...It seems Daisuke Miura is getting demoted so that he can spend more time working out kinks in his delivery -- Miura and Takao Obana apparently talked it over and agreed that this was the best more for him. This comes on the heels of him giving up 8 home runs to the Yomiuri Giants during an exhibition game on the 20th. He also hit a snag with some shoulder tightness during Spring camp that slowed down his progress.
The opening day start will either go to Stephen Randolph or Naoyuki Shimizu.
...The Bay Stars opening day rotation could include Randolph, Shimizu, Hayato Terahara, and Yuji Yoshimi.
With Miura starting the season at Ni-gun, I wonder where this leaves Shun Yamaguchi. Does he still return to the pen as the closer? Or do they give him another shot at starting?
In either case, it seems like Hiroki Sanada and Shigeki Ushida are potential candidates for the setup role.
...The Yokohama Bay Stars will be handing out fans to the first 10,000 people that arrive at the ballpark on each of the three days during the opening series against the Yomiuri Giants (3/30-4/1). You can grab more info about where to pick up the fans once you get to the park and a few more details about opening day at the official Bay Stars' website (in Japanese).
...The Bay Stars have teamed up with 7-Eleven to give fans a chance to win tickets to Bay Stars' games with food purchases at any of the 7-Eleven stores in the Kanagawa area. Every 700yen spent on food will earn you one chance at winning a free ticket (21,600 pairs of tickets). Check the official Bay Stars' site for more information.
...Seems Terrmel Sledge has started up something called the Family Pair Seat. All you need to be is a Bay Stars' fan in order to be eligible for the drawing. For more info, check out the official site.