Tag Archive: Opening Day Starters

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[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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2017 NPB Opening Day Starters

Team Name JPN Name ENG Sources
Chunichi 大野 雄大 Ono, Yudai Tokyo Sports 3/18/2017
Yomiuri マイコラス Mikolas, Miles Nikkan Sports 3/27/2017
(road opener) 菅野 智之 Sugano, Tomoyuki Nikkan Sports 3/27/2017
Yokohama 石田 健大 Ishida, Kenta Sponichi 1/9/2017
(home opener) 今永 昇太 Imanaga, Shota Nikkan Sports 3/18/2017
Yakult 石川 雅規 Ishikawa, Masanori Sponichi 3/17/2017
Hanshin* メッセンジャー Messenger, Randy Nikkan Sports 3/25/2017
Hiroshima ジョンソン Johnson, Kris Daily Sports 3/18/2017
Seibu 菊池 雄星 Kikuchi, Yusei Nikkan Sports 2/9/2017
Nippon Ham 有原 航平 Arihara, Kohei Sanspo 3/16/2017
Rakuten 美馬 学 Mima, Manabu Daily Sports 3/27/2017
(home opener) 則本 昂大 Norimoto, Takahiro Daily Sports 3/25/2017
Orix 金子 千尋 Kaneko, Chihiro Nikkan Sports 2/15/2017
Lotte 涌井 秀章 Wakui, Hideaki Sponichi 2/13/2017
Softbank 和田 毅 Wada, Tsuyoshi Nikkan Sports 2/23/2017

* Kanemoto formally told the media found out on March 24. He spoke to Messenger about the start on the last day of spring camp.

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[1/9/2017] Kenta Ishida to get Yokohama’s Opening Day Start

Alex Ramirez told reporters earlier today that he planned to give this year’s opening day start (March 31 against Yakult at Jingu Stadium) to twenty-three-year-old Kenta Ishida. Ramirez selected Ishida because of his solid performance last year and because sees him as the staff ace with the ability to record ten to fifteen wins.

Ishida started twenty-five games last year and went 9-4 with a 3.12 ERA and 1.07 WHIP. And he went 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA in three starts against the Swallows.

Source: Sponichi 1/9/2017, Daily Sports 1/9/2017, Daily Sports 1/9/2017, Nikkan Sports 1/9/2017

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hiroshima 143 88 51 4
Hanshin 143 78 61 4
Yokohama 143 73 65 5
Yomiuri 143 72 68 3
Chunichi 143 59 79 5
Yakult 143 45 96 2
G W L T
Softbank 143 94 49 0
Seibu 143 79 61 3
Rakuten 143 77 63 3
Orix 143 63 79 1
Nippon Ham 143 60 83 0
Lotte 143 54 87 2
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