=== 3/25/2010 1:03am JST
...An interview with Akinobu Mayumi that took place on Thursday has been posted at the Hanshin Tigers website.
...Kenji Johjima took 46 swings during BP on Thursday and hit 12 over the fence.
=== 4:24pm JST
...The Tigers will be carrying just one rookie on their opening day roster: Shunsuke Fujikawa.
...The Tigers are carrying seven relievers (including Kyuji Fujikawa) on their opening day roster. Seems like a lot considering they're only carrying eleven pitchers in all. But then they do have a one more spot open on the active roster and they can easily add another start or two when they're ready to join the Ichi-gun roster.
...Casey Fossum was not one of the pitchers on the opening day roster. He'll begin the year at Ni-gun. He told reporters on Wednesday that he had nothing new to say and that he would continue to do his best.
...Ryo Asai started in left and batted fourth in a Ni-gun game against Orix on Wednesday and went 0-for-2. The game ended up being called after three innings due to the weather. Assuming Matt Murton plays well, Asai will likely end up being his "back-up" player.
...And speaking of Murton, he also a played in the same game (started in center and batted lead-off) and went 0-for-1 with a walk in his two trips to the plate.
...Yasutomo Kubo started the Ni-gun game on Wednesday and tossed 2 scoreless innings and gave up 4 hits. He also struck out 4. Kubo's outing was cut short due to the rain (he was supposed to go 3 innings) so he tossed another 50 pitches in the bullpen for a total 100 for the entire day. He will likely pitch in the Hiroshima series that begins on 3/30.
...It seems the Tigers are planning on adding Ikusei player Kenichi Tagami to the regular roster at some point within the next few days. The Tigers see Tagami as a potential defensive specialist early on.
...Kenji Johjima took 78 swings during BP on Wednesday at Kyocera Dome and hit 22 over the fence, including four into the 5th deck in left.
...Takahiro Arai and Tomoaki Kanemoto also took BP on Wednesday. Based on what I can gather, the two combined for about 90 swings with about half of them going over the fence.
...The pitchers and catchers held an hour-long meeting on Wednesday to discuss pitching strategies for their upcoming games.
...There's a good chance Yuya Ando will be the opening day starter for the Tigers this year. On Wednesday, after the meeting for pitchers and catchers, Ando spent some time playing catch and running dashes.
...It seems Keiji Uezono's first regular season start will likely come against the Hiroshima Carp on the 31st.
...The Tigers don't want to rush Minoru Iwata back from elbow surgery and are also preparing for the worst: that he'll be out the entire season. He is still set to begin his rehab on the 26th.
...The Tigers posted details for their opening day ceremonies: there will be an opening act, followed by ET-KING singing the anthem, flower presentations, and Maki Tamura throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.