=== 3/22/2010 12:18am JST
...Yoshinobu Takahashi hit another home run on Sunday, giving him three over two days. The two day totals: 5-for-6 with 3 HR, 4 R, 5 RBI.
=== 8:46pm JST
...It seems Tetsuya Utsumi will get the opening day start.
...The Giants hit 8 home runs during Saturday's exhibition game against the Yokohama Bay Stars (all eight off Daisuke Miura).
...The 1949 Kawasaki Giants may have been the last team to hit 8 home runs in one game.
...Yoshinobu Takahashi also hit his first home run in Tokyo Dome since 9/13/2008 (vs Yakult Swallows). Takahashi actually finished the game with two home runs (2-for-3, 2 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI).
And the last time he hit two homers in one game? 4/15/2008 against the Chunichi Dragons at Nagoya Dome.
...During pre-game practice on Saturday , Shun Tono was struck in the left side of the head by a batted ball. Tono was getting some running done on the field during BP. It obviously wasn't a hard blow since he made his scheduled start on Sunday.
...The replay system was used for the first time at Tokyo Dome on Saturday (kind of a test case). Officials wanted to check and see if a drive by Termel Sledge cleared the fence before bouncing back onto the field. The replay shows that the ball did indeed clear the fence before it bounced back.