The “Shohei Otani Experience” shifts ever so slightly towards its second phase on Thursday, when the celebrated rookie is scheduled to make his pitching debut for the Kamagaya Fighters, the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters’ ni-gun squad.

“This is my first start,” Otani said Thursday at Tokyo Dome. “I’ll be ready for anything.”

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