Munenori Kawasaki is set to earn his International FA option tomorrow. When asked about whether or not he would exercise the option, Kawasaki told reporters the only thing on his mind right now was the 2011 season.
According to Nikkan Sports, Yusei Kikuchi wants to accomplish 5 things now that he has turned 20: record his first victory; pitch like an adult; pitch with the Ichi-gun club on 8/31 (vs Rakuten) when they play in Morioka; learn more about what it means to be an adult; don't cry.
Nippon Ham Fighters
Eiichi Koyano will probably return to the clean-up spot today. That means Sho Nakata will be dropped to a lower spot in the batting order.