...Masahiro Tanaka spent about 40 minutes taking BP on Thursday. Takana's apparently visualizing the way Cuban hitters bat: "I'm visualizing Cuba hitters. They don't take a stride so they don't lose balance and can swing the bat at the shortest possible distance." He added, "I can help myself with my bat. I'll work on buntying as well."
Tanaka is 1-for-14 over his career.
...Sanspo is carrying an interview with the Eagles' Ni-gun manager, Toru Nishimura. Among some of the things covered in the interview: how the Eagles expect their players at Ni-gun to work on fielding first; how Nishimura is working on trying to find the team's next number 4 hitter; and how in Japan, being sent to Ni-gun isn't quite the same as being sent to the minors in the Majors.