Teams in the Western League usually play 104 games a season. It was announced on Wednesday that the schedule will be expanded to 132 games this season. They will be scheduled between late-March and late-September. Games that are canceled will not be made up. Some Western League teams could end up playing closer to 140 games if they also schedule Inter-league games with the Eastern League.
The Western League includes five teams: Softbank, Hiroshima, Hanshin, Orix, and Chunichi.