Six professional baseball openers were played.
▽ Hanshin vs Orix was won by Hanshin 7-0.
For Hanshin, Oyama hit a three-run home run for the second consecutive game, and Teruaki Sato also hit a solo home run.
Orix starting pitcher Fukuya Yamazaki gave up four runs in the middle of the fifth inning.
▽ Japan Ham vs Yakult, Yakult won 2-5.
Yakult also showed good defense with Uchiyama hitting a solo home run.
Peters, a rookie starter, pitched well, allowing one run in five innings.
Japan Ham had two hits by Shimizu and showed his presence in defence.
▽ In SoftBank vs. Hiroshima, SoftBank won 4-2.
SoftBank pitcher Fujii allowed three hits and no runs in five innings with seven strikeouts.
Kurihara hit two bases and continued his good form.
Hiroshima was lackluster with pitcher Tokoda giving up five runs in three innings.
Seibu vs. DeNA was won by Seibu 1-5.
Seibu played in the WBC = World Baseball Classic and Yamakawa hit a solo home run in his first appearance in the opener.
Ens, who is one of the starting pitchers, held the team scoreless through five scoreless innings.
DeNA lacked tenacity as Gazellman pitchers gave up five runs in the middle of the sixth inning.
The Giants vs. Rakuten were won by the Giants, 1-2.
The Giants had WBC Japan representative Takuzo Oshiro in the starting lineup and making his first appearance in the opening match, and he hit a timely hit.
Rakuten didn't allow a runner until the fourth inning when pitcher Takinaka allowed two hits and two runs in five innings.
▽ In the Chunichi vs. Lotte match, the main pitchers of both teams pitched well and Chunichi won 8-2.
Yanagi Chunichi was in steady control and allowed no runs on three hits and no foreballs in six innings.
Lotte pitcher Taneichi allowed six hits but kept the key points in the key spots and allowed just one run in five innings, while rookie Tomosugi, the No. 5 draft pick, pitched three hits.