The Pacific League posted their preliminary schedule for the 2013 season today.
Some notes on the schedule:
- Nippon Ham @ Rakuten will be played at Shogin & Nissin Stadium Yamagata on August 20. It will be the first PL game in Yamagata since 4/26/2005 (Orix @ Rakuten).
- The top three teams from the 2010 season will play their games at home on opening day. Opening day: Rakuten @ Softbank; Nippon Ham @ Seibu; and Orix @ Lotte.
- One team will play 144 games
- Against PL teams: 60 home games and 60 road games. 24 games against each team.
- Against CL teams: 12 home games and 12 road games. 4 games against 6 CL teams.
- Home away from home games: Nippon Ham 15 (+1), Rakuten 5 (-1), Seibu 3 (-2), Lotte 0 (0), Orix 15 (9), Softbank 5 (0) - a total 43 games (-2). Numbers in parentheses indicates change from 2012 season.
- Climax Series Schedule
- Not yet set
You can see the new schedules (in Japanese, without start times or complete venue information) at the official NPB site. Here are the direct links to each month.
And for the those that need it, here is the legend for what each of the letters stand for:
- F = Nippon Ham Fighters
- L = Seibu Lions
- H = Softbank Hawks
- E = Rakuten Eagles
- M = Chiba Lotte Marines
- Bs = Orix Buffaloes