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[3/26/2015] 2015 NPB Opening Day Starting Pitchers and Other Info

by on Mar.26, 2015 @ 10:40 pm, under NPB
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Tokyo Dome (18:00)
Ceremonial First Pitch 宇津木 妙子 Utsugi, Taeko JSA VP, ISF VP Asia, WBSC executive
National Anthem 和田 アキ子 Wada, Akiko Singer
Yokohama 久保 康友 Kubo, Yasutomo  
Yomiuri 菅野 智之 Sugano, Tomoyuki  
Kyocera Dome (18:00)
Ceremonial First Pitch 倖田 来未 Kumi, Koda Singer
National Anthem 倖田 来未 Kumi, Koda Singer
Chunichi 山井 大介 Yamai, Daisuke (1/1)  
Hanshin メッセンジャー Messenger, Randy (2/1)  
Mazda Stadium (18:00)
Ceremonial First Pitch 松井 一實
奥田 民生
Kazumi Matsui (pitcher)
Tamio Okuda (catcher)
Hiroshima Mayor
Singer-songwriter
National Anthem 苫田 亜沙子 Tomada, Asako Gekidan Shiki
Yakult 小川 泰弘 Ogawa, Yasuhiro (2/2)  
Hiroshima 前田 健太 Maeda, Kenta (5/2)  
Sapporo Dome (18:15)
Ceremonial First Pitch 吉田 美和 Yoshida, Miwa Dreams Come True
National Anthem 武田 真治 Takeda, Shinji Actor, saxophone player
Rakuten 則本 昂大 Norimoto, Takahiro (3/3)  
Nippon Ham 大谷 翔平 Otani, Shohei (1/1)  
Seibu Prince Dome (18:00)
Ceremonial First Pitch 瀬戸 大也 Seto, Daiya Swimmer
National Anthem 村上 公太 Murakami, Kota Tenor
Orix ディクソン Dickson, Brandon (1/1)  
Seibu 牧田 和久 Makita, Kazuhisa (1/1)  
YafuOku Dome (18:30)
Ceremonial First Pitch 篠田 麻里子 Shinoda, Mariko Former AKB48
National Anthem 山内 惠介 Yamauchi, Keisuke Enka Singer
Lotte 涌井 秀章 Wakui, Hideaki (6/1)  
Softbank 攝津 正 Settsu, Tadashi (4/4)  

Note: Numbers in parentheses indicates total opening day starts and most recent consecutive opening day start streak.

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

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

[3/16/2014] Potential/Set 2014 Opening Day Starters

by on Mar.16, 2014 @ 3:11 pm, under NPB
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Nikkan Sports has posted a list of potential and set opening day starters for the 2014 season.

Pacific League

Orix Buffaloes at Nippon Ham Fighters Sapporo Dome - 18:15
Orix 金子 千尋 Kaneko, Chihiro
Nippon Ham 吉川 光夫 Yoshikawa, Mitsuo
Rakuten Eagles at Seibu Lions Seibu Dome - 18:00
Rakuten 則本 昂大
美馬  学
松井 裕樹
Norimoto, Takahiro
Mima, Manabu
Matsui, Yuki
Seibu 岸孝  之 Kishi, Takayuki
Chiba Lotte Marines at Softbank Hawks YafuOku Dome - 18:30
Lotte 成瀬 善久 Naruse, Yoshihisa
Softbank 摂津  正 Settsu, Tadashi

Central League

Hanshin Tigers at Yomiuri Giants Tokyo Dome - 18:00
Hanshin 能見 篤史 Nomi, Atsushi
Yomiuri 菅野 智之 Sugano, Tomoyuki
Yokohama Bay Stars at Yakult Swallows Jingu - 18:00
Yokohama 三嶋 一輝 Mishima, Kazuki
Yakult 小川 泰弘 Ogawa, Yasuhiro
Hiroshima Carp as Chunichi Dragons Nagoya Dome - 18:00
Hiroshima 前田 健太 Maeda, Kenta
Chunichi 大野 雄大 Ono, Yudai

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/16/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/22/2014

Potential 2013 Opening Day Starters

by on Mar.28, 2013 @ 4:27 pm, under NPB
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Venue/Time Team Starting Pitcher 2012 Season 2012 Vs
Tokyo Dome
18:00
Hiroshima Bullington, Bryan 29 GS, 7-14, 175.2 IP, 3.23 ERA, 1.20 WHIP 4 GS, 1-2, 24.0 IP, 2.63 ERA, 1.04 WHIP
Yomiuri Miyaguni, Ryosuke 16 GS, 6-2, 97.0 IP, 1.86 ERA, 1.07 WHIP 4 GS, 2-0, 28.0 IP, 0.96 ERA, 0.82 WHIP
Nagoya Dome
18:00
Yokohama Fujii, Shugo 16 GS, 7-7, 84.0 IP, 3.75 ERA, 1.43 WHIP 2 GS, 0-2, 9.2 IP, 6.52 ERA, 1.97 WHIP
Chunichi Yoshimi, Kazuki 19 GS, 13-4, 138.2 IP, 1.75 ERA, 0.97 WHIP 1 GS, 1-0, 7.0 IP, 2.57 ERA, 1.14 WHIP
Jingu Stadium
18:00
Hanshin Messenger, Randy 29 GS, 10-11, 196.2 IP, 2.52 ERA, 1.17 WHIP 5 GS, 1-2, 29.0 IP, 2.79 ERA, 1.14 WHIP
Yakult Tateyama, Shohei 24 GS, 12-8, 168.1 IP, 2.25 ERA, 1.10 WHIP 6 GS, 4-0, 43.0 IP, 1.47 ERA, 0.81 WHIP
Seibu Dome
18:00
Nippon Ham Takeda, Masaru 28 GS, 11-7, 182.2 IP, 2.36 ERA, 1.03 WHIP 4 GS, 1-2, 25.1 IP, 3.55 ERA, 1.14 WHIP
Seibu Kishi, Takayuki 26 GS, 11-12, 187.2 IP, 2.45 ERA, 0.96 WHIP 6 GS, 2-4, 40.0 IP, 2.92 ERA, 1.13 WHIP
QVC Marine
18:15
Orix Kaneko, Chihiro 9 GS, 4-3, 63.2 IP, 2.40 ERA, 1.26 WHIP --
Lotte Yoshihisa, Naruse 28 GS, 12-11, 200.2 IP, 2.83 ERA, 1.05 WHIP 4 GS, 2-1, 27.0 IP, 4.67 ERA, 1.07 WHIP
YafuOku Dome
18:30
Rakuten Norimoto, Takahiro Rookie Rookie
Softbank Settsu, Tadashi 27 GS, 17-5, 193.1 IP, 1.91 ERA, 1.04 WHIP 5 GS, 4-0, 39.0 IP, 0.92 ERA, 0.82 WHIP

