=== 11:58pm JST
...The last time the Eagles started the season with three consecutive losses was in 2008.
=== 3:55pm JST
...Masahiro Tanaka threw 37 sliders and 29 fastballs (out of 107 pitches) on Sunday. He also only topped out at 145km/h. Compare that to his first start in 2009: 69 fastballs (out of 124 pitches) while topping out at 152km/h (he threw 14 pitches over 150km/h).
It seems he threw the slider so much because it was the only pitch that was working for him. And that meant batters had time to adjust.
...Takeshi Yamasaki went 0-for-7 (4 SO, DP) over his first two games of the regular season. He picked up his first hit during his first at bat on Monday.