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Hanshin Tigers: News and notes from 9/27/2010 (AM)

by on Sep.27, 2010 @ 8:52 am, under NPB

Matt Murton is currently in third place on the single season all-time hit list.  Above him are Alex Ramirez (204) and Ichiro Suzuki (210).

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Takumi Akiyama's next start will likely be on 10/1 against the Hiroshima Carp at Mazda Stadium.  Seems he'll also be available in the bullpen during the team's games against the Yomiuri Giants (9/28 and 9/29) and the Yokohama Bay Stars (9/30).

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Kodai Sakurai joined the Ichi-gun team for practice on Sunday and will likely be added to the active roster in time for the series against the Giants.  During BP on Sunday, Sakurai swung the bat 40 times and hit 3 over the fence.

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The Tigers will likely call up Naohisa Sugiyama for some relief help.  And since they demoted two pitchers yesterday and plan to only call up one in return, it seems the Tigers have decided they'll go with 11 pitchers on the active roster.  That could still change since they have another day to decide.

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The Tigers are thinking about expanding their development of Ikusei players next season.  That includes setting up practice games against independent league teams and perhaps strengthening the coaching staff.