Today's Ni-gun game against NTT Nishi Nippon: Matt Murton started in right and batted third. He went 2-for-2 with an RBI: single to right in the 1st inning, RBI single to left in the 3rd inning, walk in the 5th inning (replaced by pinch-runner). [Daily Sports, Nikkan Sports] ... Shinta Hifumi entered the game as a defensive replacement at first in the 6th inning. He collected an infield single in the 7th inning. [Nikkan Sports]
Yutaka Wada also told reporters today that Matt Murton is expected to join the Ichi-gun team for workouts on Monday.
The Tigers decided today that they will send 1st round draft pick Hayata Ito to Ni-gun after starting the season out 0-for-5 with three strikeouts:
March 30: 0-for-2: strikeout swinging, strikeout swinging
April 1: 0-for-3: strikeout looking, fly out to center, fouls out to third, walk
Craig Brazell participated in pre-game practices at Kyocera Dome today after leaving Saturday's game early because he was not feeling well. And while Brazell was not in the starting line-up, he did make it in as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the 9th (strikeout swinging).
Yamoto decided to revert his intro back to the theme song for Senkan Yamato.