2012 Opening Day Starters

by on Mar.29, 2012 @ 3:59 pm, under NPB
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The Central League and Pacific League posted starters for Opening Day.

See also: 2012 Opening Day Rosters

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Central League

Hiroshima vs Chunichi @ Nagoya Dome - 18:00
Kenta Maeda (HIR) vs Kazuki Yoshimi (CHU)

Yakult vs Yomiuri @ Tokyo Dome - 18:00
Masanori Ishikawa (YAK) vs Tetsuya Utsumi (YOM)

Yokohama vs Hanshin @ Kyocera Dome Osaka - 18:00
Kentaro Takasaki (YOK) vs Atsushi Nomi (HAN)

Pacific League

Orix vs Softbank @ Yahoo Dome - 18:00
Alfredo Figaro (ORI) vs Tadashi Settsu (SOF)

Seibu vs Nippon Ham @ Sapporo Dome - 18:00
Hideaki Wakui (SEI) vs Yuki Saito (HAM)

Lotte vs Rakuten @ Kleenex Stadium - 18:00
Yoshihisa Naruse (LOT) vs Masahiro Tanaka (RAK)

Potential 2011 Opening Day Starters

by on Apr.06, 2011 @ 3:06 pm, under NPB
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I have compiled a list of potential opening day starters.

Regarding the Chunichi Dragons: names like Maximo Nelson and Kenichi Nakata have been mentioned.  Both pitched yesterday against the Yakult Swallows - Nelson 3 shutout innings on 1 hit; and Nakata 2 runs on 2 hits over 3 innings.

Team Pitcher Opponent Venue Times Last outing
Softbank Hawks Tsuyoshi Wada Orix Buffaloes Kyocera Dome 3 (1) 4/5 (vs HAM): 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R
Seibu Lions Hideaki Wakui Nippon Ham Fighters Sappooro Dome 4 (4) 4/5 (vs LOT): 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R
Chiba Lotte Marines Yoshihisa Naruse Rakuten Eagles QVC Marine Field 2 (2) 4/5 (vs SEI): 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 10 SO
Nippon Ham Fighters Yu Darvish Seibu Lions Sapporo Dome 5 (5) 4/5 (vs SOF): 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 11 SO
Orix Buffaloes Hiroshi Kisanuki Softbank Hawks Kyocera Dome 1 (1) 4/5 (vs RAK): 7 IP, 9 H, 3 R
Rakuten Eagles Hisashi Iwakuma Chiba Lotte Marines QVC Marine Field 7 (5) 4/6 (vs ORI): 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R
Chunichi Dragons * Yokohama Bay Stars Yokohama Stadium
Hanshin Tigers Atsushi Nomi Hiroshima Carp Koshien Stadium 1 (1) 4/3 (vs YOK): 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R
Yomiuri Giants Shun Tono Yakult Swallows Ube Stadium 1 (1) 4/5 (vs HAN): 4 IP, 2 H, 2 R
Yakult Swallows Masanori Ishikawa Yomiuri Giants Ube Stadium 6 (4) 4/5 (vs CHU): 6 IP, 10 H, 4 R
Hiroshima Carp Kenta Maeda Hanshin Tigers Koshien Stadium 2 (2) 4/5 (vs YOK): 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R
Yokohama Bay Stars Shogo Yamamoto Chunichi Dragons Yokohama Stadium 1 (1) 4/5 (vs HIR): 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R

2010 Opening Day Starters

by on Feb.09, 2010 @ 12:13 am, under NPB
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Thought I'd keep an updated list of opening day starters for the 2010 season.

Player Team Announced Times
Tetsuya Utsumi Yomiuri Giants ??? 2 (1)
Kazuki Yoshimi Chunichi Dragons ??? 1 (1)
Masanori Ishikawa Yakult Swallows 3/10/2010 5 (3)
Yuya Ando Hanshin Tigers ??? 3 (3)
Kenta Maeda Hiroshima Carp ??? 1 (1)
Stephen Randolph Yokohama Bay Stars 3/23/2010 1 (1)
Yu Darvish Nippon Ham Fighters 2/6/2010 4 (4)
Hisashi Iwakuma Rakuten Eagles 2/8/2010 6 (4)
Toshiya Sugiuchi Softbank Hawks 2/2/2010 2 (1)
Hideaki Wakui Seibu Lions ??? 3 (3)
Yoshihisa Naruse Chiba Lotte Marines 3/18/2010 1 (1)
Chihiro Kaneko Orix Buffaloes 3/11/2010 2 (1)

Numbers in parentheses indicate consecutive years