This post will be updated throughout the day.
Today's practice game against the Yokohama Bay Stars:
The Swallows beat the Bay Stars, 3-1.
Kazuhiro Hatakeyama started at third and batted 5th. He hit two doubles and collected 3 RBI.
===== 2/19 @ 10:22pm
Kazuki Fukuchi tweaked his left calf while running the bases during today's practice game and was later diagnosed with a minor calf strain. He will require at least 2 weeks for a full recovery.
===== 2/19 @ 4:54pm
Special temporary batting coach Tsutomu Wakamatsu's approach to hitting: while using the balls of your feet as a reference point, you move into the swing with your adductor muscles, knees, and your hips / waist. Wakamatsu also feels that the lower body is the basis for a strong foundation in everything you do in baseball, like fielding, throwing, and running. And it seems, from his experience, a lot of the younger players aren't paying enough care and attention to developing their lower bodies properly.