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Hanshin Tigers: February 11, 2012

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

Batting Practice

Saturday

  • Craig Brazell took sixty-nine swings during extra BP and hit twenty-three over the fence, including one off the top of the scoreboard in center. (Sports Hochi)

Friday

  • 1st round draft pick Hayata Ito took 128 swings in the batting cages against a machine. (Sponichi)
  • Matt Murton took a total 103 swings between soft-toss BP and hitting in the cages against a machine. (Sports Hochi Osaka)

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The Tigers played a bunt game today: innings begin with a runner on first and one out, teams must score a run using stolen bases, bunts, and slash bunts; six inning game with four outs per half inning; at worst, teams should be able to score at least one run per inning.  The game ended with the final score, 5-1.

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Yutaka Wada is planning to give Masahiro Nakatani a shot at batting clean-up during a game against the Nippon Ham Fighters on Sunday.

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1st round draft pick Hayata Ito may continue to use two different bats (a white HI-GOLD bat and a black Rawlings bat) during the season and switch based on opponent.

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Matt Murton managed to hit the pitching machine during batting practice on Friday.  What's more, he managed to do it by getting the ball to go through an opening in a net that sits in front of the machine.  The size of the opening: 45cm x 15cm.

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Singer Maki Oguro is a candidate to throw out the ceremonial first pitch on opening day.  The team slogan, Atsukunare (熱くなれ) also happens to be the title of a song she sings.

====== UPDATE 2/12 @ 12:14am

The entire team wore the new 2012 road uniforms during practice on Saturday.