...Junki Ito did nothing to help assuage any fears the coaches might have regarding his ability to start. His pitching line from Tuesday's game against the Nippon Ham Fighters:1 IP, 6 BF, 21 NP, 2 H, 0 SO, 1 BB, 2 R, 2 ER.
His pitching line from his first start during exhibition play against the Yomiuri Giants on 3/16: 6 IP, 21 BF, 79 NP, 2 H, 5 SO, 1 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.
...Prior to Tuesday's game, Tony Blanco was 4-for-30 with 15 strike outs (!) -- one of his low games was on the 14th against the Seibu Lions when he went 0-for-5 with 4 SO. To that end, Blanco spent about an hour and a half working on his swing on Monday -- two BP sessions of 30 minutes and 1 hour.
On Tuesday, Blanco went 0-for-1 with 2 walks.
...Ryoji Nakata officially graduated from Asia University on Monday.