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Hanshin: Murton to bat lead-off; still no commitment from Kanemoto

by on Nov.10, 2010 @ 11:15 pm, under NPB

Akinobu Mayumi is apparently planning on using Matt Murton primarily out of the lead-off spot next season and batting Takashi Toritani in the 3-hole.  Said Mayumi, "When [Murton] batted first he was aggressive, but when he batted third [with runners on base] he was thinking about driving runs in and things fell off a bit for him."


It seems the Tigers will give Kosuke Kato a tryout.  The tryout will take place in Kochi where fall camp is currently taking place.  The Tigers are looking at Kato as a left-handed option out of the pen.


The Hanshin Tigers met with Tomoaki Kanemoto, Kentaro Sekimoto, and Yuya Ando earlier today and none were able to commit.