I'll keep this updated throughout the day.
Practice games from today:
Yomiuri Giants vs Hanshin Tigers (Koshien)
The Tigers won the game, 7-1.
Jason Standridge started the game for the Tigers and did not allow a run over 5 innings of work. He also gave up 4 hits.
The Triple K: Tomoyuki Kubota (retired the side in order on 4 pitches), Hiroyuki Kobayashi (struck out two batters in row), and Kyuji Fujikawa (gave up a double, but otherwise did well) combined to toss three shutout innings, beginning in the 7th.
Tetsuya Utsumi started the game for the Giants and gave up 7 runs on 12 hits over 5 innings of work. Seems he allowed all 7 runs to score in the 2nd inning (he gave up 8 straight hits in the inning, including a walk).
Jonathan Albaladejo tossed a shutout inning in relief and topped out at 152km/h.
Matt Murton hit a 2-run double to center in the 2nd inning. Tomoaki Kanemoto collected a hit and both Keiichi Hirano and Takahiro Arai drove in some runs.
Both Toritani Takashi and Arai each collected two hits.
Shunsuke Fujikawa went 4-for-4.
Rusty Ryal hit a homer to left off Shinobu Fukuhara in the 6th inning. He also hit a single to right in his first at bat.
Softbank Hawks vs Hiroshima Carp (Mazda Stadium)
The Hawks won the game, 9-7.
Tsuyoshi Wada started the game for the Hawks and gave up 6 runs on 5 hits over 6 innings of work. He had a particularly rough 3rd inning in which he gave up 4 runs.
Brian Falkenborg gave up a run on a hit over an inning of relief.
Kenta Maeda started the game for Hiroshima and gave up 3 runs on 6 hits over 4 innings of work. 2 of the 3 runs Maeda gave up came on a 2-run homer to left by Hitoshi Tamura in the 2nd inning. He also struggled with his control a little, walking two straight in the 3rd.
Tamura also hit a homer out to left in the 5th off Hirofumi Ueno.
Yuki Iwami entered the game in the 5th for Hiroshima and gave up 4 runs on 3 hits over 0.1 innings of work. Iwami was also called for a balk after giving up a lead-off infield single.
Seiichi Uchikawa collected a hit to right in the 4th inning, stole second after reaching on an E4 in the 5th inning. Uchikawa now has a hit in his last 5 games (that includes exhibition and practice games).
Orix Buffaloes' Intra-squad Game (Kyocera Dome)
Chan Ho Park started the game for Team A gave up 4 runs on 5 hits (including 2 homers) over 6 innings of work. Hayato Terahara started the game for Team B and did not allow a run over 4 innings of work; he did give up 5 hits.
Seibu Lions' Intra-squad Game (Seibu Dome)
Kazuhisa Ishii was one of the starters and he allowed a run over 5 innings of work.
Practice games from yesterday:
Chunichi Dragons vs Hanshin Tigers (Koshien)
The Dragons beat the Tigers, 3-1.
Maximo Nelson tossed 6 shutout innings for the Dragons; he topped out at 153km/h and allowed 6 hits. he also took a line of his right buttock in the 4th (off the bat of Takashi Toritani) but was fine.
Randy Messenger tossed 3 shutout innings in relief for the Tigers. He topped out at 150km/h, gave up 1 hit, and struck out.
Takashi Toritani started and short and batted 3rd. He went 2-for-3: single to right in his at bat in the 1st and an infield single in his at bat in the 4th.
Craig Brazell started at first and batted 6th for the Tigers.
Matt Murton went 0-for-2. He also made a nice sliding catch on a ball hit by Takahiro Saeki in the 3rd inning; he also managed to double up the runner at first.
Kohei Shibata entered the game in the 8th on defense for the Tigers and hit a sac fly to center with runners on first and third and 1 out in the 9th.
Shinjiro Hiyama entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the 5th and hit a single to right with a runner on first and 2 out.
Tomoaki Kanemoto lined out to second in his first at bat and struck out in his second at bat. He also spent about 30 minutes taking extra BP in the cages after his two at bats.
Softbank Hawks vs Hiroshima Carp (Mazda)
Tadashi Settsu started the game for the Hawks and did not allow a run over 5 innings, but did give up 6 hits.
Seiichi Uchikawa batted third and hit an RBI double in his second at bat in the 4th.