...Akinobu Okada is starting to get a clearer picture of what he wants to do with, and what he expects of, his pitching staff. First, he's hoping Chihiro Kaneko will pitch well enough to keep his job in the starting rotation the entire year. Second, he wants to carry 7 relievers in the bullpen. And third, he selected Jon Leicester to be his closer.
...Okada's advice to players prior to the Eagles game: Be aggressive!