The Softbank Hawks played a practice game against the Yomiuri Giants on Saturday and lost, 4-2.
Nagisa Arakaki started the game and pitched 2 innings -- he faced 6 batters and struck out 4. Arakaki told reporters that his outing went better than expected and that he was able to throw his slider for strikes. Arakaki also topped out at 147km/h and was apparently pitching from the three-quarter arm slot.
Hideaki Takahashi faced three batters in the 5th and retired the side in order. Takahashi pitched out of the set position.
Yasushi Kamiuchi retired the final three batters of the game in a row -- strike out and two ground outs.
Tomoaki Egawa picked up a hit in the 5th off Levi Romero and proceeded to steal second. He also collected another hit in the 7th.
Yusuke Kosai batted 5th and also collected two hits -- one off Hideki Sunaga in the 7th and another off Namaguchi in the 9th.
Munenori Kawasaki started running on Saturday. Kawasaki had stitches removed from his right elbow on Friday and said that he felt no pain while running. If Kawasaki doesn't hit any setbacks in his recovery, he could begin playing catch before the end of the month.
As mentioned yesterday, Hitoshi Tamura will likely exercise his international FA option. An unnamed source close to the situation apparently told the press on Saturday that Tamura will file his papers on Monday. Nikkan Sports notes that the Hawks likely offered Tamura a 1-year deal with a base salary of around 80M yen (and including a lot of award bonuses).