Hiroyasu Tanaka and Tsuyoshi Ueda will likely start things off at the top of the line-up.
A win today will give Masanori Ishikawa his fourth opening day victory of his career, tops in franchise history.
Matt Murton is scheduled to join the Ni-gun team today.
Sanspo mentions that the Tigers decided to go with Tatsuya Kojima over Yasutomo Kubo on April 4.
Yuya Ando will make his first regular season start on April 5 against the Yault Swallows at Jingu.
Kohei Shibata will likely start in center and bat second; Hayata Ito will likely start in right and bat eighth.
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Kiyoshi Nakahata visited Noboru Aota's grave on Thursday morning to pay respects to his mentor/former coach.
Alex Ramirez will be used only as a pinch-hitter for at least the first three games of the season.