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Hanshin Tigers: March 13, 2010

by on Mar.13, 2010 @ 2:46 pm, under NPB, Spring Camp

=== 11:12pm JST

...Matt Murton experienced dizziness and nauseous on Saturday and was given the day off to rest.  His status for tomorrow will be dependent on how he's feeling.

On Friday, Kazuhito Futagami complained of pain in his left flank and was diagnosed on Saturday with a bruise on his left abdomen (左内腹斜筋の筋挫傷).  Futagami will likely require a week's worth of rest.

...Kodai Sakurai is perhaps one step closer to a starting job after going 2-for-3 in Saturday's game against the Yokohama Bay Stars.  His 2-run home run in the 2nd accounted for all the runs that scored in the game.

...The old Colonel Sanders figure recovered from Dotonbori River will become a permanent fixture at a KFC near Koshien Stadium.  He will be on display beginning the 19th.  The KFC store is also planning a ceremony for the same day.

=== 2:46pm JST

...Akihiro Yano was 0-for-5 with 4 strike outs prior to his home run on Friday.

...Tatsuya Kojima likely secured a spot in the opening day starting rotation with his performance on Friday: 5 IP, 22 BF, 94 NP, 5 H, 3 SO, 2 BB, R, ER.  It seems it could be a toss-up between him and Casey Fossum.

...Ken Nishimura pitched for the first time since 3/3 on Friday against the Hiroshima Carp.  Despite the prolonged rest, Nishimura still tossed a scoreless inning in relief.

...Matt Murton stole his first his base in Japan on the Friday.  He also went 2-for-3 in the game.

...Tomoaki Kanemoto will likely play in his first exhibition game on Sunday against the Yomiuri Giants.  He should be with the team on Saturday but probably won't see any playing time against the Yokohama Bay Stars.  On Friday, Kanemoto two about 68 swings during BP.  He also switched over to his regular bat -- he had been using a training bat until now.

...If everything goes smoothly, Takahiro Arai could play in an exhibition game as early as the 16th (Yomiuri Giants).

...Yasutomo Kubo's start against the Yokoahama Bay Stars on Saturday was canceled after he was diagnosed with acute gastroenteritis on Friday.  No word on when his next outing might come.  The Tigers are expected to give him a couple days of rest before starting him back up.  The Tigers don't expect this to affect their plans for the opening day starting rotation.

...Kenji Johjima is 4-for-10 during exhibition play.

... Yuya Ando threw 43 pitches in the bullpen on Saturday in preparation for his start against the Yomiuri Giants on Sunday.  And Atushi Noumi played some catch and ran some sprints in preparation for his start against the Yokohama Bay Stars on Saturday.

...Shunsuke Fujikawa was set to play in an Ikusei League game on Saturday against the Chunichi Dagons.