=== 3/12/2010 1:10am JST
...The Buffaloes attended a pep rally on Thursday at an area hotel in Osaka. At the event, Akinobu Okada told guests that Chihiro Kaneko was going to be the opening day starter.
=== 4:20pm JST
...All Japanese position players stayed back after Wednesday's game to take about 90 minutes of extra batting practice after the team was shutout, 6-0, despite racking up 10 hits.
...Akinobu Okada revealed to reporters on Wednesday that he told his players during Spring camp that he only wanted Alex Cabrera swinging for the fences. So while the team did not score any runs on 10 hits, he felt they were moving in the right direction.
Batting coach Kozo Shoda added that they may hold extra BP session after day games during the season if they felt it might help.