Doala once failed to turn a regular back-flip during Wednesday's exhibition game against the Nippon Ham Fighters. While he did manage to make the flip today, unlike yesterday when he fell on his head, he could not remain on his feet and used his hands to keep himself from falling.
Jorge Sosa showed up with cornrows on Wednesday.
Sports Hochi figures Orlando Roman may have won the fourth foreigner spot on the roster with his strong outing against the Hanshin Tigers on Tuesday (seven shutout innings).
Wladimir Balentien did go 2-for-3 with two RBI on Wednesday, but it may be a case of too little, too late.
Shinya Miyamoto is twenty-five hits away from 2,000. If/when Miyamoto reaches the milestone, he will become just the second player out of either college or the industrial league to record 2,000 hits (the other is Atsuya Furuta); and with fifty-nine career long balls, will likely have the fewest number of home runs when he reaches the milestone (Hiromasu Arai had eight-six when he recorded his 2,000th hit in 1992).
Shota Dobayashi is trying to make the opening day roster. And while he did manage to hit a double off the left-center outfield wall in Tuesday's exhibition game against the Seibu Lions, he also committed two errors at third: a throwing error in the 1st inning and a fielding error in the 7th inning.