Nikkan Sports figures the following starting rotation for the first two series of the regular season:
vs Hiroshima at Nagoya Dome (March 30-April 1): Kazuki Yoshimi, Kenshin Kawakami, Masahiro Yamamoto
vs Yokohama at Yokohama (April 3-April 5): Kenichi Nakata, Yudai Kawai, Soma Yamauchi
Doala successfully turned a back-flip (no twist) after the 7th inning of Thursday's exhibition game against the Yokohama Bay Stars.
Wednesday's Ni-gun game against Hanshin at Nagoya Stadium (Hanshin 7 - Chunichi 1): Takashi Ogasawara started the game and allowed four runs on eight hits over five innings of work. [Daily Sports]
Yamamoto has not allowed a run in any of his four exhibition game outings: 11 IP, 6 H, 1 BB, 8 SO.