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Hanshin Tigers News and Notes: November 12, 2010

by on Nov.12, 2010 @ 1:48 pm, under NPB

Yusuke Kawasaki is apparently working on a new side-armed delivery during fall camp.

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Robert Zarate tossed 52 pitches in the bullpen at Naruohama on Thursday (throwing fastballs at first and then mixing in his other pitches).

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The Tigers held a long-distance run on the last day of the third block of fall camp.  The run apparently consisted of running around a hilly 500 meter course 8 times.  12 pitchers took part in the run and Takumi Akiyama finished in first with a time of 21 minutes; Naoto Tsuru finished in second.

Prior to the run, Akiyama also tossed 54 pitches in the bullpen.

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Keisuke Kano had back surgery on Thursday.  Kano apparently felt some discomfort in his back during a Phoenix League game on 10/10 and was taken off the active roster.  Kano originally started doing some rehab training on the back, but after things didn't improve, the trainers and Kano decided it would be best for him to have the surgery.

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Keiichi Hirano made good on his Sanspo Promise to hit at least one homer and win one award after he was named a Golden Glove winner yesterday.  Hirano also turned down the 50,000 yen gift certificate he won by fulfilling the promise and asked that Sanspo donate the money to charity.

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Kyuji Fujikawa, Shinjiro Hiyama, Kentaro Sekimoto, and Takashi Toritani are expected to take part in an event called Hinokibutai Charity Event 2010: The Tatejima Spirit at Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel on 11/23.  The admittance fee will be 32,000 yen.

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The Tigers are thinking about running a drawing contest for kids where winners will get free tickets to a home game at Koshien Stadium next season.  The topic: Craig Brazell.

The original idea for the contest took shape in September.  At that point, Brazell said, "I'd like to invite one kid to Koshien next year for every home run I hit this year.  And I'll pick them by reading letters they've sent to me telling me just how hard their working.  Like how hard they're studying or how hard they're helping around the house.  Anything really."

More recently, the club decided it might be best to go with drawings to open the contest up to younger kids and to make it easier for Brazell to judge.

Since Brazell has yet to formally re-sign with the club, the details for the contest likely won't be hammered out until after a contract has been signed.