=== 3/27/2010 3:33am JST
...The Bay Stars established a new franchise record of 7 straight opening day losses on Friday night.
=== 3:13pm JST
...Takao Obana thinks Tomoaki Kanemoto and Kenji Johjima will be key players for the Hanshin Tigers.
...Head coach Makoto Shimada wants the players to show more emotion and said he wouldn't mind if they went into the locker rooms to break something to let off steam during the game. It seems the Bay Stars even installed a punching bag behind the dugout area for players to use.
Shimada also said that Johjima catching isn't reason enough for the Bay Stars shut down their running game.
...Takehiro Ishikawa will likely be the starting shortstop, batting lead-off.
...Kanagawa Shimbun feels that Naoyuki Shimizu, Stephen Randolph, and Hayato Terahara will be good for at least 30 wins.
...Team owner Kiyoshi Wakabayashi told his players that playing hard from the start (and winning) can go a long way towards setting the tone for the rest of the season. The Bay Stars have dropped their last 6 opening day games. Lost one more and they set a new franchise record.