=== 10:51pm JST
...A DVD chronicling Hiroyuki Nakajima's progress from childhood to the present day (Japanese title: 中島裕之 進化する若獅子 背番号３) will hit store shelves on 4/16. He will become the first Seibu player to get his own DVD published.
...More on Yusei Kikuchi's BP session: of the 97 pitches he threw, 23 were balls; he threw 35 pitches from the set position; and he also held a bullpen session afterward and threw an addition 103 pitches.
And according to advice Kikuchi received from Kimiyasu Kudo, the best way to get your body to memorize something is to repeat the motion at least 3000 times. To that end, Kikuchi threw 300 "shadow pitches" in his dorm room before going to bed the previous day -- he's hoping to hit 3000 in 10 days.
...The Lions turned a triple play in the 8th inning against the Chiba Lotte Marines on Friday. With runners on first and second and no out, third baseman Hiroshi Hirao made a nice grab of a ball down the third base line that almost got through. From there he stepped on third and then threw to second. Takuya Hara kept the play going by throwing the ball over to first.
Hirao hit into a triple play last year on 4/23 against the Orix Buffaloes.
=== 5:06pm JST
...The Seibu Lions will be lifting their ban on jet balloons this season, beginning on the 13th during an exhibition game against the Chunichi Dragons at Seibu Dome.
...Kazuhisa Ishii told reporters after his outing on Thursday that he'd like to try and win as many games as Takayuki Kishi this season.
...Yusei Kikuchi apparently plans on reverting his pitching delivery back to what he used while in high school. Kikuchi sat down with Ni-gun pitching coach Kazuyoshi Ono and watched footage of Kikuchi pitching last year in high school and Kikuchi pitching against the Yomiuri Giants on the 9th. They're collective conclusion? His high school form was better (specifically, how much he cocks his arm).
For some reason, I can't help but think that this could have easily been avoided, that is, the change-over to a new form to be begin with.
On Thursday, Kikuchi threw a 176 pitches in a bullpen session on Thursday, establishing a new pro career high. He also met long-distance runner Naoko Takahashi (currently working as a sports reporters for TBS' The News), most likely for an interview.
On Friday, Kikuchi tossed 97 pitches to Ryo Sakata, Shogo Sato, and Masaru Misawa during BP and gave up 9 could-be hits.
Kikuchi's next outing will be against the Yakult Swallows in an Ikusei League game on the 17th.