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Hanshin Tigers: March 3, 2010

by on Mar.03, 2010 @ 11:52 am, under NPB, Spring Camp

=== 3/4/2010 12:17am JST

...Tomoaki Kanemoto and Takahiro Arai aren't with the team Ichi-gun right now.  They are staying in Osaka to continue their training.

...Matt Murton apparently doesn't wear baseball stockings during practice so that he can keep his body cool.  Instead, he wears low-cut socks.

...Kazuhito Futagami told reporters on Monday that he's currently looking for an "out" pitch.  He has a fastball, a curve, a slider, and a fork, but doesn't consider any of them out pitches.  Futagami will likely pick one of the pitches he can already throw and turn that into an out pitch.

...The Tigers will be modifying their Kohien scoreboard to read balls to strikes after the end of the 2010 season.

=== 3/3/2010 11:52am JST

...Players starting in Wednesday's game against the Nippon Ham Fighters:

Matt Murton will be in center and batting lead-off.

Kenji Johjima will be batting 4th and catching.

Casey Fossum will be the starting pitcher.  He'll like go 3-4 innings.

...Yasutomo Kubo will likely be starting Thursday's game against the Nippon Ham Fighters.

...Murton worked out at Koshien Stadium for the first time on Tuesday.  He took some BP and worked on his defense in center field (plays against the wall, checking on wind conditions).  Murton's wife and mother-in-law flew into Japan on the 28th.  Murton's wife will be giving birth to their second child in April (in Japan).

...Shinjiro Hiyama worked out at Koshien Stadium on Tuesday.  He will likely see some playing time either on the 7th (vs the Seibu Lions) or the 9th (vs the Nippon Ham Fighters).  Hiyama got a late start at Spring camp due to conjunctivitis in his right eye.

...Takashi Toritani took some BP and worked on his fielding at Koshien Stadium on Tuesday.

...The team traveled up to Sapporo after practice on Tuesday.  Craig Brazell will likely return to Osaka after the two game series against the Fighters in order to continue his workouts at Koshien Stadium.

...Minoru Iwata held a bullpen session at Naruohama and threw 31 pitches to a squatting catcher.  He did not throw any off-speed pitches.  If he continues at his current pace, he could pitch in a simulated game by the 5th or 6th, move onto an appearance at an Ikusei League game on the 13th or 14th, and could very well be ready to pitch in an exhibition game against the Hiroshima Carp on the 20th or 21st (final exhibition series).