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Hanshin Tigers: February 12, 2012

by on Feb.12, 2012 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB

Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Saturday

  • Matt Murton took seventy-five swings during lunchtime BP and hit eighteen over the fence. (Sponichi)
  • Tomoaki Kanemoto took ninety-seven swings during lunchtime BP and hit thirty-three over the fence. (Sponichi)
  • 1st round draft pick Hayata Ito took sixty-six swings during BP and did not hit any over the fence. (Sanspo)
  • Masahiro Nakatani took eighty swings during BP and hit six over the fence. (Sanspo)
  • Craig Brazell took seventy-one swings during lunchtime BP and his twenty-one over the fence. (Nikkan Sports)

Saturday

  • Yuya Ando threw fifty-two pitches in the bullpen. (Sanspo)
  • Kyuji Fujikawa threw thirty-four pitches, including off-speed pitches, in the bullpen. (Sanspo)

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NPB Commissioner Ryozo Kato visited Ginoza camp today.  This was the sixth team Kato visited so far during spring camp.

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Yuya Ando is scheduled to toss his first batting practice session during spring camp on Monday.

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Tomoaki Kanemoto wore a t-shirt on Saturday that poked fun of Takahiro Arai's Triple Crown: Error King, GIDP King, RBI King.

After extra BP on Saturday, Kanemoto ran a number of dashes: five sets each of 50m, 40m, 30m, 20m, and 10m.

Today, Kanemoto made five plays out in left during situational fielding practice: he made two throws to second, one throw to third, and one throw to home plate.

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Matt Murton hit the pitching machine again during indoor batting practice on Saturday.

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Pitching coach Takashi Yamaguchi worked with Takumi Akiyama for about thirty minutes during extra fielding practice on Saturday.

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Shinjiro Hiyama swung the bat with one hand 147 times during soft-toss batting practice on Saturday.  He also swung the bat ten times with both hands at about 50-60%.  And while he has yet to take outdoor fielding practice, he is currently able to throw the ball at a max distance of about thirty meters after catching/fielding it indoors.

====== UPDATE 2/13 @ 1:39am

The Tigers drew about 6,000 fans on Saturday.

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Craig Brazell worked with bodybuilder Terry Beedie (sp?) during the off-season.

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Team owner Shinya Sakai observed Ginoza camp today.