This post will be updated throughout the day.
Today's intra-squad game:
Shingo Kawabata started at short and batted 7th for the reds and collected 3 hits: a double in the 2nd, a triple in the 3rd, and a single to center in the 5th.
Hiroyasu Tanaka started at second and batted 2nd for the whites. Tanaka hit a 2-run homer off Mikinori Kato to left-center in the 3rd inning.
Ryo Hirai started for the reds and and tossed 2 shutout inning while giving up a hit and 2 walks.
Kato had a rough outing for the reds and gave up 7 runs (5 earned) over 3 innings of work (6 hits, 2 strikeouts, 3 walks).
Yuki Shichijo (2nd round) threw 30 pitches in the bullpen today (including off-speed pitches). Shichijo is scheduled to make an appearance in relief during tomorrow's practice game against the Hanshin Tigers.
Katsuya Nomura watched yesterday's intra-squad practice game. He also told reporters that the Swallows could be the dark horse this season and that a lot would depend on how well Junji Ogawa managed the team.
Nomura - "When I visited Chunichi, [Hiromitsu] Ochiai told me he hated Yakult. They have the starting pitching. Yakult is a dark horse. The rest depends on how [Junji] Ogawa manages the team."
Nomura has now visited the Dragons, Bay Stars, and the Swallows.
Shohei Tateyama threw 186 pitches in the bullpen yesterday. Seems he also took a couple of pauses in between.