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Hanshin Tigers: March 7, 2012

by on Mar.07, 2012 @ 11:50 pm, under NPB

Shinjiro Hiyama took batting practice outdoors for the first time since his injury.

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Kohei Shibata could get to play some defense during a Kyoiku League game against the Chunichi Dragons on March 9.

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Sanspo reports that Daiki Enokida will likely continue to pitch out of the bullpen this year.

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The Tigers got a new batting dummy on Tuesday after their previous dummy suffered "a serious right knee injury" that prevented it from standing upright.

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Matt Murton and Craig Brazell took team staff out to eat Mexican food on Monday night in Hakata.  The food was followed by some Karaoke.

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Brazell hit an inside-the-park home run during an exhibition game against the Softbank Hawks on Tuesday.

The last inside-the-park home run hit during an exhibition game: Yoshimoto Tani (Orix) on March 3, 2001 against Kintetsu.  The last ITP homer hit during a friendly game: Akihiro Yano (Hanshin) against the New York Yankees on March 29, 2004.  Two ITP homers were hit last year: Masato Watanabe (LOT) on July 7, 2011 and Kensuke Uchimura (RAK) on September 24, 2011.  The last Hanshin ITP homer: Tomochika Tsuboi in July 5, 1998 against Hiroshima.

And according to Sponichi, through Tuesday, Brazell is 34-for-92 with seven homers and twenty RBI over five years of exhibition games in Japan.

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