4/24/2010 1:51am JST
...The Hawks collaborated with the animation series Himitsukessha Takanotsume (秘密結社 鷹の爪) to create a commercial on baseball manners (to be played on the big screen at Yahoo Dome). The two will now move forward with various merchandise to be released some time in May.
4/23/2010 3:26pm JST
...It seems Tsuyoshi Wada almost missed his start on Thursday. There were apparently rumors before the game on Thursday that he was feeling stiffness in his back and that Shinsuke Ogura might have to make an emergency spot start. Seems that wasn't the case at all. Said Wada, "There's nothing wrong with me physically. Before the game? My bathroom break lasted a little longer than expected. It just took me a while to clear out."
Wada then went on to have his worst start of the year: 8 runs in 6.2 innings of work.
It should be noted that Nikkan Sports goes into a little more detail about the back stiffness rumors in that he did clutch at his back during pre-game practice and played some catch under the watchful eye of pitching coach Ikuo Takayama. The truth probably lies somewhere in between.
...Koji Akiyama apparently isn't too happy about the relievers from Thursday's game. Said Akiyama, "[Wada] getting hit can't be helped. What I have a problem with are the pitchers that came in after him and couldn't get the job done."
Wada left the game with runners on first and second with 2 out and the Hawks down by 1 run. The first reliever, Yoshiaki Fujioka, walked a runner to load the bases and was yanked. The second reliever, Keisuke Katto, didn't do much better, hitting the first batter he faced to give the Lions a 2 run lead. Katto would retire the next batter to get out of the inning, but the damage was already done. In the 9th, Yasushi Kamiuchi entered the game and added more gas to the fire by allowing three more runs to score.
...Bum-Ho Lee continues to see limited action. He was in the starting line-up for just the 11th time this season (out of 27 games) on Thursday, going 3-for-4 with a home run and 2 RBI.
...Munenori Kawasaki extended his hitting streak to 20 games on Thursday.
...Jose Ortiz was held out of the starting line-up for the second consecutive game due to pain in his left wrist.
...The Hawks announced on Friday that reserved outfield tickets for 8 weekday games in June will be selling for 1,000 yen.
...Softbank will be hosting Visitor Appreciation Day on 5/12 and 5/13 (both games vs Chunichi Dragons). The Hawks will be handing out free pin badges to the first 1,000 fan club members that show up to their road game at Nagoya Dome.