Today's Ikusei League game against Yomiuri:
Tatsuya Oishi (1st round) started the game and allowed a run (unearned) on 5 hits over 5 innings of work (3 SO, 1 BB, 1 balk). The run he surrendered scored on a sac fly in the first inning. Oishi also topped out at 138km/h and three base-runners stole bases on him.
Kazuhisa Makita (2nd round) tossed 2 shutout innings while giving up 2 hits. He also threw a curve in the 90km/h range; a sinker in the 100km/h; a slider in the 110km/h; and a fastball in the 120km/h range.
Nippon Ham Fighters
Shinya Tsuruoka was the starting catcher and batted 2nd during an Ikusei League game yesterday. Tsuruoka threw out his back and has been working his way back into playing shape and yesterday's game was his first this spring. He also got a painkiller shot on the 4th.
Aarom Baldiris did not play in today's game against the Rakuten Eagles due to a left ankle sprain he suffered during yesterday's game against Lotte (as a precaution). And Shunta Goto (1st round) missed his second straight game because of a cold.
Hirotoshi Kitagawa took BP at Kyocera Dome for the first time after fracturing his left fibula. He later told reporters that he didn't feel any pain while swinging the bat and was still quite a bit away from swinging the bat the way he wanted to.
The Buffaloes held a press conference at Kyocera Dome to announce their working agreement with Setsunan University. A press release (in Japanese) is also available.