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Hanshin Tigers: Yuya Ando working on a change

by on Feb.06, 2010 @ 4:19 pm, under NPB, Spring Camp

=== 2/7/2010 12:04am JST

...Matt Murton and Craig Brazell threw autographed balls into the stands on Saturday.  After that, they took BP: Murton hit 19 out and Brazell hit 20 out.

=== 10:20pm JST

...Tomoaki Kanemoto took 45 swings during BP and hit 6 over the fence on Saturday.  Prior to his BP session, he worked on his base running and his fielding.

...Kenji Johjima held a bullpen session after catching Kyuji Fujikawa and Ryo Watanabe on Saturday.  He told reporters he need to throw in order to keep his arm at full strength.  Johjima also took 52 swings during BP.

...Kazuhito Futagami and Masanori Fujihara both faced two different batters and threw about 50 pitches during BP on Saturday.

=== 2/6/2010 4:19pm JST

...The Tigers will slowly start to ramp up training beginning the second session.  Practice will involve more drills that are geared towards simulating real baseball situations, like relay plays and reading signs.  The team will also get the veterans involved (those that have been training on their own schedules).

...The path connecting Kochi Stadium, the bullpen, and the secondary field will be closed off to fans.  A stadium employee said that the decision to close off the path was made because they expect a large number of fans to attend and don't want anyone getting hurt.

...Yoshiyuki Okabe (cyclist racer) and Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi have made a bet: if Shimoyanagi wins 14 or more games, Okabe will give him a racing bicycle; if Okaba wins 28 or more games, Shimoyangi will give Okabe's kids some baseball equipment.

The two have been placing bets similar to this since 2006.  Last year it was 30 wins for Okabe and 15 wins for Shimoyanagi, totals neither player met.

...Yuya Ando will be working on a change beginning the second session of Spring camp.  Up until now, Ando had been relying on a slider, shuto, and fork.  Ando did pick up a two-seamer last season, but doesn't really consider that a new pitch since it's very similar to the shuto.