Kazuhiro Wada wants to expand his hitting zone. To help him with that, he's been pushing himself during his training in Takeo, Saga (like running the 3.5km distance between the hotel and the training grounds, running 30 meter dashes after practice, and throwing balls to batters for about an hour. And according to Sponichi, Wada also wants to improve his batting average with runners on base.
Hirokazu Ibata, Kenichi Nakata, and Takuya Asao left for their training in Guam today.
Wei-Ying Chen and his wife held a wedding ceremony on Wednesday in Taiwan. Teammates like Masahiro Yamamoto and Hirokazu Ibata, and team president Junnosuke Nishikawa attended the reception.
Kenta Maeda threw the ball around about 70 times during his game of catch with Yuki Saito at Mazda Stadium yesterday. Maeda will begin to increase his pace on the 15th, when he's in Okinawa.
Eishin Soyogi left for training in Okinawa today. Saito, Takahiro Iwamoto, Hirofumi Ueno, and Naoki Nakahigashi will also be heading to Okinawa.
Yokohama Bay Stars
Shunichi Murata worked out for about 4 hours in Amamioshima today (running, fielding, BP), along with Yoshitomo Tsutsugo.
Nippon Ham Fighters
The Fighters penciled in Yu Darvish as their opening day starter during a staff meeting on Wednesday. If Darvish does indeed get the opening day start, he'll become the first player in club history to get the opening day start 5 years in a row.
After seeing the fans cheering for Yuki Saito (1st round) yesterday, Kenji Tsuchiya told reporters that this would also be his year and that no matter what happened, he needed to win at least one game at the Ichi-gun level. This will be Tsuchiya's third year since turning pro.
Seiichi Uchikawa listed three things he wanted to accomplish with the Softbank Hawks: become just the second player in NPB history to win a batting title in both leagues (Shinichi Eto is the other, with CHU in 1964 and 1965 and with LOT in 1971); surpass Matt Murton's NPB record 214 hits; and do what he can to make sure he ends up in the history books.