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Hanshin Tigers: February 10, 2012

by on Feb.10, 2012 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB

Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Friday

  • Matt Murton took forty-five swings against a machine that throws curves. (Sports Hochi)

Thursday

  • Craig Brazell took seventy-seven swings and hit twenty-three over the fence, including six in a row. (Sanspo)
  • Takahiro Arai took seventy-four swings and hit seven over the fence. (Sanspo)
  • Masahiro Nakatani went 1-for-3 during situational BP: single to left, strikeout looking, fly out to right. (Sanspo)  He also took fifty-seven swings during regular BP and hit one over the fence. (Nikkan Sports)
  • Takashi Shimizu went 1-for-3 during situational BP.  His lone hit: a double to left. (Sanspo)
  • Shinji Komiyama went collected three hits: single to right off Masanori Fujihara; single to center off Naoto Tsuru; and a triple to center of Fujihara. (Sanspo)
  • 1st round draft pick Hayata Ito took 113 swings during extra BP and hit three over the fence. (Sports Hochi Osaka)

Thursday

  • Takumi Akiyama threw ninety pitches in the bullpen.  He also set imaginary counts and situations during his session. (Sanspo)
  • Kyuji Fujikawa threw eighty-six pitches in the bullpen. (Sanspo)  Or eighty-eight pitches. (Daily Sports)
  • Naoto Tsuru faced eleven batters during situational batting practice and allowed three hits on twenty-eight pitches. (Sanspo)
  • Tomoyuki Kubota threw thirty-three pitches during situational batting practice. (Sanspo)

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The team had the day off today.

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Matt Murton worked out on his day off today.  His workouts included running, stretching, and batting practice.

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1st round draft pick Hayata Ito spent some time hitting in the cages against machines during his day off today.

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Takumi Akiyama told reporters he plans to test his cutter when he gets his chance to toss situational batting practice.

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Craig Brazell spent about thirty minutes working on his fielding at first base with INF/base-running coach Teruyoshi Kuji on Thursday.

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Kenji Jojima spent about thirty minutes chasing down baseballs hit to the outfield during lunchtime BP on Thursday.

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Kyuji Fujikawa spent some time giving a number of players, like Tomoyuki Kubota, Kazuhito Futagami, and Hirokazu Shiranita advice on pitching on Thursday.  This apparently came after team president Nobuo Minami approached Fujikawa and asked him to think about what he can do, as captain of the pitching staff, to help pitchers that have struggled.

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During situational BP on Thursday, Masahiro Nakatani made a strong throw to home from right: with Kenichi Tagami on second, Yamato hit a single through the right side; Nakatani fielded the ball and quickly threw a one-hop bullet to home plate to get Tagami out at home.

Nakatani could bat forth and start in left during a practice game on February 12 (Nippon Ham).

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Takahiro Arai, and a number of other players, worked on their fielding/throwing after general practices on Thursday.  Special instructor Tatsuro Hirooka provided his input.

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Naoto Tsuru has a shot at either becoming a back of the rotation starter or a reliever this season.  He could also pitch in a practice game against Nippon Ham on February 12.

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Tomoaki Kanemoto was planning to participate in situational fielding practice during the second block of spring camp, but he ended up putting it off until the third block because of some shoulder tightness.