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HAN: Team hoping Tomoaki Kanemoto will be able to start DH’ing on 12th

by on Mar.05, 2011 @ 3:19 pm, under NPB

Kenji Jojima caught Daiki Enokida's (1st round) bullpen session on Thursday.  He did not catch a bullpen session yesterday.

Regarding catching Hiroyuki Kobayashi, Jojima told reporters yesterday that he felt it wasn't an absolute necessity to catch one of his bullpen sessions before the season because of how good of pitcher he was.

On Friday, Jojima took 50 swings during BP and hit 4 over the fence.  During base-running practice, he ran from first to second twice, from second to third twice, and from first and third once.  Jojima also slid head-first back into first 4 times and worked on starting and stopping after over-running a base.

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Matt Murton has apparently given up on the tweaks he made to his swing (like the high leg kick) and will go back to the same style he used last season.  Seems some of the major changes he was making to his hitting mechanics just weren't working out for him.  And while most of the veterans were allowed to return to Osaka yesterday (like Takahiro Arai and Craig Brazell), Murton stayed back with the team in order to work on his swing.

As of yesterday, through 3 exhibition games, Murton was 1-for-7.

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The Tigers are hoping Tomoaki Kanemoto will be ok to start DH'ing on the 12th (vs Chunichi at Koshien).  After that,, the Tigers would like to see him play in all of the remaining exhibition games (save for one against the Yomiuri Giants that takes place in Gifu on the 14th) on the schedule.

On Friday, Kanemoto played catch at a max distance of about 30 meters (35 throws).  Batting coach Atsushi Kataoka then his 7 baseballs out to Kanemoto in left with a cutoff man about 30-40 meters away.  And during BP, he took 34 swings and hit 1 over the fence.

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Akihito Fujii told reporters yesterday he was looking forward to the next two exhibition games because they were against a Central League opponent (both vs Yokohama).

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As of yesterday, Keiichi Hirano was still hitless through 22 trips to the plate (practice, intra-squad, and exhibition games).