Toshiya Sugiuchi, Tsuyoshi Wada, Tadashi Settsu, Dennis Houlton, and Hiroki Yamada have more or less secured spots in the starting rotation. And it appears the Hawks may be thinking about going with a 7-man rotation. A lot will depend on how well the remaining starting candidates do, like Shinsuke Ogura, Sho Iwasaki, and Nagisa Arakaki.
The Hawks announced that they will be running a baseball school for young children (between 4/11/2010 and 3/2011).
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Yu Darvish threw 37 pitches in the bullpen today.
Even though Hirotoshi Kitagawa still isn't able to run (making his way back from a fracture in his left fibula), but the coaches are hoping he'll be good enough to make the opening day roster. And in an attempt to speed up his rehab, it seems they'll keep him with the Ichi-gun roster, where he's bound to "feel more motivated" and where he'll be able to make use of better facilities (like Kyocera Dome). At this point, they'll be happy if he can get into games as a pinch-hitter or DH.
Tsuyoshi Kawagishi current focus: improving his curve, particularly the slow curve (around 110km/h).
Senichi Hoshino told reporters yesterday that since Kazuo Matsui was an infielder, there was always a chance he could also play second. In fact, he played second during today's exhibition game.
It seems he also told his younger pitchers to learn how to throw the shuto or two-seamer. Or at the very least, a pitch that has some movement.