This post will be updated with information as it becomes available so keep checking back if you have any interest in Yuki Saito, Tatsuya Oishi, and / or Hirokazu Sawamura.
===== 3/3 @ 8:40pm
Saito exchanged greetings with Yakult Swallows' pitching coach Daisuke Araki after pre-game practice today. Like Saito, Araki is also a graduate of Waseda University.
===== 3/3 @ 1:59pm
Saito was originally scheduled to enter the game in the 6th last night, but ended up getting into the game in the 5th because Masao Kida had a problem with a fingernail (thumb). And of the 24 pitches he threw, 7 were sliders.
Yoshio Itoi also made a nice leaping grab on a ball that was hit by the first batter Saito faced (Kazuhiro Hatakeyama).
Yesterday morning, Saito selected his intro song: Yuki 100% (勇気１００％, or Courage 100%).
Saito's next appearance will be in an exhibition game against the Yomiuri Giants on the 6th.
11 of the 27 pitches Oishi threw last night were off-speed pitches. He told reporters after the game that he couldn't get into a good groove (seems he's been having a little trouble with his delivery lately) and that his pitches didn't have quite as much life on them.
Oishi's next outing will probably be in an Ikusei League game on the 8th against the Rakuten Eagles. The Lions will also try to stretch him out a little longer than 2 innings.
Of the 54 pitches Sawamura threw last night, he only missed the catcher's mark by a wide margin on 10 of them. He threw nothing but fastballs during Hiroyuki Nakajima's first at bat (6 pitches, strikeout looking) in the first and didn't allow anyone to reach base (11 straight outs) until Nakajima hit a single off him during his second at bat in the 4th.
Sawamura will likely pitch again on the 8th against the Softbank Hawks.