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Hanshin Tigers: March 11, 2012

by on Mar.11, 2012 @ 11:54 pm, under NPB

If Atsushi Nomi gets the opening day start and wins, he will have picked up victories on opening day two years in a row.  That will make him the fifth player in franchise history (since the start of the two-league format), and first since Yuya Ando (2008-2010), to win consecutive opening day starts.

And only five other left-handed pitchers in franchise history have recorded consecutive opening day starts:

  1. Yutaka Enatsu twice: 1969-1971 and 1973-1975
  2. Koji Nakada: 1988-1989
  3. Toshiro Yufune: 1994-1995
  4. Nobuyuki Hoshino: 2000-2001
  5. Kei Igawa: 2002-2006

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Shinjiro Hiyama spent about five minutes in the batting cages (pitching machines) on Saturday.

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Akihito Fujii played catch at a distance of about sixty meters during workouts at Naruohama on Saturday.  He also threw the last three baseballs as a catcher would.

Fujii is currently slated to take part in situational batting practice on March 14 and 15.  Assuming no problems, he could play in a Kyoiku League game as early as March 17.