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Yomiuri Giants: March 26, 2010

by on Mar.26, 2010 @ 5:57 pm, under NPB

=== 3/27/2010 3:32am JST

...As scheduled, Keiichiro Nagashima threw out the ceremonial first pitch on Friday.  He apparently also threw about 30 practice pitches beforehand.

=== 5:57pm JST

...Yoshinobu Takahashi will likely start at first and bat 8th on opening day.  Takahashi told reporters on Thursday that he wanted to repay everyone that has supported him up until now by playing well.

...Takahiro Suzuki was the first to arrive at Tokyo Dome on Friday (11:12am).

...Nippon Seimei officially announced on Thursday that Tetsuya Matsumoto will be appearing in one of their TV commercials.  The commercial, about 30 seconds in length, is set to air on the 27th.

...Hideki Matsui holds the club record for being the younger player to hit an opening day home run (19 years and 9 months).  Hayato Sakamoto has a chance to be the second youngest Giant at 21 years 3 months if he goes yard on opening day.

Sakamoto also goes hopes to break his streak of two consecutive opening day games with no hits.

...Tetsuya Utsumi goes for his second opening day victory.  If he gets it, he'll be the first lefty in franchise history with two opening day wins.  Utsumi will likely face a Yakult Swallows line-up that has 6 right-handed hitters.