=== 4/20/2010 3:07am JST
...Tomokazu Ohka's Ni-gun start on the 20th was canceled on account of the game being called due to rain. He will now start on the 21st. Ohka will likely go about 5 innings with a pitch count somewhere in between 70 and 80 pitches.
=== 4/20/2010 2:40pm JST
...Pitching coach Hiroki Nomura is clamoring for his starters to throw more complete games. Over the team's first 20 games, Naoyuki Shimizu's 8 innings in one game leads all starters. Nikkan Sports breaks down the numbers even more: over 20 games, the Bay Stars have used 83 pitchers in all, for an average 4.15 pitchers a game, more than the 3.85 they averaged last year. Relievers Shigeki Ushida and Shun Yamaguchi have already reached double-digit game appearances (12 and 10 respectively).
...Tomokazu Ohka could be promoted to Ichi-gun at some point beginning on 4/27 when the Bay Stars play nine straight (Hiroshima Carp at Mazda Stadium, Yakult Swallows at Jingu Stadium, and Hiroshima Carp at Yokohama Stadium). For now, he'll be starting a Ni-gun game against Lotte on the 20th.