Shota Ishimine spent about an hour hitting around 300 baseballs (against a pitching machine) on his day off on Monday.
The Marines played Asia University earlier today and beat them 5-1.
The Chiba Lotte Marines announced today that actress Masami Nagasawa will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on April 6 (vs Nippon Ham). And gravure idol Risa Yoshiki is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch on April 7.
Sony Car Insurance will be sponsoring the relief pitchers at QVC Marine this season -- Sony Car Insurance ads will appear on both the bullpen car and on the scoreboard/ribbon vision when relievers enter the game; and fans will be introduced to Sony Car Insurance's free smartphone application, Trouble Navigator.