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Hanshin Tigers: March 14, 2010

by on Mar.14, 2010 @ 3:24 pm, under NPB, Spring Camp

=== 3/15/2010 12:35am JST

...Minoru Iwata started an Ikusei League game against the Chunichi Dragons on Sunday and gave up 3 runs on 6 hits over 3 innings of work.  Pitching coach Takashi Yamaguchi told reporters that the biggest problem Iwata has now is finding enough innings to pitch in order to make the opening day starting rotation.

=== 8:28pm JST

...Matt Murton was back in the line-up on Sunday after taking the day off on Saturday with dizziness and nausea.  He started in center and batted lead-off and went 2-for-4 with a double and runs scored.  Murton told reporters that he had a great time playing in his first game at Koshien Stadium.

...Akinobu Mayumi was asked if the opening day starter was decided after Sunday game.  His reply: Not yet.  Mayumi added that he wanted to wait until the last minute.

...Tomoaki Kanemoto (starting DH, batting fourth) went 0-for-3 in his first exhibition game of the year: ground out to short, strike out, strike out.

=== 3:24pm JST

...Tomoaki Kanemoto and Takahiro Arai are both playing Sunday's game against the Yomiuri Giants.

...Astushi Noumi plans on throwing more warm-ups pitches this year.  He apparently feels part of his problem last season was that he didn't warm-up enough.  So beginning this season, Noumi will be throwing a few more warm-up pitches than usual.  Prior to his start on Saturday, he threw 47 pitches in the bullpen (up from the 30-40 he threw last year).

Noumi also did not throw any change-ups during his outing on Saturday.

...Tomoyuki Kubota managed to hit 152 km/h on the radar gun during his outing on Saturday against the Yokohama Bay Stars.  Of the 18 pitches he threw, three were over 150km/h.  Kubota's career high is 157km/h, set back in 2005.  He also recorded his first "save" since 6/20/2006; it was also the first time since 9/23/2008 that he was the last pitcher to appear in a game.

...After Saturday's game against the Yokohama Bay Stars, Akinobu Mayumi told reporters that Kodai Sakurai is currently the leading candidate for the opening day start in right.

...Takashi Toritani was hit by a pitch for the second time in as many games on Saturday.

...According to first base coach Teruyoshi Kuji, the Tigers have figured out Hayato Terahara's pick-off motion.  Terahara has been trying to figure out what he can do to offset the running game after the Softbank Hawks stole 6 bases off of him on the 5th.

...The Museum of Hanshin Koshien Stadium officially opened at 10am on Sunday.  Over 200 people appeared for the opening ceremonies.