Nagisa Arakaki took the mound yesterday for the first time since 5/9/2009 (at least in terms of facing an Ichi-gun opponent). Arakaki next outing will likely be during an Ikusei League game on either the 12th or 13th.
Hideto Asamura has now hit safely in 6 straight exhibition games. He is now 11-for-24 with 2 HR, 6 R, 7 RBI, and 21 TB.
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Sho Nakata has been held hitless over his last two games (0-for-8) and is also hitless in his last 10 trips to the plate (going back to 3/3).
The Buffaloes worked out at Kyocera Dome today for the first time this season. The turf at the dome was replaced during the off-season this year (the last time it was changed was back in 10/2003).
Seung-Yeop Lee and Takahiro Okada both went yard in yesterday's game against the Chunichi Dragons.
Ryo Hijirisawa collected his second multi-hit game in a row yesterday. Hijirisawa struggled early on, going just 3-for-20 in 6 spring games last month. At one point, he even thought he might not be ready for the start of the regular season, but he turned to old footage of his hits from last season and then got some advice from Daisuke Kusano that helped put everything back into order. Kusano's advice: don't let the pitchers dictate the at bat, relax and swing through with ease.