=== 3/15/2010 1:04am JST
...Kyohei Muranaka started Sunday's game against the Nippon Ham Fighters. It was his first outing since 2/27 (he skipped his last outing due to tightness in his back). His final line: 4 IP, 19 BF, 64 NP, 6 H, 3 SO, 1 BB, 4 R, 4 ER.
=== 5:24pm JST
...Atsushi Fujimoto hit the 15th pitch he saw from Hisashi Iwakuma when he hit his 2-run double in the first inning against the Rakuten Eagles on Saturday. He apparently fouled off 9 pitches (including 6 straight) during the at bat. Fujimoto also helped turn two double plays in the game.
Fujimoto once fouled off 8 consecutive pitches when facing Yakult Swallow Ryo Kawabata back on 7/5/2005.
...Norichika Aoki hit a 2-run homer off Iwakuma in the first inning of Saturday's game against the Rakuten Eagles. Even though the ball was likely helped out by the wind and the small stadium dimensions, Aoki was satisfied with the at bat because he managed to go the other way on the pitch. One of his focuses during pre-season workouts has been going the opposite way.
...Yoshinori Sato started an Ikusei League game against Shonan on Saturday. He went 8 innings and gave up 3 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits. He's trying to make his way onto the opening day rotation.