=== 8:20pm JST
...Masaru Takeda's exhibition game outings:
3/14 vs Yakult Swallows: 4.2 IP, 23 BF, 96 NP, 8 H, 3 SO, 2 BB, 3 R, 3 ER
3/9 vs Hanshin Tigers: 2 IP, 8 BF, 26 NP, 2 H, 2 SO, 0 BB, 1 R, 1 ER
2/28 vs Yakult Swallows: 5 IP, 23 BF, 72 NP, 7 H, 4 SO, 0 BB, 1 HBP, 4 R, 4 ER
During his outing on Sunday, Takeda surrendered three consecutive hits in the third inning that led to a run. In the 5th, he surrendered 4 consecutive hits and was charged with two earned runs that inning.
...Makoto Kaneko continues to hit well out of the bottom of the lineup. On Sunday he collected a hit in his 6th consecutive game -- a solo home run in his first at bat in the 3rd inning.
...Sho Nakata collected his first hit in 14 plate appearances.
...Dai-Kang Yang (Yoh) joined the Ichi-gun roster on Sunday.
=== 3:53pm JST
...The Fighters announced on Sunday that 2nd round draft pick Yutaka Ohtsuka will have surgery on his left elbow on Monday. It appears he needs the surgery to address a medial collateral ligament injury in his elbow. Ohtsuka will likely be out for at least a year.
=== 2:51pm JST
...While Sho Nakata did struggle with the bat on Saturday, he did record an assist in the third when he threw out Tomoya Satozaki at home plate.
...Masao Kida (41 years, 6 months, 1 day) and Satoshi Nakajima (40 years, 11 months, and 14 days) appeared in the same game on Saturday. The two could set a new record for oldest battery mates this season. The Hanshin Tigers' Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi (41 years and 3 months) and Akihiro Yano (40 years, 8 months, 10 days) set a new record last year on 8/13 against the Yomiuri Giants and could also lift the bar higher this year. Incidentally, the dates in the parentheses are how old the players were on the day they pitched.