...It seems tickets for the home opener are still available for purchase 7-11 stores.
...It snowed in Sendai on Thursday (there's a good shot of the park covered with snow at Nikkan Sports). The weather for the home opener as of this posting: sun with clouds in the afternoon, temps in the 5 degrees C range (41 degrees F).
...With Hideaki Wakui scheduled to start on Saturday for the Seibu Lions, Marty Brown told reporters that he might employ hit-and-runs and bunt plays early on in the game.
...Hisashi Iwakuma tossed 49 pitches (including his curve, slider, and fork) in the bullpen on Thursday. Juan Morillo threw 43 pitches.
...Wataru Karashima worked on his mechanics in a bullpen session on Thursday -- he's trying to use his lower body more when he throws.