It seems the Rakuten Eagles will be playing an intra-squad game at Kleenex Stadium on the 11th and 12th (6 inning games, pitchers will have 2 inning limits). When Senichi Hoshino first took over as manager of the team, he told reporters that he didn't plan on holding any games during the early goings because he need to get to know his players better. But it now seems Hoshino wants to hold an intra-squad game in order to get a better read on which players will be ready for the 2011 season.
Masafumi Togano, Kenji Tomura, Kazuya Takahori, and Ryohei Isaka are all pitchers Hoshino apparently has his eye on.
In terms of hitting, the Eagles have their eye on players like Taishi Nakagawa and Shoji Ohiro are pushing three key points: be aggressive, don't swing at balls, and don't be afraid of swinging and missing.
On Monday, Hoshino visited prefectural governor Yoshihiro Murai. Murai spoke of how difficult it must be to practice in the cold weather and that he's been approached a number of times with regards to building a domed stadium. Hoshino supported the idea of the dome and suggested that Murai consider instituting a tax to help pay for the construction.