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Hanshin Tigers: April 28, 2010

by on Apr.28, 2010 @ 11:32 am, under NPB

7:03pm JST

...According to Nikkan Sports, Jason Standridge's first start will be on 5/1 .  Daily Sports points to a start on 5/2.  Both games would be against the Yomiuri Giants.

Daily Sports also suggests the following rotation between 4/28 and 5/1: Yasutomo Kubo, Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi, Casy Fossum, and Atsushi Nomi.

11:32am JST

...Yasutomo Kubo is set to start tonight's game against the Yakult Swallows.  On Tuesday, he played some catch and ran short-distance sprints.  Koji Uezono gets the start tomorrow night.

...According to Sanspo, Naoto Tsuru will be used out of the pen.

...With the rain-out on Tuesday, it seems Jason Standridge's first Ichi-gun start will be pushed off until 5/3 (vs Chunichi Dragons).  Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi, who was scheduled to start on Tuesday, could be pushed off until the 30th, when the Tigers begin a three game set against the Yomiuri Giants.

...Shinjio Hiyama has decided to open up his batting stance a bit (his right foot is a half step to the right now).

...Kenji Jojima took 34 swings out of a total 39 pitches from Akinobu Mayumi during BP on Tuesday.

...It seems Yuya Ando has three objectives to achieve at Ni-gun.  They are:

  1. brush up on your fastball
  2. don't try to be clever while pitching or try to trick batters
  3. do lots of running to strengthen your lower body then work on using your whole body when throwing

While the Tigers would love him back as soon as possible, they also aren't expecting him back after the 10 day limit.

...For their speed, the F1 TrioYamato, Keisuke Kano, and Shunsuke Fujikawa.

2010 Draft

...The Tigers have apparently placed Kokushikan University left-hander Yuji Higuchi (樋口裕史) on their list of possible draft picks.