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Yakult Swallows: March 23, 2010

by on Mar.23, 2010 @ 4:16 pm, under NPB, Spring Camp

=== 3/24/2010 12:20am JST

...The Swallows announced an event called 2010 Spring Day Game on Tuesday.  The first 2,000 fans that show up to games against the Yokohama Bay Stars on 4/4 and 4/4  wearing something that looks like Spring will be treated to some sake (soup for those that can't drink sake).  Winners of a raffle to be held after the game will also get a chance to step on the field and interact with the players.  For more information, check out the official Swallows' website.

...Norichika Aoki will be making an appearance on Nippon TV's News Zero on Thursday.

...Premium fan club members (15 groups of two) could have a chance to watch the Swallows' pre-game practice from the dugout on 4/3 and 4/4.

=== 3/23/2010 4:16pm JST

...Norichika Aoki showed off his new cleats designed by Hitoshi Mimura (三村仁司).  Aoki feels the new cleats will allow him win the stolen base crown in the CL this year.  He has already had a chance to test them out during exhibition play.

Aoki wore cleats by ASICS last season and switched over to Adidas this year.

...Takahiro Araki could make the starting line-up on opening day due to lefty-righty match-ups.  The Yomiuri Giants will be throwing Tetsuya Utsumi on opening day and the Swallows may decide to go with Araki.

If Araki does make the starting line-up, it'll be the first time a rookie has done so since 1970 when Kuniaki Nakamura got the opening day start (third base batting 7th).