=== 11:31pm JST
...Sponichi projects Tae-Gyun Kim to bat clean-up on opening day with Takashi Ogino started in center and batting second.
=== 3:26pm JST
...The Chiba Lotte Marines will begin the season with Yoshihisa Naruse, Shunsuke Watanabe, and Yuki Karakawa. Norifumi Nishimura told reporters that without Hiroyuki Kobayashi in the bullpen, the ideal would be for the three starters to toss complete games.
...The Ohmine brothers played together on the same team for the first time in their lives during an Ikusei League game against the Yomiuri Giants on Thursday. Older brother Yuta tossed 4 innings and gave up 11 runs on 9 hits while younger brother Shota started at short and batted ninth and went 0-for-2.