...Dicky Gonzalez is scheduled to pitch against the Yokohama Bay Stars on the 20th. Gonzalez did some running and played some catch Thursday.
...Tetsuya Yamaguchi must be feeling a little pressure. How else could you explain his 200-pitch bullpen session on Friday. He told reporters his theme while pitching was learning how to pitch even though you're tired (and rely mostly on the lower body).
...Hayato Sakamoto's home run on Thursday was his third in five games.
...Taishi Ohta collected two hits in an Ikusei League game against Lotte on Thursday. One of those hits was also a solo home run off Yuta Ohimine in the fourth. It seems likely that he'll start the year at Ni-gun.
...Nikkan Sports claims the Giants rotation so far consists of Dicky Gonzalez, Tetsuya Utsumi, Shun Tono, and Shugo Fujii. And even though Yamaguchi has been shaky, he'll also probably be a part of the rotation. Kentaro Nishimura, Yuya Kubo, and Satoshi Fukuda are all candidates for the final spot. Sports Hochi appears to think that Nishimura has already won the job.