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Hanshin Tigers Spring Camp News and Notes: February 24, 2011

by on Feb.24, 2011 @ 4:57 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.

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Today's intra-squad game:

Kai-Wen Cheng started the game for the whites and did not allow a run over 2 innings of worked.  He faced a total 6 batters and gave up 1 hit -- he retired the side in order in the first and got a double play in the second.  Ikketsu Sho started the for reds and also tossed 2 shutout innings.  He faced a total 7 batters and gave up 1 hit.

Masanori Fujihara entered the game in the 4th for the reds and threw 2 shutout innings while giving up one hit.

Kohei Shibata started in center and batted lead-off for the whites.  He collected a hit in his first at bat and also stole second.

Takahiro Arai picked up a hit in his second at bat in the 5th inning.  It was his first hit in 6 trips to the plate this spring.

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Jason Standridge threw 86 pitches in the bullpen today.

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Kubota threw 26 pitches to Ryota Arai during BP today and allowed 5 could-be hits.  He also threw 28 pitches in the bullpen.

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Jojima was given the green light today -- he will now be able to catch bullpen sessions (while sitting) and will be able to step up his rehab schedule.

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Tomoyuki Kubota worked out on his day off yesterday in preparation for an outing as BP pitcher today.  After warming up, he played catch and threw the ball 91 times.

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The K trio made up of Hiroyuki Kobayashi, Kubota, and Kyuji Fujikawa could pitch in the same game as early as 3/18 (exhibition game against the Yokohama Bay Stars).

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If Kenji Jojima wants to make the opening day roster as a catcher, he'll probably need to be the starting catcher in three exhibition games against the Nippon Ham Fighters (3/19 - 3/21).  And if that's going to happen, he'll probably need to be ready to start DHing when the Tigers play three games in the Kanto region (3/16 @ Chiba; 3/17 @ Jingu; and 3/18 @ Yokohama).

The Tigers are also thinking about having Jojima join team at Koshien in March so that he can spend time mixing with the veteran pitchers that won't be traveling on road games.

Whether or not any or all of these things happen will largely depend on the results of Jojima's follow-up exam today.

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Akinobu Mayumi told reporters that there were four players that could start in center -- Shunsuke Fujikawa, Katsuhiko Saka, Kohei Shibata, and Ryo Asai.

Mayumi also said that he decided to add a 5-inning intra-squad game to their schedule for today in order to give pitchers an extra opportunity to throw.