...Wei-Ying Chen is hoping to become the first foreign opening day pitcher on the Dragons' since Genji Kaku in 1992.
...Kazuki Yoshimi will be appearing in a TV commercial (targeted for the Chubu region) for Sky Perfect TV! this season. They already held a recording session on the 5th at the Nagoya Dome indoor training facilities.
...Edward Valdez will be starting Sunday's exhibition game against the Orix Buffaloes at Kyocera Dome Nagoya. Valdez could end up becoming the third pitcher in the rotation, behind Yoshimi and Chen.
...Yusuke Matsui and Orix Buffalo Takahiro Okada were selected to a team full of players from the Osaka / Hyogo region during their third year in high school -- Okada batted 4th and Matsui batted 6th.
Matsui had the day off on Friday but he still spent about 30 minutes working out at Nagoya Stadium. Later in the day, he traveled back to Osaka with Ryoji Nakata and Masato Matsui.