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Hanshin Tigers: June 4, 2010

by on Jun.04, 2010 @ 1:15 pm, under NPB

1:03am JST

...Last night against the Orix Buffaloes, Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi recorded his first win since turning 42 on 5/16.  He also picked up his first timely hit since 4/16/2008 (vs Hiroshima).

...Shinjiro Hiyama set a new franchise record when he recorded his 109th career pinch-hit hit in the 7th inning last night.

7:01pm JST

...The Kinki Bureau of Telecommunications (総務省近畿総合通信局) is enlisting the help of Takashi Toritani and the Hanshin Tigers to help spread the word of the conversion over to terrestrial digital tv broadcasting.

The Tigers will also use five games between June and August to help educate fans on the move over to terrestrial digital tv broadcasting -- the games have apparently been dubbed Hanshin Tigers Chidejika Nighters (阪神タイガース地デジカナイター).

1:15pm JST

...Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi will likely get today's start against the Orix Buffaloes; Naoto Tsuru is expected to get tomorrow's start.

Shimoyanagi has a chance to set a new record for innings pitched during the season in which they turned 42.  Kimiyasu Kudo currently has the record with 136 innings, set in 2005 when Kudo was a member of the Yomiuri Giants.

...It's back to being a pinch-hitter for Tomoaki Kanemoto.  Assuming he's fine, he'll be back in the starting line-up beginning on the 18th (vs Yokohama Bay Stars).

...Seems there's talk about making Keiji Uezono a set-up man and putting Takashi Toritani back in the three hole.

...Keisuke Kano was demoted to Ni-gun yesterday in order to make room for Ryo Asai.  With Kodai Sakurai and Shunsuke Fujikawa playing better, Kano hasn't had much playing time.

...Kazuhito Futagami is scheduled to pitch in a practice game against Japan Pro Sports Academy Baseball Team today; it will be his first outing since hurting his left flank.  Said Futagami, "The next step for me is to pitch in a game.  Pitching in games is different [than practice].  You need to think about the batter as you make adjustments to your mechanics.  I hope it's a good game."

...Ikketsu Sho could be representing Taiwan at the 2010 Haarlem Baseball Week Tournament in The Netherlands (7/9 - 7/18).  Sho was on the preliminary 50-man rosters and could make it to the final cut.  For the time being, the Tigers appear to be open to the idea of Sho participating in the event.

There is also a possibility that Sho could be on Taiwan's roster for the Asia Games in November.