Orlando Roman started today's exhibition game against the Hanshin Tigers and tossed seven shutout innings while giving up three hits. Wladimir Balentien went 1-for-3 (infield single) with a strikeout.
Junji Ogawa is having a hard time deciding on who his everyday players are and told reporters on Monday that he would like their feedback to help him decide.
Nikkan Sports notes that there are still question marks surrounding center field, right field, and short.
Shinya Miyamoto has been struggling at the plate: he does not have a hit in twelve trips to the plate (span of seven practice/exhibition games). He also did not travel with the team on their two-game road-trip against Hiroshima and instead spent time working out at the Toda training facilities. He did play in today's exhibition game against the Hanshin Tigers and went 1-for-3 with an RBI.
And Musashi Koyama Shotengai PALM is planning to hold a ceremony for Miyamoto when he records his 2,000th career hit (needs twenty-five).
Sponichi mentions that the Swallows will likely start Masanori Ishikawa, Shohei Tateyama, and Tatsuyoshi Masubuchi during their season opener (March 30 - April 1 vs Yomiuri). Yoshinori Sato will likely start the home opener on April 3 (vs Hanshin).