...Shohei Tateyama did some running on Monday in preparation for his start on Tuesday against the Hanshin Tigers. Tateyama went 4-2 with a 2.72 ERA against the Tigers last season.
...It appears Masato Nakazawa suggested that he and his former Toyota teammates Takashi Ogino and Tomohisa Otani (both playing for Lotte), wager a little bet for who amongst them will have the best rookie season (Nikkan Sports dubbed the event, the Toyota Cup). Under the suggested wager, all three players would put a set amount of money into a pot. The money would then be used to purchase the prize that the winner would get at the end of the season.
...Yoshinori Sato was signed by Mizuno on Monday to be a spokesperson for their new line of baseball products under the label Global Elite. Mizuno is currently working on a commercial, to be released next Spring, that they would like Yoshinori to appear in.