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Hanshin Tigers: April 6, 2010

by on Apr.06, 2010 @ 8:02 pm, under NPB

From Tuesday's game against the Yomiuri Giants:

...Koichi Tabuchi threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

...Tomoaki Kanemoto recorded his 444th career home run in the 6th inning off Shugo Fujii.  The home run puts Kanemoto in a 12th place tie with Shigeo Nagashima on the all-time home run list.

Final line: 1-for-4, R, 2 RBI -> strikeout, strikeout, 2-run homer, strikeout.

...Takahiro Arai also provided some pop, hitting a 2-run homer of his own in the fourth.

Final line: 1-for-4, R, 2 RBI -> fly out to right, 2-run homer, ground out to short, strikeout.

...Atsushi Nomi allowed four runs (two earned) over 7 inning of work.  He has now won his last 5 consecutive games against the Giants.

Final line: 7 IP, 33 BF, 109 NP, 7 H, 4 SO, 3 BB, 1 HBP, 4 R, 2 ER.

...Kyuji Fujikawa recorded his 130th career save.  He is now tied with Kazuyuki Yamamoto for the franchise record for career saves.  Fujikawa also topped out at 153km/h.

Final line: 1 IP, 5 BF, 16 NP, 2 H, 0 SO, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.

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=== 4/7/2010 1:56am JST

...Nikkan Sports is carrying an image of the retro uniforms the Tigers will be using during Inter-league play.

=== 4/6/2010 8:02pm JST

...Ryo Asai, Yamato, and Shunsuke Fujikawa worked on their bunting skills for about an hour and a half on Monday.  For the first hour, they face the batting machines and for the remaining 30 minutes, they faced batting coaches Yutaka Wada and Atsushi Takaoka.

...The Tigers new JFK might be the KTF: Tomoyuki Kubota, Kazuya Tsutsui, and Kyuji Fujikawa.

...Jason Standridge shaved his hair down for his press conference on Monday.  He's hoping to be ready for Ichi-gun some time next week.

...The Jojima Seats are a set of 20 seats set aside for baseball teams made up of junior high school players.  The All Hirakata Boys team were the first team invited to take advantage of the seats on Tuesday.  Prior to the game, Kenji Jojima met with the junior high school players and also gave them a gift to commemorate the event.

...Tigers announced on Tuesday that they will wear retro uniforms that were in use between 1975 and 1978 during Inter-league play this year.

...Matt Murton's wife gave birth to a healthy 2,348 gram girl on Monday.  Congrats to the new addition!