=== 3/21/2010 2:13am JST
...Ito Ham organized a private rally for the Yomiuri Giants on Saturday. At the event, Tatsunori Hara told guests that he was having a difficult time figuring out which players to select for the opening day roster.
About 1,000 people attended.
...Shoki Kasahara started the Giants' Ni-gun opening day game on Sunday. He gave up 3 runs on 7 hits over 7 innings of work.
=== 4:17pm JST
...Tetsuya Utsumi apparently has a good shot at being the opening day starter (3/26 vs Yakult Swallows at Tokyo Dome). Both Utsumi and Dicky Gonzalez pitched in Saturday's exhibition game against the Yokohama Bay Stars. Their final lines:
Gonzalez: 3 IP, 9 BF, 34 NP, 0 H, 0 SO, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER
Utsumi: 3 IP, 13 BF, 50 NP, 6 H, 1 SO, 0 BB, 1 R, 1 ER
...The Giants still have two openings left in their bullpen. Tatsunori Hara told reporters that he plans to carry 6 starters and 6 relievers. So far, Marc Kroon, Daisuke Ochi, Norihito Kaneto, and Kyohei Tsuchimoto appear to have spots in the pen.
...Tetsuya Matsumoto will be appearing in a commercial for Nippon Seimi (Nissay). It will be the first time a Giants' player has appeared in a non-sports-themed commercial since Koji Uehara in 2008. Nissay apparently selected Matsumoto because of how he made it through the Giants' organization to find success despite getting his initial start as an Ikusei player.