The Pacific League posted their final schedules for the 2014 season today.
Some notes on the schedule:
- Opening day will be on March 28. The match-ups will be Rakuten vs Seibu (6:00pm), Orix vs Nippon Ham (6:15pm), and Lotte vs Softbank (6:30pm). The home teams are the top three teams in the standings from the 2011 season. The last time Nippon Ham and Orix (Hankyu) were matched against each other on opening day was in 1996. The last time Nippon Ham played host was in 1983.
- There will be weekday day games on:
- April 2 and 3: Orix vs Rakuten at Kobo Stadium @ 2:00pm and Seibu vs Lotte at QVC Marine @ 2:00pm
- May 13: Seibu vs Nippon Ham at Hakodate @ 1:00pm
- August 5 and 6: Orix vs Nippon Ham at Obihiro @ 1:00pm
- There will be four teams that play games that start at 5:00pm:
- Seibu at Seibu Dome: July 21, July 26-27, August 16-17, August 30-31
- Lotte at QVC Marine: July 6, August 10, August 24, September 7
- Rakuten at Kobo Stadium: July 27, August 3, August 10, August 17, August 31
- Orix at Kyocera Dome and Hotto Kobe: May 5, September 23
- The schedule for the Climax Series has not yet been determined.
Home Away from Home Games
You can see the complete schedules (in Japanese) 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
- Pacific League posts preliminary 2014 schedule (additional notes can be found here)