-gun.
...Kyuji Fujikawa told reporters that he was fully satisfied with his outing against the Nippon Ham Fighters on the Tuesday. He said he was able to get ahead in the count with his fastball and that his fork was sinking. Fujikawa will likely pitch again on the 11th against the Orix Buffaloes.
...Toritani went 3-for-4 against the Nippon Ham Fighters on Wednesday. He also swung at the first pitch in each of his at bats.
...Pitching coach Takashi Yamaguchi told reporters that Randy Messenger still needs to work on how to effectively pitch to Japanese hitters. He also said he knew Messenger had the ability and wasn't too concerned.
...Minoru Iwata will be making an appearance in an Ikusei League game on the 14th against the Chunichi Dragons. The decision was made on Tuesday and it seems he'll go about 3 innings.
...Seems Johjima is having Nike work on a new design for catching gear that he'll be using on the road. Something that's a little flashier than what he's using right now.
...Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi has been working on a slow curve (since Spring camp) that tops out in the 90km/h range.
...Nikkan Sports seems to be throwing a caution flag on Takahiro Arai's back pain. While the chief trainer Taizo Tsunekawa told reporters on Tuesday that he won't need a hospital visit, Nikkan Sports is worried that it could potentially keep him from being ready for the start of the regular season. And if not that, become a possible problem during the season.
...The Tigers are adopting a new method of grading their Ikusei players (as of 3/9 they have ten), which includes keeping information about individual players in list format so that it's easier to read.