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Hanshin Tigers News and Notes: November 10, 2010

by on Nov.10, 2010 @ 1:56 pm, under NPB

During situational BP at fall camp on Tuesday, 11 batters attempted 13 squeeze bunts and only 3 succeeded (Shinji Komiyama, Katsuhiko Saka, and Yuhei Kai, although Kai fouled off his first two attempts).  Incidentally, it seems the hitters didn't have much of a problem making sac bunts.

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Takumi Akiyama threw 80 pitches (all fastballs) in the bullpen on Tuesday.  Akiyama is currently working on his mechanics (weight transfer) by checking video footage of his sessions.

It seems Akiyama also grew 1.2cm this year (now 187cm tall).

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Atsushi Nomi wants to be able to mix his pitches better next season.  To that end, he wants to improve his change-up during the off-season.

Said Nomi, "I wasn't able to mix my pitches this season.  If I want to go deep into games, I need to mix my pitches.  [I think] that's where the change-up [is important]."

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Ken Nishimura hopes he'll be able to work out with Kyuji Fujikawa during the off-season.

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Robert Zarate held his third bullpen session on Tuesday and threw 51 pitches (the most he's thrown so far).  He could make an appearance during a simulated game scheduled for the 13th.

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It seems Shunsuke Fujikawa's registered name will become Shunsuke next year.

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41-year-old Shinjiro Hiyama told a bunch of kids on Monday that he would like to continue playing until he's no longer able to run.

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It seems the Tigers are interested in two players the Yomiuri Giants released: Masahide Kobayashi and Kiyoshi Toyoda.  They also have their eye on Kosuke Kato (former with Yokohama) and will likely take a look at all three during the 12-team tryouts today (Seibu Dome).  The Tigers are in the process of strengthening their bullpen and they obviously feel these three might be able to help.

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It seems the Tigers are confident that Tomoaki Kanemoto will remain with the team.  The Tigers are assumed to have offered Kanemoto a contract worth between 300 - 350M yen and packed full of award bonuses that could put his final 2011 salary at around 450M yen (the amount he made this season).