...Yusei Kikuchi's next start could come around the 30th when the Lions start a 3-game series against the Yakult Swallows. He and Toshihiro Iwao will likely into the 7th, with Kikuchi likely going about 3-4 innings.
...Hideaki Wakui's theme for 2010 is to give up fewer gopher balls.
...Kimiyasu Kudo could pitch a bullpen session within a week's time.
...The Lions announced on Wednesday that they started a new section called Cross Talk (where players will talk about one another with each other) at their official mobile phone site. The first entry will feature the following two players: Takuya Hara and Hideto Asamura.