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Hanshin Tigers: February 27, 2012

by on Feb.27, 2012 @ 11:52 pm, under NPB

Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Monday

  • Minoru Iwata threw fifty-four pitches in the bullpen.  He also tested his two-seamer. (Sanspo)

Sunday

  • Daiki Enokida threw forty-three pitches in the bullpen. (Sanspo)

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The Ni-gun Tigers closed out Aki camp today.

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It appears Yutaka Wada will use Yasutomo Kubo as a starter this season.

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Kyuji Fujikawa would like to try and throw his slow curve at under 100km/h.

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The Tigers originally planned to work on plays involving signs today, but pushed their plans up a day because of the rain out on Sunday.

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1st round draft pick Hayata Ito stayed back after practices on Sunday and spent about an hour hitting 392 baseballs.  His workouts ended at around 5:20pm.

Incidentally, Ito also swung the bat about 300 times before hand (during regular BP and a first round of extra batting practice).

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Shinjiro Hiyama took fielding practice in center at Naruohama on Sunday.  It was a first since his injury.

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Tomoaki Kanemoto will likely begin playing left field on March 9.  He is also slated to play left in the two exhibition games against MLB teams on March 25 and 26.

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Craig Brazell took some extra fielding practice on Sunday.  OF/base-running coach Koichi Sekikawa gave Brazell tips on how to use his feet when throwing the ball -- fifteen throws after fielding grounders and four throws after catching fly balls.

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Matt Murton told reporters on Sunday that he wanted to play in every remaining game until opening day (practice games, intra-squad games, and exhibition games).  Sanspo seems to think he meant only exhibition games.  In either case, at least seventeen games.

Murton also made sure to spend some time signing autographs on Sunday despite the rain.

Wada hinted on Sunday that he might try batting Murton in a slot other than first and third.

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The Tigers added eleven Mitsuya Cider Box Seat sections on the first base side (five for five people and six for four people).  That is in addition to the seventeen they already have on the third base side.  Tickets for this and other sections at Koshien Stadium will go on sale to the general public beginning on Tuesday.

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The media learned on Sunday that the Tigers are continuing to keep an eye on Ryota Igarashi and have apparently told his agent that they will be interested if he decides to return to Japan.

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Former Tiger Masayuki Kakefu participated in a talk session held at the Museum of Hanshin Koshien Stadium on Sunday and told fans he was against the idea of playing Brazell in left.  He also said the Yomiuri Giants will likely take the Central League and that the Tigers could end up finishing anywhere between 2nd place and 5th place.

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Actor Takuro Tatsumi visited Ginoza camp on Sunday.