Other rookie starters (via Sponichi):
Daisuke Matsuzaka (2/28/1999) - Exhibition start against the Hanshin Tigers. 2 IP, 2 H, 3 SO, 1 BB, 1 R.
Hideaki Wakui (2/27/2005) - Exhibition game against the Softbank Hawks. Tossed two scoreless inning in relief and notched his first "pro" save. Topped out at 150km/h.
Yu Darvish (5/5/2005) - Ni-gun game against Invoice (Seibu). Tossed two innings in relief and gave up 2 runs. Topped out at 147km/h.
Masahiro Tanaka (2/26/2007) - Practice game start against the Chiba Lotte Marines. 2 IP, 2 H, 4 SO, 0 R. First exhibition game was on 3/2 against the Softbank Hawks when he tossed a scoreless inning in relief.