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Softbank Hawks: March 10, 2010

by on Mar.10, 2010 @ 11:54 pm, under NPB, Spring Camp

=== 3/11/2010 1:34am JST

...Shingo Tatsumi didn't have a very good outing on Wednesday.  His final line: 3 IP, 17 BF, 65 NP, 4 H, 1 SO, 3 BB, 4 R, 4 ER.  Koji Akiyama told reporters that his future is currently up in the air.

...Nobuhiko Matsunaka did join the rest of the team for general practice on Tuesday after their game was called.  But he ultimately didn't ramp up his exercises due to the extreme cold.

...The Hawks plan on using Bum-Ho Lee more at first and third from here on out.  Up until now, most of Lee's appearances have been as a DH.

...Tsuyoshi Wada threw 60 pitches in the bullpen on Wednesday in preparation for his start against the Yakult Swallows on the Friday.  He's hoping to throw around 100 pitches during his start.

...Takahiro Mahara threw about 30 pitches to a squatting catch on Wednesday.  Mahara popped a blister on his right middle finger during his outing on 2/27 against the Hiroshima Carp.  It was his first bullpen since then.  He's likely to pitch in at least two more games before the start of the season.

...The Hawks international scout likely left for the US on Wednesday.  His job will be to visit all 30 MLB teams to open up lines of communication.  This is part of Sadaharu Oh's plan for strengthening the scouting department.

...Softbank held a press conference on Wednesday to announce that the Sadaharu Oh Baseball Museum will open on July 3.

=== 3/10/2010 11:54pm JST

...The player on the Hawks that was hurt the most by Tuesday's rain-out was Nobuhiko Matsunaka.  With only 4 more exhibition games left on the schedule, his start on the active roster for opening day is still up in the air.  Matsuanaka was the starting DH on Wednesday against the Yokohama Bay Stars on Wednesday and went 0-for-2.  He has yet to really test his legs on the base paths (perhaps the biggest concern for the Hawks at this point).

A recap of his at bat: starting DH on 3/6 against the Yomiuri Giants, 0-for-1 (ground out to third); and starting DH on 3/7 against the Yomiuri Giants, 0-for-1 (ground out to short).

...Hiroki Kokubo picked up his first hit in his 26th plate appearance during Wednesday's game against the Yokohama Bay Stars.  He ended up going 1-for-3 with a walk, a run, an RBI, and a strike out.  Kokubo recorded the hit in his fourth at bat of the game.