=== 11:57pm JST
...The Buffaloes announced on Thursday that actress Yumi Sugimoto will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch on opening day. As mentioned before, this ties in nicely with their sponsorship deal with Avance Law Offices.
=== 3:09pm JST
...It seems the Buffaloes are thinking about a name change for next season. And up until 2008, they actually had two homes: Kobe and Osaka (remnants from the Orix Blue Waves and Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes merger). It seems next season, they'll want to start placing more emphasis on the fact that they're a team from Osaka.
Possible names apparently include: Osaka B's and Osaka Orix.