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Hanshin Tigers Spring Camp News and Notes: February 12, 2011

by on Feb.12, 2011 @ 7:31 am, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.

===== 2/12 @ 10:24pm

Chief development coach Mitsuo Tateishi threw 35 pitches to Jojima (indoor BP) today.  Jojima went the other way on most the pitches, but did pull three to left.

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Kanemoto told reporters today that his hitting was at about 80%.  He's still also only playing catch at a max distance of 40 meters, which means he still has a little ways to go before he'll be ready to play in actual games.

===== 2/12 @ 2:22pm

Kanemoto took BP outdoors today for the first time this spring -- 33 swings and hit 3 over the fence.  Kanemoto also took some grounders with the other players afterward.

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Akiyama faced Kosei Fujii and Yuhei Kai during BP today and threw 42 pitches while allowing 8 could-be hits.  Neither hitter was able to really get around on Akiyama's fastballs.

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Owner Shinya Sakai dropped by Ginoza camp today.

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Nikkan Sports notes the two basic things Murton has changed in his batting stance:

  1. He begins with his hands further back, by about 3 centimeters.
  2. He steps into the ball more with a higher leg kick.

===== 2/12 @ 7:31am

Ikketsu Sho could get the practice game start against the Yakult Swallows on the 13th.  Sho threw around 100 pitches in the bullpen yesterday.  Tatsuya Kojima is also in the running.

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Takumi Akiyama threw 91 pitches in the bullpen yesterday.  Akiyama is also scheduled to make an appearance as a BP pitcher today.

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Kyuji Fujikawa is scheduled to begin tossing BP during the 4th block of spring camp (begins on the 15th).

Fujikawa also threw 13 curves and 5 forks during his 76-pitch bullpen session yesterday.

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Craig Brazell took 89 swings during lunchtime BP yesterday and hit 13 over the fence.

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A little more on Matt Murton's lunchtime BP session yesterday: he swung the bat 63 times and collected 51 could-be hits; 9 of his 16 home runs went out to left and the remaining 7 went out to left-center.

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Tomoaki Kanemoto swung the bat 40 times during indoor BP (against a live pitcher) yesterday.  He's also scheduled to take outdoor BP today.

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Kenji Jojima ran nine 40-meter dashes during practice yesterday (about 40 minutes; and Jojima ran the last dash with big steps).  Jojima has the green light to take BP and grounders today.

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Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi promised racing cyclist Yoshiyuki Okabe yesterday that he would win 10 games by the time Okabe recorded his 400th career victory (needs 12 more).