A few notes from various reports (this post will be updated as need throughout the day):
- 6 scouts from 4 NPB and MLB teams were at yesterday's game between Team Japan and Yokohama Shoka University.
- Manager Motonori Watanabe told Nikkan Sports he still isn't sure who to bat 3 and 5, but is sure about batting Shuhei Takahashi fourth. He's also been quoted by Daily Sports as saying that he was happy with Takahashi fourth and Toshitake Yokoo fifth, with the rest just falling into place as needed.
- Hiroaki Saiuchi on his shaky outing yesterday: "It's been a while since I struggled with my control so much, it felt a little strange. I think I'll be relied on as a closer, so I want to make sure I'm ready [in time for the tournament]."