The Central League posted their preliminary schedule for the 2014 season today.
Some notes on the schedule:
- One team will play 144 games
- Against CL teams: 60 home games and 60 road games. 24 games against each team.
- Against PL teams: 12 home games and 12 road games. 4 games against 6 PL teams.
- There will be 360 Central League games and 144 Inter-league games.
- Opening Day
- will feature 3 games on 3/28 - Hanshin @ Yomiuri, Hiroshima @ Chunichi, Yokohama @ Yakult
- Home teams will be the teams that finished in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in 2012: Yomiuri, Chunichi, Yakult
- Games that have yet to be scheduled (six series, seven games)
- Yokohama vs Yomiuri (2), Yomiuri vs Yakult, Yokohama vs Yakult, Yomiuri vs Yokohama, Yokohama vs Chunichi, Hanshin vs Hiroshima. Announcement will be made in August 2014.
- 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:
- G = Yomiuri Giants
- D = Chunichi Dragons
- S = Yakult Swallows
- C = Hiroshima Carp
- T = Hanshin Tigers
- DB = Yokohama Bay Stars