=== 3/31/2010 5:00am JST
...Casey Fossum started a Ni-gun game against Chunichi on Tuesday. He tossed 5 shutout innings and gave up 4 hits and 3 walks / HBPs while throwing 60 pitches. Fossum told reporters that he felt some calls could have gone either way and that despite the results, he did manage to keep his pitches down. His goal for his next outing will be 100 pitches.
=== 4:14pm JST
...Tatsuya Kojima could make a start against the Hiroshima Carp on 4/1.
...Tomoyuki Kubota told reporters on Monday that he'll be ready to pitch when the team needs him during the next two series (vs Hiroshima and Chunichi). Kubota has already pitched in each of the first three games of the season.
Kubota has apparently been throwing the change a lot and has yet to really throw his fork or slider (seems like he's saving the pitches for when he's in a jam).
...According to a someone with the club, Tomoaki Kanemoto is not having any problems with his knees, but is having some problems with his right shoulder. Seems he first started feeling some discomfort in his shoulder during exhibition play. That could help explain some of his hitting problems. But batting coach Yutaka Wada doesn't think it's just one thing that's hampering Kanemoto right now, but rather a number of things all jumbled together.
...Kenichi Tagami's new contract is worth 5M yen.
...The Hanshin Tigers TV ratings are showing slightly mixed results. Their opening day game came in at 18.6%, down from 19.5% in 2009. A closer look at the numbers reveals a bit more -- there were slight increases in the female viewing audience.
Women (20-34 years old): +0.5%
Women (35-49 years old): +1.6%
Men (20-34 years old): +2.1%
Men (35-49 years old): -2.4%
Men (50+ years old) -1.7%
TV ratings for the third game of their home opener was 13.7%. ABC TV carried the broadcast. Programs shown during the same time frame in the previous three years: 9.9%, 13.0%, 10.3%.
Incidentally, all of this information was presented in a Nikkan Sports article that essentially pointed to Kenji Johjima as the reason for the increase in female viewership.