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Hanshin Tigers Spring Camp News and Notes: February 21, 2011

by on Feb.21, 2011 @ 12:10 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.


Today's intra-squad game:

Starters for the game -- Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi started the game for the whites and allowed a run on 3 hits over 2 innings.  The run came in the first on two doubles; Shimoyanagi also induced a double play in the 2nd.  Jason Standridge started for the reds and did not give up a run over 2 innings of work (0 hits).  While the first batter managed to reach on an error, he retired the next 6 batters in order (5 ground ball outs and 1 strikeout).

Kyuji Fujikawa entered the game in the 3rd inning for the whites and pitched 1 inning in relief -- Masashi Nohara lined out to center on a first pitch fastball; Shunsuke Fujikawa flied out to second on the second pitch of the at bat (1-0 count, 144km/h fastball); Yamato hit a single to center (full count, 6th pitch, 143km/h fastball); and Matt Murton struck out looking on a 2-2 fastball (5th pitch, 141km/h fastball).

Hiroyuki Kobayashi entered the game in the third inning for the reds and also pitched an inning in relief - Akihito Fujii flied out to center (0-1 slider); Kohei Shibata flied out to left on a first pitch fastball; Katsuhiko Saka hit a single to right (4th pitch, 1-2 count, off-speed pitch); Saka stole second; and Keiichi Hirano grounded out to first (5th pitch, 2-2 count, off-speed pitch).

Minoru Iwata tossed 2 innings in relief and did not allow a run.  He did give up 2 hits.

Takumi Akiyama gave up a run on 4 hits over 2 innings of work.

Matt Murton started in right and batted 3rd for the reds.  He hit a double in his first at bat against Shimoyanagi and then struck out looking against Fujikawa in his second at bat.  Craig Brazell was the starting DH and batted 4th; he also picked up a hit in his second at bat in the 4th inning with 2 out and Minoru Iwata on the mound for the whites.

Takuya Takahama started at short and batted 6th.

Yesterday's intra-squad game:

The reds beat the whites, 1-0.

Kosuke Kato entered the game in the 7th for the reds and retired the side in order in his one inning work.

Katsuhiko Saka started in center and batted lead-off for the red team.  He went 2-for-3.

Taichi Okazaki was the starting catcher and batted 8th for the red team.

Akihito Fujii threw out Saka trying to steal second in the 1st inning.  He also hit a double in the 3rd.

===== 2/21 @ 10:39pm

Takuya Takahama is now 6-for-9 over three intra-squad games.  And the Tigers are apparently more than satisfied with Takahama since they decided today that he'll continue to stay with the Ichi-gun roster.


The Tigers decided to hold off on calling Takumi Akiyama up to Ichi-gun today.

===== 2/21 @ 12:10pm

The Tigers drew about 12,000 fans yesterday.


Hiroyuki Kobayashi is slated to make a 1-inning relief appearance during today's intra-squad game.  Kobayashi did not do anything throwing yesterday and did mostly running and a variety of other exercises.


Tomoyuki Kubota threw 27 pitches in the bullpen yesterday.  It was his second session in as many days.  The Tigers plan on sitting down with Kubota at the end of the current block of spring camp.


Tomoaki Kanemoto took a total 102 swings during BP yesterday (his first 100+ swing day this year) -- he took both outdoor and indoor BP.  He also did some running (including a 70 meter dash).


Kenji Jojima took 57 grounders at third yesterday and joking told reporters he was planning on challenging Takahiro Arai for the starting third base job.


The rehab group and players out of high school returned to Osaka on Sunday.  They will continue their training at Naruohama.  The group includes: Yuya Ando, Kodai Sakurai, Shinta Hifumi (2nd round), Masahiro Nakatani (3rd round), Akira Iwamoto (4th round), Tetsuya Sakaguchi (Ikusei 1st round), Hiroya Shimamoto (Ikusei 2nd round), and Masaki Anada (Ikusei 3rd round).