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Hanshin Tigers: Matt Murton to get a start on 2/13?

by on Feb.08, 2010 @ 8:54 am, under NPB, Spring Camp

=== 11:11pm JST

...Prior to situational fielding practice on Monday, Kenji Johjima worked on his arm by throwing to first from his knees.

...During extra BP after general practice on Monday, Takahiro Arai took 129 swings and hit 2 over the fence.  He worked with batting coach Yutaka Wada to make sure his swing was alright.

...Takashi Toritani took 78 swings during lunch-time BP on Monday and hit 19 over the fence.  Akinobu Mayumi told reporters that he's thinking of using Toritani in the three hole.

=== 1:52pm JST

...Shigeru Sugishita dropped by Tigers' camp on Monday and spent some time talking to Kyuji Fujikawa.  Sugishita gave Fujikawa some pointers on how to throw the fork during Spring camp in 2008, but simply shot the breeze with Fujikawa this time around.

...Akinobu Mayumi told reporters on Sunday that he's excited about the progress Takumi Akiyama and Shunsuke Ishikawa are making at Ni-gun camp.

...Takashi Toritani practiced 8 hours for the second time in as many days on Sunday.  After practice, he spent about 10 minutes signing autographs for about 100 fans that waited for him.

=== 2/8/2010 8:54am JST

...Akinobu Mayumi told reporters that he was thinking about starting Matt Murton in center and batting lead-off during a practice game against the Nippon Ham Fighters on the 13th.

...Takahiro Arai has prepared a 970 gram bat, in addition to the other four he had made for Spring camp - 930, 940, 950, and 960.  Arai is currently in the middle of testing bats in the range of 940 and 950.  He still isn't quite sure which bat he'll end up using yet, but did say that he may opt to carry all 5 bats with him and pick and choose situations to use them in based on how he's feeling.

...Kenji Johjima swung with full power during indoor BP on Sunday (he took 47 swings).  Johjima jokingly told reporters that he did so only because he wanted to give them something to write about.  In reality, he did it in order to see where he was with his hitting.

...Yutaka Wada told Shunsuke Fujikawa that he should watch Tomoaki Kanemoto to learn how he practices / works out.

...Wei-Chu Lin received some hitting advice from former Chunichi Dragon Kazuyoshi Tatsunami on Sunday.  Seems Lin was gripping the bat too tight with his top hand and both Tatsunami and the Dragons' batting coach, Atsushi Kataoka, felt the same way.

Tatsunami has been in the Okinawa area since the 2/1, visiting in 7 training camps in the area.