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[3/24/2015] NPB 2015 Opening Day Starters

by on Mar.24, 2015 @ 3:08 pm, under NPB

Below are potential opening day starters and rotations that have been mentioned in the media. The Central League opening day starters should be set, since they were announced by managers during the Fan Meeting on Monday. I will keep this updated with new information as it becomes available.

Pacific League

Team Pitcher
Softbank Settsu, Tadashi; Nakata, Kenichi; Standridge, Jason; Otonari, Kenji; Takeda, Shota; Higashihama, Nao
  Sponichi 3/20/2015, Nikkan Sports 3/24/2015
Orix Kaneko, Chihiro; Dickson, Brandon; Yamasaki, Sachiya; Bullington, Bryan; Nishi, Yuki; Matsuba, Takahiro; Tomei, Daiki
  Sports Hochi 3/20/2015
Nippon Ham Otani, Shohei; Takeda, Masaru; Urano, Hiroshi; Mendoza, Luis; Yoshikawa, Mitsuo; Saito, Yuki
  Nikkan Sports 3/23/2015
Lotte Wakui, Hideaki; Chen, Kuan-Yu; Rhee, Dae-Eun; Ishikawa, Ayumu; Fujioka, Takahiro; Karakawa, Yuki
  Sports Hochi 3/23/2015, Daily Sports 3/23/2015
Seibu Kishi, Takayuki; Makita, Kazuhisa; Nogami, Ryoma; Kuo, Chun-Lin; Togame, Ken; LeBlanc, Wade; and Okamoto, Yosuke
  Nikkan Sports 3/23/2015
Rakuten Norimoto, Takahiro; Shiomi, Takahiro; Yokoyama, Takaaki; Mima, Manabu; Tomura, Kenji; Irino, Takahiro ... Kenny Ray could get the start on March 28. Takahiro Shiomi will most likely start the home opener on March 31.
  Sports Hochi 3/18/2015, Sanspo 3/25/2015

Central League

Team Pitcher
Yomiuri Sugano, Tomoyuki; Poreda, Aaron; Takagi, Hayato; Sugiuchi, Toshiya; Otake, Kan; Mikolas, Miles
  Sponichi 3/19/2015
Hanshin Messenger, Randy; Iwata, Minoru; Fujinami, Shintaro; Nomi, Atsushi; Iwamoto, Akira; Iwazaki, Suguru
  Sports Hochi 3/20/2015
Hiroshima Maeda, Kenta; Johnson, Kris; Kuroda, Hiroki ... Yusuke Nomura could get the start on April 1 against Yokohama at Yokohama.
  Sanspo 3/22/2015, Daily Sports 3/26/2015
Chunichi Yamai, Daisuke; Valdes, Raul; Asakura, Kenta; Ono, Yudai; Yagi, Tomoya; Kawai, Yudai
  Nikkan Sports 3/21/2015
Yokohama Kubo, Yasutomo; Yamaguchi, Shun; Mishima, Kazuki; Ino, Shoichi; Moscoso, Guillermo; Takasaki, Kentaro
  Sports Hochi 3/18/2015
Yakult Ogawa, Yasuhiro

Bold: Confirmed opening day starters during Central League Fan Meeting on March 23. Source: Daily Sports 3/23/2015, Nikkan Sports 3/23/2015 ... Pacific League opening day starters confirmed on March 26 via announcements.