=== 3/19/2010 12:59am JST
...Junki Ito's exhibition game outings:
3/18 vs Yomiuri Giants - 5 IP, 18 BF, 67 NP, 1 H, 5 SO, 2 BB, 0 R, 0 ER
3/16 vs Nippon Ham Fighters - 1 IP, 6 BF, 21 NP, 2 H, 0 SO, 1 BB, 2 R, 2 ER
3/3 vs Yomiuri Giants - 6 IP, 21 BF, 79 NP, 2 H, 5 SO, 1 BB, 0 R, 0 ER
=== 10:03pm JST
...Daisuke Yamai could end up becoming the number four pitcher in the starting rotation, behind Kazuki Yoshimi, Wei-Ying Chen, and Takashi Ogasawara. If Yamai makes the opening day starting rotation, it would be the first time since 2005.
...Masahiro Araki stumbled while running the bases in the third inning of a game against the Yomiuri Giants on Thursday. Not wanting to take any changes, the Dragons pulled him for a pinch-runner. Araki told reporters that he was feeling fine and that the substitution wasn't his call.
...Masahiko Morino laid down a bunt in the first inning against the Yokohama Bay Stars on Wednesday. There was a runner on first with one out at the time. Morino apparently wanted a chance at practicing a bunt in a game situation in case there's a situation where he needs to lay one down during the season. Morino had 1 sac hit all last season.