Nippon Ham Fighters
Masataka Nashida, Atsunori Inaba, and Yoshio Itoi promised to donate money to the Akaihane Community Chest before today's exhibition game against the Yomiuri Giants: Nashida - 1,000 yen for every victory; Inaba, Itoi, Kensuke Tanaka, and Eichi Koyano - 1,00 yen for every hit.
Akinobu Okada starting experiencing lower back pains on the 4th and has been using a fungo bat to help him get around in the dugout. Okada has been getting treatment (acupuncture) for the pain and told reporters today that it was getting better.
Takeshi Fujii (Nagasaki prefecture lieutenant governor) and Tomihisa Taue (Nagasaki mayor) visited Senichi Hoshino before yesterday's exhibition game against the Seibu Lions and presented the manager with coffee cups, neckties, and castella (items Nagaski is known for).
Hisashi Iwakuma threw his curve 4 times during his outing yesterday and said, "I just gave it a try and I think it's a pitch I can use. It'll be an interesting pitch, especially if it moves as much as it did. I had a fun during my outing today."
Coming into today: Kazuo Matsui was 5-for-8 in 4 exhibition games (and 2-for-5 from the left side).