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Hanshin Tigers: January 27, 2012

by on Jan.27, 2012 @ 11:46 pm, under NPB

Tomoyuki Kubota threw 109 pitches (including off-speed pitches) in the bullpen today.

Minoru Iwata tossed 21 pitches during his first session of the year (standing catcher).

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Tomoaki Kanemoto is planning to push himself hard on weights during spring camp so that he can maintain his current muscle mass.

Kanemoto worked out at Koshien on Thursday.

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Daiki Enokida is still looking for a hobby he can turn to when he needs to take a break from baseball.

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The media learned today that Yasutomo Kubo has agreed to a deal and will sign on the dotted line on January 31.

As for how the team plans to use him this year: they are still undecided and will most likely wait until some time in March (when they have a better idea of what the starting rotation will look like) to decide.  Until then, Kubo plans to prepare himself as a starter (unless he is told otherwise).  It seems he would also rather the team decide by the time spring camp starts.

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Keiichi Hirano still does not have a deal in place, but GM Eiichi Takano did tell reporters today that he felt a deal could be reached before the start of spring camp.

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Nikkan Sports reports that there is now more than a good chance Matt Murton will not make the start of spring camp since his wife has yet to give birth to their third child.

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1st round draft pick Hayata Ito told reporters he hardly brought anything with him to Okinawa, other than his baseball equipment -- he even left his laptop behind. ... Ito's family is planning to visit spring camp some time around February 19. ... Ito did not take a single day off from practices between January 7 (day he moved into the player dorm) and January 25 (the day before he left for early training camp in Okinawa). ... Ito worked out for about five and a half hours today.

4th round draft pick Kazuo Ito can not wait until he has the chance to face batters during spring camp.  Said Ito, "I would like to face good batters like [Tomoaki] Kanemoto.  I want to see how good my fastball is against pro competition."  He packed a book on forkballs by Kazuhiro Sasaki.

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Fumihito Haraguchi worked out at Naruohama on Thursday and told reporters some of the things he did during his workouts with Kenji Jojima in Sasebo, Nagasaki.

We did a lot more running and trunk strengthening exercises than I thought we would.  It was a pretty hard session.  There were days we ran poles 20 times.  Everyone did the same stuff.

That means Jojima ran about 2.4km on days they did poles (estimate of about 120 meters between poles).

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The Coming of Age commemorative items Takumi Akiyama and Haraguchi received from the team on Thursday: a bus pass case and a key case.