Today's Kyoiku League game against Hanshin: Kazuyuki Hoashi started the game and gave up one run on five hits over five innings of work. [Nikkan Sports]
Nagisa Arakaki's next start will come against the Hiroshima Carp at Yahoo Dome on March 24. His first regular season start will likely come on six days rest: March 31 against the Orix Buffaloes at Yahoo Dome.
Sponichi notes that the Hawks will most likely carry six relievers. Brian Falkenborg, Masahiko Morifuku, and Takehito Kanazawa will probably fill three of those spots. Other pitchers like Hideki Okajima, Shingo Tatsumi, and Yasushi Kamiuchi will be competing for the remaining three spots.