Alex Ramirez arrived at Narita Airport today.
"I have spent a lot of time working out at the gym. My arms are much bigger than they were last year," said Ramirez.
He continued, "This is one of my goals. I would like to try and record my 2,000th hit on my birthday on October 3."
Ramirez has also prepared a first baseman's mitt.
Kiyoshi Nakahata worked out in Yokosuka, Kanagawa today. He also spent about 20 minutes climbing up a small mountain at Tsukayama Park (133 meters) near the Ni-gun training facilities.
Daisuke Miura does not want players to lose out to Nakahata's popularity.