Hiroyasu Tanaka is planning on adding a new bat to his collection this season -- one that's the same weight (900 grams) and same length (33.5 inches), but with a center of gravity that's closer to the bat head.
"I want to take advantage of the weight of the bat," said Tanaka. "We'll be using a new ball, so I asked for a bat that's easier to swing. I want to be prepared to bat in any place in the line-up."
Masanori Ishikawa, Yasushi Iihara, and Koki Watanabe worked out at Jingu today (running, playing catch, fielding practice). Ishikawa told reporters that he hoped to set a new career high in wins this year (he set a career high of 13 wins in 2009 and matched it last season).