=== 3/18/2010 3:29am JST
...Seems the Hawks are estimating that it'll take Nobuhiko Matsunaka about 7-10 days. On Wednesday, Matsunaka spent time working on his hitting at Yahoo Dome. And he'll likely continue to work out at Yahoo Dome as the Hawks play the Nippon Ham Fighters.
=== 4:59pm JST
...About 20 Hawks' personnel (including Koji Akiyama and Sadaharu Oh) visited the Hawks Shrine near Yahoo Dome on Wednesday to pray for successful season.
...It will be the first time Nobuhiko Matsunaka starts the year at Ni-gun since his rookie year in 1997. Matsunaka went 2-for-18 with 2 walks in 7 exhibition games.
...Pitching coach Ikuo Takayama told reporters that Shota Ohba could be used as both a starter and a reliever. And it seems Nishinippon thinks Ohba will likely be on the opening day roster.
...Munenori Kawasaki gave a mini-speech after Tuesday's practice game against the Island League. He promised fans four things in the speech: health / excitement, courage / spirit, stress / anxiety, and emotional moments.
...The SBM trio all pitched in the same game for the first time this year on Tuesday: Tadashi Settsu in the 7th, Brian Falkenborg in the 8th, and Takahiro Mahara in the 9th. The three each tossed 1 scoreless (and hitless) innings. Settsu also struck out two.
...D.J. Houlton tossed 5 shutout innings while scattering just 2 hits during his start on Tuesday against the Island League.
...The Hawks will be running eight commercials, limited to the Fukuoka area, beginning on opening day (3/20). The commercials will be aiming to informing the general public of how the Hawks played in 2009. Like how the Hawks did not lose a game in which both Kawasaki and Yuichi Honda both stole bases; or how Toshiya Sugiuchi won every game where he surrendered 2 or more home runs.