Yusei Kikuchi threw fifty-two pitches in the bullpen today. He is scheduled to make his first regular season start on the 30th against Nippon Ham.
Source: Nikkan Sports 3/26/2013
Tatsuya Oishi will likely start out as the team closer this season. Dennis Sarfate was an option, but the Lions are still a little concerned about his consistency.
Source: Sanspo 3/26/2013
Takeya Nakamura may not make it back to Ichi-gun until the second-half of the season. He was originally estimated to return some time in May (at least during the first-half of the season), but the team might decide to err on the side of caution because he had a ligament replaced in his left knee last October.
Nakamura played catch at a distance of about thirty meters on the 23rd. There is still no timetable on when he will begin taking batting practice.
Source: Sponichi 3/26/2013
The Lions will be offering free Wi-Fi access at Seibu Dome this year (Lions Wi-Fi). Team, game, and stadium information will also be made available through the Wi-Fi access site.