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by on Mar.16, 2010 @ 10:10 pm, under NPB, Spring Camp

=== 11:50pm JST

...The Swallows held an event for its fan club members on Tuesday.  Shigeru Takada, Masanori Ishikawa, Shohei Tateyama, Yoshinori, Ryoji Aikawa, Hiroyasu Tanaka, Atsushi Fujimoto, Norichika AokiKazuki  Fukuchi, and Iihara Yasushi made appearances at the event (raffles, taking pictures with players, and a Q&A session with players).

=== 10:10pm JST

...Ryo Kawashima will be starting Wednesday's game against the Hanshin Tigers.

...Tony Barnette started Tuesday's game against the Orix Buffaloes and turned in better numbers than his first out.

First outing vs Chiba Lotte Marines on 3/10: 5 IP, 26 BF, 99 NP, 7 H, 2 SO, 2 BB, HBP, 6  R, 5 ER

Second outing vs Orix Buffaloes on 3/17: 7 IP, 28 BF, 110 NP, 7 H, 3 SO, 2 BB, R, ER

This was likely Bartnette's last outing prior to the start of the regular season.  He'll now spend most of his time working in the bullpen in game-like situations (like having a batter stand in the batter's box).

...Kenichi Matsuoka joined the Ichi-gun roster on Tuesday.  Matsuoka has working his way back from having his right elbow cleaned out in November 2009.  He has already made two appearances during Ikusei League games and even managed to hit 144km/h+ on the radar gun on the 13th against Shonan.  Matsuoka is hoping he'll be ready for the start of the season.

Last season it was the trio of Matsuoka, Ryota Igarashi, and Chang-Yong Lim.  This year it will likely be the trio of Takehiko Oshimoto, Matsuoka, and Lim.

...The Swallows official twitter account: swallowspr.  It seems they will also broadcast some games via Ustream.  Here's their official account page.