=== 11:23pm JST
...So Taguchi is looking forward to playing in his first opening day game in Japan since 2001.
...Chihiro Kaneko kept his workouts light on Friday.
=== 3:42pm JST
...Looks like the Buffaloes are getting a lot of calls to their support lines after the media picked up on the story about them thinking about a name change. At this point, they are neither denying or admitting the rumor, simply saying that this isn't the right time to talk about a name change.
Hirotoshi Kitagawa offered his opinion and said that if a name change is indeed in the works, the team should speak to its players and fans before making any decisions.
...Akinobu Okada was scratching his head at the Eagles' decision to carry only eight pitchers (three starters), even asking reporters what they planned to do if something happened to Hisashi Iwakuma, either right before the game, or right after the game starts.
...The Buffaloes have four starters on the roster: Chihiro Kaneko, Hiroshi Kisanuki, Shogo Yamamoto, and Mamoru Kishida.