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Hanshin Tigers: Kubota throws 353 pitches (!) in two days

by on Feb.13, 2010 @ 7:15 am, under NPB, Spring Camp

=== 2/14/2010 12:48am JST

...Kazuhito Futagami threw 28 pitches during his 2 inning stint against the Nippon Ham Fighters.

=== 7:08pm JST

...Notes from Saturday's practice game against the Nippon Ham Fighters:

Kazuhito Futagami started and threw 2 shutout innings (he faced 7 batters).  He retired the side in order in the first.  In the second, he started things off by striking out Eiichi Koyano.  And before ending the inning, surrendered a 2-out single to Takahiro Imanami.

Matt Murton went 0-for-3: struck out looking in his first at bat, grounded out to short in his second at bat, and flied out to right in his final at bat in the 5th.

Wei-Chu Lin started at first and batted 5th; he picked up 3 hits (including a double) and 3 RBI.

=== 2/13/2010 7:15am JST

...In preparation for a 2-inning stint during Saturday's practice game against the Nippon Ham Fighters, Naohisa Sugiyama held a bullpen session on Friday.

...In addition to Kazuhito Futagami and Sugiyama, Masanori Fujihara will also likely pitch on Saturday.  Speaking of Futagami, Akinobu Mayumi is thinking of using him for 2 innings.

...Satoru Kanemura will likely be the third pitcher used on Saturday.  He threw a 29-pitch bullpen session on Friday.

...Randy Messenger will likely be the second pitcher used on Saturday.  He's penciled in for an inning of work.

...Takashi Toritani closed out his practice on Friday with some weight training.  He's hoping he'll have a chance to check on a number of things during Saturday's practice game.

...Shunsuke Fujikawa will likely play on Saturday.  It looks like he could be in left, since Matt Murton will be starting in center and batting lead-off.  Murton took 80 swings during lunch BP on Friday and managed to hit 26 over the fence.  Giants' scout Shigeru Sugiyama told reporters that the Lions' offense could be pretty scary at Tokyo Dome and that he could seem the Tigers recording 200 home runs.

...Craig Brazell hit 23 out during lunch BP on Friday.

...Four of the six home runs Kenji Johjima hit during BP on Friday went to left field.  The other two went to right.

Johjim also told reporters that he won't argue with umpires because he doesn't want to put himself at any sort of disadvantage.  On Friday, he caught Atsushi Noumi, Keiji Uezono, and Ikketsu Sho with an umpire standing behind him to call balls and strikes.

...Yasutomo Kubo held a bullpen session on Friday and threw 236 (!) pitches.  Tomoyuki Kubota, pitching alongside Kubo in the bullpen, threw 203 pitches just one day after he threw 150 pitches.