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Hanshin Tigers: January 26, 2012

by on Jan.26, 2012 @ 4:27 pm, under NPB

Masahiro Nakatani played the outfield, mostly left field, during his first year of high school.  He also spent some time working out in the outfield during Ikusei games (all three positions, but mostly left) last year.  The Tigers are currently looking at him as a center field candidate, the outfield position he is least familiar with.

Other candidates to play center: 1st round draft pick Hayata Ito, ShunsukeWei-Chu Lin, Ryo Asai, and Kenichi Tagami.

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Hiroyuki Kobayashi lived out of a hotel last year and is now thinking about renting a house/apartment.

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Takashi Toritani gained about three kilograms since last year (from 77kg to around 80kg).

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Yutaka Wada told reporters on Wednesday that he needs to figure out how he can efficiently use his roster (particularly pitchers) within the three and a half hour extra inning time limit.  The last thing he wants is to feel that he did not use his players effectively.  It also means being more aggressive and always going for the win (no playing for the tie).

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Minoru Iwata is planing to use a red glove this season.  Iwate used a yellow glove with black highlights last season.  He will also be going from an open back to a closed back glove.  For the time being, Iwate is using a white glove and will switch to a black glove for spring camp.  He will begin using the red glove once it is complete.

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1st round draft pick Ito is thinking about donating an equipment van (possibly a Toyota HiAce) to the Keio University baseball team.