1st round draft pick Shuhei Takahashi is the first first-year player to make the opening day roster since Kazuyoshi Tatsunami in 1988.
During fielding practice at Nagoya Dome, Masahiro Araki spent some time working on a behind-the-back toss to second.
The Chunichi Dragons announced on Wednesday that the Japan Ground Self Defense Force's 10th Band will perform the national anthem on opening day. Actress Emi Takei is also slated to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Takuya Asao will continue to donate 10,000 yen to the Asao Hold Charity for every Hold he records this season. The money will be put toward relief efforts in northern Japan. Asao will also continue to donate a portion of revenue from sales of his 2012 ColanColan fita Asao Model necklace.