...Rookie Kenji Tomura will apparently have a chance to start an Ichi-gun game against the Chiba Lotte Marines on the 21st. Tomura joined the Ichi-gun team for practice on Monday and held a bullpen session.
His Ni-gun numbers so far this year:
...Takeshi Yamasaki worked on his hitting during day off on Monday. He told reporters that he was working on making his he was able to get all his weight on his back foot and making sure that his upper and lower body were properly in sync. After practice, Yamasaki spent about 30 minutes talk to Marty Brown about the mental aspects of hitting.
...The Eagles will be selling 90 new items (covering nine different players including Hisashi Iwakuma and Masahiro Tanaka) in their official store beginning on the 19th. The new items will be released under a project called The Kingdom of Rakuten Eagles' Animals (楽天イーグルス動物王国).