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Tigers to promote Kodai Sakurai for offensive boost?

by on Aug.09, 2010 @ 2:35 pm, under NPB

With both Matt Murton (.172 AVG / .435 OPS in August) and Tomoaki Kanemoto (.182 AVG / .535 OPS in August) struggling offensively, it seems the Hanshin Tigers may be ready to give Kodai Sakurai another shot.  Sakurai struggled at Ichi-gun earlier in the year due to right elbow pain, but it seems he's doing much better now.

Sakurai's Ni-gun Numbers

G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB IBB HBP SO GDP AVG SLG OBP
13 53 41 8 18 4 0 3 31 16 0 1 0 0 9 0 3 2 0 .439 .756 .566