=== 8:39pm JST
Hirabayashi was the home plate ump for an exhibition game on 4/3 (Tampa Bay Rays - Cleveland Indians).
He will now return to umpiring AAA games this season. If he continues to do a good job, it seems he may have a shot at becoming an alternate MLB ump this year.
=== 4/4/2010 12:43am JST
Hirabayashi worked another exhibition game on 4/2 (Cincinnati Reds - Cleveland Indians) as a third base ump. He is scheduled to be a home plate ump during an exhibition game on 4/3.
=== 4/2/2010 13:30pm JST
As scheduled, Takeshi Hirabayashi worked an exhibition game on the 4/1 (Chicago Cubs - Colorado Rockies). He was the third base ump.
Hirabayashi updated his blog (prior to the game) with information on his thoughts on working his first MLB exhibition game.