...Nobuhiko Matsunaka went 1-for-4 during a Ni-gun practice game against the Nagasaki Saints of the Island League on Tuesday. He was the starting DH and batted lead-off.
...Shota Ohba may have punched himself a ticket to Ni-gun after a sub-par outing against the Nippon Ham Fighters on Monday. His final line from the game: 2.2 IP, 16 BF, 65 NP, 7 H, 2 SO, 1 BB, 5 R, 5 ER.
...Hiroki Kokubo collected RBIs in his first three games to start the season.
...Hayato Doue played in his first pro game on Monday. He entered the game on defense in the 7th and did not have a chance to bat. Doue blamed himself for the two runs that scored in the 8th.
...Yuya Hasegawa recorded his first hit on the season on Monday (it was during his 12th trip to the plate).
...The Hawks allowed 16 runs to score on Monday. The last time they gave up so many runs was during an exhibition game against Orix on 7/19/2002. During that game, they gave up a total 17 runs. And that was back when they were still called the Daiei Hawks.
...The Hawks are pairing up a pink uniform, along with a match wristband, and an S seat ticket for a game on 5/9 (vs Seibu Lions). The ticket pack will cost 5,500 yen and will be available for sale between 3/24 - 5/8. For more info, check out the official site. Incidentally, there are two versions of this pack. Information for the other version can be found here. The difference, as far as I can tell, have to do with seat options. The second option costs 6,000 yen but will allow you to go ahead and pick your seats at the time of purchase. The first option only reserves a ticket for you.
...The Hawks are holding a drawing for the following items:
10 autographed uniforms
255 pairs of tickets to Hawks' games
2 group tickets (8 people per group) to Supper Box seats
Ceremonial first pitch (2 dates, 1 person each) and flower presenter (2 dates, 2 people each)
8 Ticket holders
8 Seat cushions
...Benesse and the Hawks will be giving away free tickets and other merchandise to 250 lucky children. Interested parties to get more information on how to enter into the drawing at the official team site.