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Hanshin Tigers Spring Camp News and Notes: February 17, 2011

by on Feb.17, 2011 @ 9:25 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.

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Yesterday's practice game against the Nippon Ham Fighters (Ichi-gun):

Takashi Toritani started at short and batted 3rd.  He went 0-for-1 with a walk.

Yesterday's practice game against the Seibu Lions (Ni-gun):

The game ended in a 5-5 tie (9 innings).

Takumi Akiyama gave up 2 runs on 3 hits (including a solo homer) over an inning of work.  He also topped out at 140km/h.

===== 2/17 @ 12:13am

Jojima ran twelve 60 meter dashes (not at full speed).  He also played catch at a distance of about 20 meters.

===== 2/17 @ 9:25pm

The Tigers closed out the Ginoza, Okinawa leg of their spring camp today.  The team will travel to Aki, Kochi tomorrow to begin the second leg of spring camp (beginning on 2/19).

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Ni-gun manager Haruki Yoshitake closed out the first leg of Ni-gun camp in Aki, Kochi today and named Ryuji Wakatake and Kenichi Tagami MVPs of the first leg of spring camp.  The Ichi-gun roster will now join the Ni-gun team in Aki, Kochi for the second leg of spring camp.

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Tomoyuki Kubota did not do anything throwing today.

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The Tigers drew about 300 fans yesterday (due to the practice game against the Nippon Ham Fighters on the road).

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Kyuji Fujikawa threw 42 pitches to Issei Morita and Masashi Nohara during BP yesterday and allowed 2-could be hits -- 22 pitches to Morita and 1 could-be hit; and 20 pitches to Nohara and 1 could-be hit.

Fujikawa will be making a 1-inning appearance in an intra-squad game sometime between 2/19 and 2/21.

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Jason Standridge threw 46 pitches to Craig Brazell and Matt Murton during BP yesterday and allowed 4 could-be hits -- 22 pitches to Brazell and 3 could-be hits (none over the fence); and 24 pitches to Murton and 1 could-be hit.  Standridge also spent about 30 minutes signing autographs after practice.

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Randy Messenger threw 48 pitches to Takahiro Arai and Kentaro Sekimoto during BP yesterday and allowed 3 could-be hits -- 24 pitches to each batter, 1 could-be hit to Arai and 2 could-be hits to Sekimoto.

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Yasutomo Kubo threw 48 pitches to Katsuhiko Saka and Shunsuke Fujikawa during BP yesterday and allowed 9 could-be hits.

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Kenji Jojima took 85 grounders (including grounders to both his sides) at third during practice yesterday.

Jojima - "I wasn't afraid to move forward or to the sides.  From here on out, I need improve my stamina so that I can do more running, hitting, and catching."

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Tomoaki Kanemoto took 37 swings during morning BP and hit 2 over the fence.  He then grabbed his glove and shagged three balls in left while Sekimoto took BP.  In the afternoon, Kanemoto took another round of outdoor BP and swung the bat 56 times and hit 7 over the fence.  He also played catch for about 30 minutes (max distance of about 40 meters).