Sunday's Ni-gun game against Softbank at Naruohama: Hiroyuki Kobayashi started the game and gave up two runs on six hits over six innings of work. He also struck out six. The two runs allowed both scored in the first inning when he gave up three straight hits, which also include two doubles. [Sanspo] ... Shunsuke started in center and batted second. He went 1-for-2 with a sac bunt. [Sanspo]
Yasutomo Kubo was originally scheduled to start a game against the Yakult Swallows during the second series of the season (April 3 - 5). But he just recently returned from a bout with the flu and might not be ready for the start. If that happens, Kobayashi could slide in.