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Hanshin Tigers: Day Off

by on Feb.15, 2010 @ 3:02 pm, under NPB, Spring Camp

=== 11:03pm JST

...Kodai Sakurai spent about 40 minutes in the batting cages on his day off in preparation for a practice game against the Nippon Ham Fighters on Tuesday.

Sakurai batted fourth and went 0-for-2 with 2 walks against the Fighters on Saturday.

=== 2/15/2010 3:02pm JST

...Ikketsu Sho was supposed to be the starting pitcher for Sunday's practice game against the Nippon Ham Fighters.  He'll be making the start for the make-up game on Tuesday.  Sho threw 110 pitches in the bullpen.

...Kyuji Fujikawa threw 40 pitches during his bullpen session on Sunday.  Takashi Toritani stood in the batter's box partway through the session.  Fujikawa is scheduled to throw BP on the 16th.

...Yuya Ando held a bullpen session on Sunday and threw 111 pitches -- that's 261 pitches over 2 days.

...Casey Fossum is scheduled to throw about 10 minutes of BP on Tuesday.  He told reporters that while he doesn't plan on throwing any pitches inside.  Instead, Fossum will focus on hitting the outside corners.  He will also likely throw the Fossum flip a few times.

...Craig Brazell took 78 swings during BP on Sunday and hit 11 over the fence.  He told reporters that he felt a little tired.

...Matt Murton took 45 swings and hit 5 over the fence during pre-game practice.  After the game was canceled, Murton returned to the indoor training facilities in Ginoza and took BP in the cages.  He also took party in regular BP and took 54 swings and hit 8 over the fence.

...Akinobu Mayumi is hearing good things about Kenichi Tagami.  His greatest asset is his speed: Tagami runs a 3.2 between first and second, about the same speed as Norihiro Akahoshi, and can run the 50m in 5.7 seconds.  Tagami will likely have a chance to show Mayumi what he has during Ichi-gun and Ni-gun joint intra-squad games on the 20th and 21st.

During a practice game against the SK Wyverns on Sunday, Tagami started in center, batted first, and went 0-for-3 .

...Tomoaki Kanemoto took during outfield drills designated for infielders on Sunday.  He also took 54 swings during BP and hit 3 over the fence.  At the Ginoza Dome, Kanemoto spent about 30 minutes in the batting cages.

Futoshi Nakanishi (baseball analyst) checked Kanemoto's lower body (specifically his thighs) and told reporters Kanemoto was in better shape this year, than last year when he was coming off knee surgery.

...The Tigers announced the number of Valentine's day chocolates players received on Sunday: Kanemoto and Akihiro Yano received 19; Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi 12; Fujikawa 8; Toritani, Keiichi Hirano, and Wei-Chu Lin 6; Shinjiro Hiyama and Hirotaka Egusa 5; Ando, Takahiro Arai, and Keisuke Kano 4.  Batting coach Yutaka Wada received 11.