Senichi Hoshino made his "managerial debut" with the Rakuten Eagles at yesterday's intra-squad game at Kleenex Stadium.
Shoji Ohiro started at first and batted fourth during yesterday's intra-squad game at Kleenex Stadium. In the 6th inning, Ohiro blasted a solo homer to left off Shingo Matsuzaki.
Masafumi Togano gave up a run over 3 innings of work and topped out at 137km/h.
The Rakuten Eagles appear to be interested in potential free agent Mitsutaka Goto (Orix) since they're trying to find ways to upgrade the middle of their infield. And it seems they may have given up on Kazuo Matsui.
The Eagles will apparently end the year 1.2 - 1.3B in the red. While revenue from sponsors and broadcast rights were more or less at the same level as their 2009 season, it seems they took a fairly big hit in ticket sales (down about 300M yen). Merchandising and food sales also didn't see much growth.
Rakuten pulled in about 8.9B yen this year, down about 500M from last season (not inclusive of CS revenue) when they finished about 800M in the red.