Today's EL Game vs Nippon Ham (Lotte 8 - Nippon Ham 1): 1st round draft pick Takahiro Fujioka started the game and gave up one run (solo homer) on three hits over five innings of work. He also struck out nine and topped out at 144km/h. [Nikkan Sports]
1st round draft pick Takahiro Fujioka will likely start one more exhibition game on March 25 (vs Nippon Ham at QVC Marine) before the regular season. His first regular season start could come on six days of rest on April 1 against the Rakuten Eagles. Since the starting rotation is scheduled to pitch on six days of rest, that means Fujioka's QVC Marine regular season debut could come on April 8 (vs Nippon Ham).