This post will be updated throughout the day.
Today's practice game against the Hanshin Tigers:
The game ended in a 2-2 tie.
Masao Kida needed just 8 pitches to retire the side in order.
Sho Nakata hit a solo homer out to right-center off Kai-Wen Cheng in the 4th inning. He also collected an RBI infield single in the 8th with runners on second and third with 2 out. Nakata finished the day 3-for-4 with 2 RBI.
===== 2/17 @ 1:25am
Parent company, Nippon Ham, announced today that they will be working together with Hokkaido to help re-vitalize the region.
===== 2/16 @ 11:40pm
Shinji Takahashi was supposed to play in today's game, but was held out of the starting line-up with discomfort in his lower back. It doesn't appear to be serious and Takahashi is expected to play in the team's intra-squad game on the 19th.
Takahashi is essentially considered day-to-day for the time being.
===== 2/16 @ 7:56pm
Yu Darvish also threw a knuckle-curve during his 89-pitch bullpen session yesterday. He also worked on his motion to the plate with runners on base (he was timed at around 1 second).
Darvish is currently to start and pitch 1 inning in an intra-squad game on the 19th.
Eiichi Koyano managed to increase his weight from 85-86kg to around 91kg during the off-season.