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Hanshin Tigers: February 17, 2012

by on Feb.17, 2012 @ 11:51 pm, under NPB

Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Friday

  • Tomoaki Kanemoto hit a double to center off Yuya Ando during situational batting practice today. (Sponichi)
  • With runners on first and third and one out, 1st round draft pick Hayata Ito laid down a successful squeeze bunt during situational batting practice. (Nikkan Sports)

Thursday

  • Tomoaki Kanemoto took 152 swings during extra batting practice.  Many of the batted balls were between left and center -- according to Sanspo, he did not try to pull the ball until after his 136th swing. (Sponichi, Sanspo)

Friday

  • Jason Standridge faced eleven batters during situational batting practice and did not allow a hit. (Sanspo)

Thursday

  • Minoru Iwata faced six batters during batting practice and allowed one could-be hit on forty-three pitches. (Sports Hochi Osaka, Sanspo)  Or forty-two pitches (fastball, sliders, two-seamers), of which thirty were strikes, and eleven were infield grounders. (Nikkan Sports)
  • Atsushi Nomi faced six batters during batting practice and allowed eight could-be hits on forty-five pitches. (Sanspo)
  • Yasutomo Kubo faced five batters during batting practice and allowed seven could-be hits on forty-two pitches.  It was Kubo's first outing as a batting practice pitcher during spring camp. (Sanspo)
  • Ken Nishimura gave up six could-be hits on thirty-four pitches during batting practice.  This was his second outing as a batting practice pitcher. (Sanspo)
  • Kazuhito Futagami threw 135 pitches in the bullpen. (Sanspo)
  • 4th round draft pick Kazuo Ito threw eighty-nine pitches in the bullpen. (Sanspo)

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Hanshin OB visited Ginoza camp today.  Katsuya Nomura also visited Ginoza camp today.

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Minoru Iwata is scheduled to pitch in an intra-squad game on February 23.  Other pitchers like Atsushi Nomi and Kyuji Fujikawa are also expected to make appearances during the game.

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4th round draft pick Kazuo Ito will get to pitch at least one inning in relief during a practice game against Orix on Saturday.

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Kenji Jojima and Craig Brazell took extra indoor fielding practice at first, on the artificial turf at Ginoza Dome, on Thursday.

FYI: It took INF/base-running coach Teruyoshi Kuji about twenty minutes to hit 130 baseballs to Jojima and Brazell.  And it was Jojima that asked Kuji to help him check on ball movement on artificial turf -- Brazell jumped in on his own.

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During sliding exercises on Thursday, Hiroki Uemoto had to slide underneath a bat that Yutaka Wada swung.

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Tomoaki Kanemoto could play in his first game on February 19 (exhibition game vs Yomiuri).  If Kanemoto is able to play in a game in February, it will be a first since 2/24/2002.

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With help from Keiichi Yabu, Kazuhito Futagami worked on his fork and change during his bullpen session on Thursday.

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Kimiyasu Kudo visited Ginoza camp on Thursday.