Nippon Ham Fighters
Kensuke Tanaka unveiled his uniform with the letter 'C' on the left chest on Thursday. This is the first time the letter has appeared on the captain's uniform in franchise history.
Hiroyuki Nakajima did not take batting practice for the third straight day on Thursday. When asked why, he told reporters he had nothing to say about it.
Alfredo Figaro is the first foreign pitcher in franchise history to get an opening day start since Dae-Seong Gu in 2004.
The Eagles added Ikusei players Hayato Kawaguchi (26) and Jim Heuser (27) to the seventy-man roster on Thursday. Kawaguchi was assigned the number 98, Heuser the number 53.