=== 8:17pm JST
...There's an image of the free item the Swallows will be giving away on Norichika Aoki Day -- it's a big blow-up blue "we're number 1" hand.
=== 1:47pm JST
...Masanori Ishikawa's next start will likely be on the 21st against the Chunichi Dragons at Nagoya Dome. Ishikawa is still looking for his first win and is currently 0-4 in four starts.
...The Swallows will be hosting Norichika Aoki Day at Jingu Stadium on 5/1 (vs Yokohama Bay Stars). As part of the festivities, the first 10,000 fans will receive an Aoki-themed item. And speaking of Aoki, he spent time working on his hitting on his day off on Monday, even getting a few chances to hit with Shigeru Takada on the mound.