...Marty Brown doesn't agree with the predictions various analysts gave his team on Friday. He even told reporters that a 5th place, or worse, finish was impossible and that he would get down on his hands and knees and apologize if that's where the team finished at the end of the season (Sponichi has a slightly different quote that has Brown kissing everyone's butts).
"We have three strong starters in Iwakuma, Tanaka, Nagai and we have strong position players as well. Even if I were looking from the outside in, I'd think this team was capable of winning," said Brown.
The Hiroshima Carp were apparently 3-0-1 in opening day games with Brown at the helm.
...Hisashi Iwakuma told reporters on Friday that in order to beat the Buffaloes, pitchers have to be aware of the possibility of the long ball and be mindful of the first two batters in the line-up, with regards to their speed.
...The Eagles worked out at Kyocera Dome on Friday.