[11/24/2017] Randy Messenger slated get 2018 Opening Day start

Tomoaki Kanemoto told reporters on November 23 that he is planning to give thirty-six-year-old Randy Messenger the opening day start next season. For Messenger, it will be his fifth opening day start and fourth in as many years. He will become the first foreign pitcher in NPB history to record four consecutive opening day starts. The current record of three is held by Joe Stanka (1961-1963) and Messenger.

Opening Dat Starts

Date Opponent Venue Desc IP BF H BB HBP SO ER
2013/03/29 vs Yakult Jingu Stadium W 6.0 25 5 2 1 6 3
2015/03/27 vs Chunichi Kyocera Dome   6.0 25 6 0 1 4 3
2016/03/25 vs Chunichi Kyocera Dome L 6.0 38 10 6 0 5 3
2017/03/31 vs Hiroshima Mazda Stadium W 5.0+ 26 7 3 0 8 2

Added additional comments about consecutive opening day starts on 11/24 at 3:42pm

Source: ZakZak 11/24/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/24/2017, Sponichi 11/24/2017, Sanspo 11/24/2017, Daily Sports 11/24/2017

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